Friday, August 19, 2011

Five Minute Friday

A few of the blogs I love to read have been participating in the 5 minute Fridays.  At first  I was intrigued, now I am challenged. We will see how this goes, no promises, no guarantees, but it is a start...

From The Gypsy Mama:  "So, here’s the skinny: I keep thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And so a while back I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.
No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Just painting with words. Finger-painting even.
For only five minutes.
I love that so many of you loved that idea too. So we gather here every Friday to compare our five minute masterpieces, in all their messy beauty. We just write, without worrying if it’s just right or not."

This weeks word is New....ready, set, go....

When I first heard the word New...I couldn't help but think that is a perfect word to describe life after cancer.  Okay, not a perfect word, but possible a good word--if you are having a good day, that is...

Cancer survivors realize that every day is a new day with new possibilities.  The challenge is our old ways can trip us up.  The courage and strength we leaned on going through our treatment journey, often gets buried with day to day busyness of life.

To be honest this is something that has frustrated me, especially of late.  I don't want to run the rat race of life.  I want to live a joyous new life.  I want to inspire and be inspired.  I want to share and encourage.  I want to share with others the promise of Hope Lives Now! 

Hmmm, thinking of my time since diagnosis, I have had many new experiences:  my first plane ride, my first trip alone, two out of town writer's conference, speaking with an editor, blogging, meeting awesome new people, and coordinating a support group.

Well, after trying this new experience of writing for five minutes, I am once again, refocused...ready and waiting for some new experiences!

If your interested in joining the 5 minute Fridays, please check out The Gypsy Mama!




4 comments:

Mary Aalgaard said...

Great reflections on what's New!

Maryann said...

It has been so easy for me to forget the lessons I had learned when I was going through my cancer treatment. After reading your post I realized I am slipping back into the rat race(and many of my old ways) Good reminder to slow down, savor each day.
Blessings

stringsattachedministries said...

This is a great post! You sound like an old hand at this Five Minute Friday thing!:) I'm glad you've joined up and hope to hear more from you!

"The courage and strength we leaned on going through our treatment journey, often gets buried with day to day busyness of life."- So true...

Charissa Steyn said...

wow stunning post. thanks for sharing your heart here, very inspiring!