Five Minute Friday – Opportunity

04 Jan


It’s Five Minute Friday again!  Yeah, we’re back on, regardless of technical difficulties!  It’s our chance to write for five minutes flat – Unscripted.  Unedited.  Real.  Just five minutes of focused writing.

We call it our “Flashmob of Writers” and it happens here:


I don’t normally have to leave the house to clear my mind, but today it was necessary.  Desperately necessary.

It was dark as I drove down my country road thinking I might stop and park at the library to write.

All day I’ve {NEEDED} an opportunity to have some peace and quiet.  Time to be alone, with no one underfoot or the laundry begging to be finished – or even a computer screen staring me in the face.

Wow, I was hardly able to keep my eyes on the road – I was so distracted by the sky.  It was amazingly clear and the stars were as bright as diamonds overhead.

Opportunity is sometimes completely unexpected.  I ran to the grocery store, then parked at the library and got out and leaned against the car to look at the sky.  I would have pulled out the pen and notebook right there and then, but it was my opportunity to just BE there, looking up… loving what I could see with the naked eye.

Orion’s belt was in the Eastern sky – clear and precise regardless of the streetlights.  I’m in AWE.  And I’m a little saddened that this nature-lover hasn’t been bundled up and spending a little more time outside looking at the stars.  It was like it was created just for me, and I had been ignoring it.

Sometimes opportunity is unexpected, but this sky full of beautiful, untouched stars is available almost every night.  An opportunity I shouldn’t be passing up.


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11 responses to “Five Minute Friday – Opportunity

  1. Bon Crowder (@mathfour)

    January 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Some people are flower people (and need to stop and smell them) – looks like you’re a stargazer. And you found again the need to stop and peer at the universe.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Sue

      January 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Thanks Bon for your comments! I think I forgot to just get outside and breathe the fresh air too! I loved your site, will return and look through at length!

  2. Laura Beth

    January 4, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Hi, I’m here from Lisa Jo’s blog. I can so relate to this!! If I have ever had a bad or hard day, looking up at the night sky does wonders for me. Puts it all into perspective!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sue

      January 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Laura Beth, Thanks for stopping by! Perspective was exactly what I needed!

  3. hsmominmo

    January 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Visiting from Five Minute Friday. How wonderful that you took advantage of the opportunity this morning, and that you are reminded of the AWEsomeness of it all. a reminder to us all.

    • Sue

      January 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Thank you for coming by and reading my FMF post… I’ve enjoyed the lack of linky tool, I ended up finding lots of new people to connect with today!

  4. janiscox

    January 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    So glad to have you visit. Thanks for the advice – I am working on it. But now I have to go and stop being Martha – get off the computer and be Mary with my hubby. 🙂

  5. Lorretta @Dancing On The Dash

    January 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I needed to come check out what’s goin on in your corner of the blogosphere! And boy oh boy do I understand this. In fact, I’m considering a “me” moment sometime this week for this very reason. It’s difficult to do this when I school and work with hubby on a computer from home. I feel like I can’t get my head and heart squared before God. So yes. taking the opportunity to go “off the gird” is becoming more and more appealing and necessary! Blessings Sister!

    • Sue

      January 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Thanks for the visit! I do so enjoy your blog and it seems like we all are getting centered and back on track again as everyone gets back into a regular routine. But I was caught off guard yesterday – and I was really excited for Five Minute Friday… But you never know what the day is going to hold ; )

  6. donna1425

    January 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Taking the opportunity to drink it all in before expounding in ink or paint is often hard. We want to be sure to record the moments for all posterity…but sometimes we just need to BE :0)! Thanks for sharing. Stopped by from FMF :0).

    • Sue

      January 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Thanks for the visit Donna…Is it possible to schedule the “just BE” part? That way we wouldn’t miss it, ya know?

      ; )


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