Saturday, 13 July 2013

Five minute Fridays: Present

I've been aware of Five Minute Fridays for awhile now. I've been tempted to try, but a little leery too.  My posts are usually months in the pondering, hours in the writing, perpetual in the editing. A five-minute deadline sounded more than a little daunting. But when I saw yesterday's prompt (this afternoon), I thought it was finally take the plunge. Surely it's still Friday somewhere, right? Beyond starting way late, I only cheated a little - getting Voskamp's name right wasn't happening in five minutes, let alone the link, but I wanted to include the reference. Do check out Lisa-Jo Baker to find links to all the other wonderful writers who participated this week. Setting the timer:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.. - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/five-minute-friday-present/#sthash.wy5IwCDQ.dpuf
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.. - See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/five-minute-friday-present/#sthash.wy5IwCDQ.dpuf1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Present.

It's all there is really. This moment, this rhythmic, stilted clicking of keys, birds mixing with traffic noise wafting in the window along with the breeze, giggles trickling down from upstairs (I'm told there's a waterfall for airplanes to climb). Just now. The clutter on my desk beckons to-do lists, past and future, but when I do deal with the mess - the school year's of papers, a stack of day camp art, the pens, the dust, the what-not - it will be a new now. It's funny how easy it is to forget the present, to skim the surface of experience instead of diving deep. To be carried by the currant steals moments away too soon. But by sinking into this gift, this present, as Ann Voskamp tells us, time slows. And like that last lick of icecream, those cake crumbs last savoured, my presence makes the present so sweet.

6 comments:

  1. So beautiful, Rachel. :-) I love this idea, love your words and observations. :-) Thank you so much for your comment on my post this week. I will email you soon but wanted to give you a big hug first. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Krista. I'm glad I gave the idea a try. It's amazing to see how much you've already mulled over enough to write about on demand ;) I'll look forward to your email; always game for hugs :)

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  2. Beautiful post, Rachel. You reminded me that the present is a gift and by being fully present in the present, I give thanks to the Giver.

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