Five Minute Friday: PLACE

Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday. Our instructions, via creator Kate Motaung: “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.” Today’s prompt: PLACE .

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When I first started thinking through the prompt “place,” I began feeling sad about all of the wonderful places I haven’t been to recently. Of the fact that our limitations right now (budget, time) are going to keep us close to home.

I thought about the fact that I couldn’t say the last time I dipped my toes in the ocean, about the fact that I may not make it to my “happy place,” New York City, in 2017.

I said to myself, “gosh, you haven’t been anywhere beautiful.”

That’s not a pitiful intention —- but I love traveling and it fortifies me, thoroughly.

My husband and I did spend Sunday afternoon, however, at the coast (about a half hour south of Tallahassee). It was so short it was more of a tease but …. It WAS beautiful. Nature, sunshine, water, reeds, animals. Peace (and the yummy food was a plus too!).

I’m struggling, too, though with a deeper need for place. As I search for another part time  job, the first one that would be out of my house, I can barely visualize not being at my dining room table, at the laptop. Honestly, WHAT WOULD I WEAR? More to the point, how would I fit in? It’s easy to get used to talking mostly through my keyboard rather than to people, face-to-face. Conversely, I do miss the day-to-day of office life (even though it had its decided down points!!).

Place is elusive; staying centered calls on us to be confident and grounded.

I wonder where my kids will find their places as life goes on, especially with my daughter graduating from college next year.

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12 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: PLACE

    • It can, Andrew. I really could have written for 5 hours — there are so many angles to “place” — physical location, status in the world, on and on. I think the main value (one of them) of these prompts is making us think through the absolute priorities regarding whatever the topic is. // And that’s cool that you grew up in Hackensack. I probably go overboard in raving about NYC and my time there but it made me a different person in some very fundamental ways, and no other place does that, still. // Praying for you, friend.

  1. Oh, NYC is a great place! I think we all need a happy place, may it be a city or a trip to the ocean or just a cup of coffee on the porch. Maybe we just need to create these places close to us. Happy Friday!

    • Thanks. I do too (on the prompts)! I may not be following the guidelines of the group (because Kate usually provides some context around the one word) but I like letting my mind struggle to pick which use of something like “place” strikes a chord for me at that moment.

  2. “Place is elusive; staying centered calls on us to be confident and grounded.”

    I love that quote from your post. 🙂

    I can’t say that I share your love for NYC. I prefer the stillness and quiet of mountains, country, and/or an uncrowded seaside to the hustle and bustle of the city but then I’m a strong introvert and a born country girl. Though I really should visit NYC once before I leave my earthly home. Who knows maybe I’ll be surprised and love it! LOL

    • Thanks for visiting! Yes, NYC is intense and I think people end up either intensely loving or deciding it’s not for them. There are, surprisingly, some tranquil and peaceful places there, such as Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island; go there if you plan a trip! 🙂

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