Five Minute Friday – Focus

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Hi Everyone-

I’m doing this 5 minute writing challenge again…and again.

As just a reminder, here’s what this challenge is all about-

This is a weekly writing “game”  from my bloggy friend Lisa-Jo Baker, who blogs (and writes heart-breakingly, beautiful words and stories) at

So, here’s the challenge: you write for 5 minutes, free, like you have no fear or shame or no editor inside your head (that’s last one’s a hard one for me)…and then you link up to her blog, and encourage the writer who links up before you.  This last piece is crucial, as we need to encourage others.

Each week is a new word, a new thought starter, and you have 5 minutes to write….and are you ready? go-


So often I see out of focus; so often I am not able to concentrate on the small joys in front of me.

It’s hard to look at life out of focus; it seems as if I am on the endless teeter totter of emotions and perspective that make me look at life with blinders-unaware of others, binoculars-way too zoomed in on others and their flaws, or with a near-sighted vision, not able to see close enough that allows me to trip over details and little speed bumps I should have been able to see coming.

So often I lose it.  And I think, so often we lose it too, as people–we focus on money, on jobs, on our satisfaction with life and miss the little ones tugging at our hems, asking for just one more piggy back ride.

Focus-goodness, it’s hard to grasp; elusive, like the Loch Ness monster.

But there is one special tool we have, one magic fairy wand, as it were that helps me see what I really need to, a magic looking-glass that refines it all for me, daily.

And that is God.  Thank God for God.

One response

  1. Kristen Hamilton

    Just stopping in (finally) from Five Minute Friday community! Your words are so true. Thanks for the re-focus!


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