Five Minutes Beyond

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.


Five Minutes BeyondBeyond 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.


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3 Responses to Five Minutes Beyond

  1. mary kathryn tyson October 21, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    i would LOVE to know where you were heading with that. or…perhaps…i wonder where i would head with that.

    this is SO good, roni. when we own and take responsibility for our choices, we can enjoy and receive the benefit and reward for them.

    you have a sweet, sweet life, friend. and you are very much a selfless soul.


    • Veronica Monique October 21, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      As a general rule I accept that what I do is my responsibility. When I fail and falter that’s me, when I succeed and prevail that’s me. I believe we were each given the power to control our own lives, the power and strength to deal with our own and help others with theirs when they invite us to. We are as we choose to live, and we can change it at any time. There is no one beyond that except those who either fail to see it or choose not too. (This word opened the door to a very deep place for me, and I feel there is still deeper for me to go. Beyond seems to be my rabbit hole.)

  2. Loni October 22, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Ohhh, I found this interesting. I think as moms we struggle so much, because of guilt, to take care of everyone else, and I am learning, I do have to take care of myself too! I am the only one that can “grow me” close to God, and my relationship with Him is personal and I need that “me” time with Him and apart from others to help refresh me so I am a better wife and mom. I am learning not to feel guilty! 🙂

    Enjoyed reading . . . and writing on “beyond” too!

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