Five Minute Friday – Present

5minutefridayToday I am taking a day off from the Photo-A-Day challenge to write my Five Minute Friday posting.  I will be back to the photos tomorrow and may even post today’s then.

Today’s word for Five Minute Friday is Present.

Here are the rules:

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…

Now GO …

presentA present is something precious. The thoughtfulness of a special gift that a loved one has bought for you is a treasure.

Watching my son open an anticipated gift on Christmas morning or on his birthday is a real treat.

He is so thrilled and appreciative and then loves to play with the new item.  Most of the day when a new gift is received is spent playing with and learning all about the new item.

More important is the here and now — not the past or future but the present.

Until I had a child of my own, I didn’t totally understand the concept of living in the present.  I would spend a lot of time thinking about the future and the past.  Ian helps me live in the moment and savor each and every second.

It is amazing that kids can totally be engaged and consumed (in a good way) with whatever is in front of them at the time.  They don’t worry about the next meal, having power in the house, or missing a favorite tv show because a bill can’t be paid.

I think we can learn a lot from a child.  The gift of time is an amazing present and one that I try to make the best of.   And, I do my best to always be totally there in the moment.

I wonder if we can truly live in the present and savor the excitement, wonder, and possibilities of each day like a child does.  I am sure going to try.

Now, STOP!!!

To read other blogs from the Five Minute Friday community, please see http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/five-minute-friday-present/

5 Minute Friday — Here

5minutefriday5 Minute Friday Word for April 12 is Here  

Today’s topic for 5 Minute Friday is Here.  Here the rules:

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…

Now GO (and try not to be distracted by Ian sitting next to me singing and cutting out shapes).

I remember a great song in the 1980s with the lyrics, “Here and now, I promise to love faithfully.”  That is one great promise.

I also think of the expression here today and gone tomorrow.  I have heard that said for many years but never really thought about it.  It is an important thing to remember since we have no idea how long we have in this life.

The main meaning for here to me is being present and totally into the life in front of me.  Having a 5-year-old helps me to do that.

Have you noticed how good kids are about making the most of every day?  They don’t waste time thinking about what they didn’t do yesterday or worrying about what tomorrow will bring.  They just wake up and hit the ground running each day.

I think that is a great life lesson for me to keep in mind.  Some days I can get so overwhelmed about what is going on over the next week that I forget to stop and truly appreciate what is right in front of me.

Okay stop.  Times up.  And, Ian didn’t even distract me that much!  Thanks Ian!!

I wonder if I can truly be here and now each day this week?  I am going to do be best to do so!  Hope you can as well.

Read more thoughts on “Broken” at Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday link-up today.