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Five Minute Friday: Crowd

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Welcome to FIVE MINUTE FRIDAYS with Lisa Jo Baker!

About 5 Minute Fridays:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat. No editing. No backtracking. No over thinking. (OK, maybe just a little.)
2. Link back to Lisa Jo’s site: LisaJoBaker.com
3. Visit the person before you and leave a comment to encourage them.

Today’s prompt: CROWD

I so love the idea of being places where there are lots of people. Festivals, celebrations, shows, etc. Somehow it creates in me a feeling of belonging. That I’m somehow included and not left out. Being left out, or the feeling of it, is awful.

The problem is… I don’t like to be in crowds. In fact, my kids have never been to a theme park because of that fact. It was quite evident the morning my oldest was playing a game at church. The youth pastor said two things and the kids had to decide which side they were on and run to it. Everything was going fine until he said “SeaWorld or Six Flags”. My daughter stood alone in the middle. She didn’t know what either one was and ended up shrugging her shoulders and running to a side.

I went to Disney once (ONCE) and didn’t like it. (I know. The Disney fans just fainted.) It was not the happiest place on earth for me. There were too many people. Too much waiting. Too many long lines with sweaty people. It.was.too.much.

I’m more of an explore as you go person. I love climbing the side of a mountain, hiking through the woods, fishing in a lake, etc. Activities that actually allow my brain to rest and my heart to hear. To experience new things and spaces.

I do brave crowds occasionally, but they are not my favorite.

Five Minute Friday: CHOOSE

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Welcome to FIVE MINUTE FRIDAYS with Lisa Jo Baker!

About 5 Minute Fridays:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat. No editing. No backtracking. No over thinking. (OK, maybe just a little.)
2. Link back to Lisa Jo’s site: LisaJoBaker.com
3. Visit the person before you and leave a comment to encourage them.

Today’s prompt: CHOOSE

Today I choose.

Choose to reflect on the blessings in my life.

Choose to let go (again).

Choose to see that where I am is where I am supposed to be.

Choose to live in freedom.

Choose to accept the fact that I could not be the person I am today without all the things that happened before today.

Choose to see myself as God sees me, not how others see me.

Choose to make decisions that are healthy for me.

So many times I look at the choices I’ve made, or others have made, in relation to where I am today.

I read so many great quotes about living in the moment, cherishing the time I have now, etc. and they sound so great. And they make me feel good…for the moment I read them, or maybe a few more. But then life happens and stress attempts to swallow me and I’m back to looking at my choices. My day runs through my head at the end of the day about the choices made – good or bad. It’s like a movie that won’t stop. Especially when, in my opinion, there was a “bad” choice made that day. Often, I’m replaying the SAME conversation/decision over and over in my brain. It’s exhausting. Melatonin is a welcomed friend at that point.

But today I choose to accept the choices I’ve made thus far in my journey on earth. I choose to move forward in anticipation of what comes next while enjoying the blessings I have today.

Today I choose joy. Not happiness, but true joy.