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Friday, July 29, 2011

Five Minute Friday - Wild Stillness

Five Minute Friday - Join The Gypsy Mama at (in)courage today 
for just 5 minutes of writing without regard to perfection.  Today's topic:  "Still". 

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With 11 kids that live in this house, give or take a few at any given time, I have very little time to be still.  Even while I sleep, my mind makes mental lists and I gather and fret and worry about all that tomorrow will hold.  My eyes roll into the darkness and head sinks down heavy on pillow-fluff and there’s the cry of a nightmare, the need of clean sheets from a nighttime accident, the allure of another glass of water.  I rarely get to be still.

In just a few minutes, I’ll head for the airport and after this flight and that, and a bit of a drive eastward, I’ll arrive in Destin, Florida for some much needed stillness with a good friend.  There is stillness found in laughter, sometimes, did you know that?  There are friends with whom your soul settles and you are made quiet, even amidst raucous amusement and loud, long-overdue catching up.

I am desperately in need of this, and so grateful for the chance to slip out for just a few short days.  Close your eyes and slip your mental toes down into the warm sand, lean back and breathe in saline air, and be still with me. 

STOP

Be back Monday or Tuesday, friends.  Have a beautiful weekend!

17 comments:

  1. allthingsbeautiful4July 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Destin's beaches are the best.  Enjoy your stillness.
     

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  2. love the idea of finding stillness in laughter.. great!

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  3. so lovely. Receive the freedom to take the time for you!

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  4. " ... friends with whom your soul settles." I like that. I've got me some people like that. They help keep me still, too.

    Nice job on the five-minute prompt,  by the way! Wow!

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  5. sound lovely. enjoy every grace-filled breath of that beachy air.

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  6. Wonderful! I love the picture you painted with your words, thank you for the emotional and mental invitation, I think I will slip into some stillness. Your blog looks delightful.

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  7. How wonderful that you are getting this few days to refresh and refill. About this time every year I long for the ocean.  Soak up that stillness.

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  8. I'm amazed at the poetic descriptions you could conjure up in 5 minutes. That kind of description would take me at least 2 hours. Oh, my!
    So glad to hear that you are getting some time away with friends that settle your soul. So vivid. And putting "mental toes down into the warm sand"--I'm there.
    Awesome, Cara.
    Janis

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  9. stillness in the midst of a home full of children is difficult, isn't it?  hope you come home rested :)

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  10. Thank you, Amanda, I did get a good little break, and yes, stillness can be so difficult with little ones full of boundless energy. If only I could break off a piece of theirs and let it sustain me. :) Thanks so much for coming by!

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  11. Hi Janis! Sorry for the delayed response but yes, I hope you did put your "mental toes down into the warm sand" with me, and thanks for your kind words.

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  12. Linda, thanks for your comment. I've never been much of a beach girl (even though I was raised with my feet in the sand, it seems), but there's something about the sun and the waves and quiet breezes that is just bursting with peacefulness, isn't there? Thanks for coming by!

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  13. Did you slip into some stillness? We all need that much more than we get it, don't we? Thanks for your kind words!

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  14. Thank you, Suzannah, I did enjoy it very much. Thanks too for stopping by. I so enjoy the words you share with us on your little corner of the Internet. Have a blessed week!

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  15. Thanks Jennifer, and sorry for the delayed reply. Aren't those restful friends wonderful? Thanks for commenting!

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  16. Yes Jenn, isn't it nice to think that sometimes we don't have to be still to be still? :) Thanks for coming by!

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  17. They were so beautiful, a lovely time. Thanks for coming by!

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Your comments are such an encouragement. Thank you for sharing your valuable words.