Five Minute Friday: Story

Friday, July 06, 2012


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1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt: “Story” with no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
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Story
Stories fill my days. Stories to read to my boys about cars and far-away places. Stories to read online about the world. Stories I dream up. They are everywhere.
And yet it is so easy to miss the story of life - isn't it?   
I mean we are living story every day, even if for the most part it is a repeat of the previous day (you know same chores, same schedule). It is the story of our lives that makes it life, right?
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Shouldn't we be trying to make the story count? At least a little. Make it a goal to do one thing each day to make the story worth reading. What one thing can I do today? Did I do yesterday? Will I do tomorrow?
Maybe it's digging out a puzzle I know my oldest loves and spending 15 minutes with him while we put it together. 
Maybe it's making some cookies just for fun, even if the clean up seems daunting in the end. 
Maybe it's just going out side and seeing what happens - kids are great at coming up with ways to fill the stories and make them interesting, it's us parents and grown-ups that have place restrictions on our stories. 
So at least for 15 minutes a day, I will forget about my restrictions on my story and focus on letting life write freestyle in my book.


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2 comments

  1. Great thoughts! It really is easy to get caught up in the "everyday" aspects of our stories and let life just slip by... next thing you know your kids will be grown and your story will feel boring. Thanks for the encouragement to make the most of each day I have with my own kids. :) Thanks for linking up to FMF!

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  2. I love this thought..."kids are great at coming up with ways to fill the stories and make them interesting, it's us parents and grown-ups that have place restrictions on our stories." I want to guard against that, for me and my kids.

    I enjoyed looking through your reading lists, as well. Fun blog. :)

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