1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing. (I still struggle with this.)
2. Link back to?the Gypsy Mama and invite others to join in. ?(The button code can be found in the side bar on her site.)
3.?Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you.
Today?s prompt is Beyond.
Beyond myself. ?That is where I need to look. ?There are my children to tend. ?My husband to support (emotionally anyway). ?They need encouragement and love. ?These things I know. ?Beyond myself. ?But sometimes, like now, I am tired. ?I want to rest. ?To snuggle in a comforter fresh from the dryer with a cup of steaming coffee infused with mocha. ?Seems selfish when I think about what my family needs from me. ?But is it really? ?Perhaps they can snuggle with me. ?The comforter is big enough and I could make them hot chocolate. ?That could do. ?Ah. ?But I am trying to think beyond myself. ?Not in that I don’t matter kind of way, but in that I know there are others who need what I am able to give. ?I can give love and encouragement. ?I can think beyond myself. ?I can always prepare a comforter and coffee later. ?First them. ?Because I choose it. ?I don’t have to do anything. ?I make no bones about that. ?I choose my life. ?I was gifted that. ?As we all were. ?I hear poeple talk about obligation and duty. ?But I see those things as choice too. ?Now things don’t always work out well for those who choose to ignore them but they can still choose….
Sometimes I feel I’m just getting into things there at the end of my five minutes. ?What about you? ?Do these five minute writing prompts seem more like doorways to other thought trains?
*Photo: Dark Beauty by kennymatic, obtained through Flickr.