Five Minute Friday (Even Though It’s Saturday) – Middle

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…

there's beauty in the middleGO

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.

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5 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday (Even Though It’s Saturday) – Middle

  • January 15, 2017 at 4:18 am

    You did great for your first time. It’s always an interesting experience. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you come again.

    Melinda (your neighbor at FMF)

    • January 15, 2017 at 4:25 am

      Thanks Melinda! 🙂

  • January 15, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I agree. There is beauty in the middle. It is a good place to stop and take a breath before taking the next step.

    Welcome to your first FMF! Kind of a neighbor too (#76). I’m moderately new. Did this too long ago and only briefly, but I am hoping to keep it up as much as possible this year. 🙂 Have a great week, and hey, thanks for teaching those middle schoolers. That can be a rough time. It takes a special soul.

    • January 15, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Kelly! FMF seems like a fun way to get myself writing as well as a participate in a great community. I plan to head back over today to read a few more posts. I will check yours out! Have a good week.

  • January 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Yes, in the middle, close enough to see how far, yet not so far that adjustments can still be made.

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