I came across this interesting idea while browsing a blog a few nights ago. It’s called Five Minute Friday. A word is posted and the idea is to write for five minutes about that word. No revisions. No endless editing. Just five minutes of letting ideas and words flow.
Sounds great to me! I am giving it a try for the first time this week. The word for the week is: middle. Here goes…
Middle. This gives the impression of being stuck in between. Not where you started, not where you wanted to end up. In the middle. Waiting.
I teach middle-schoolers, so the idea of being in the middle is pretty fresh for me. Middle school…not quite elementary…not quite high school. Not quite a child, but not quite a young adult. Stuck in-between.
But, I think there’s beauty in being in the in-between. When you are in the in-between, you can look back and see how far you’ve come. You can see growth. It’s possible to celebrate the successes that have been made. But, you can still look ahead and set goals. You can still alter your path. The course you are on can still be changed.
I have been in the middle often.
In the middle of grief…looking back at the excruciating first moments of loss. Still feeling the pain. Looking ahead to the “new normal” of the future.
In the middle of insecurity…looking back at the moment I knew change was necessary. Feeling the fear of the unknown. Looking forward to my hope of a changed future.
Well…I didn’t get as far as I had hoped in five minutes of free writing! But, I enjoyed this exercise, and I will be back at it next week.
In the meantime, I will enjoy my time in the middle.
Take good care.