Time for Five Minute Friday
It’s funny how today’s five minute Friday is the exact word I was hoping for. The thought must be in the atmosphere, bouncing between like minds, pondering the reasons we peck on the computer. I write because it is an outlet for me to say what is on my mind. I write to throw thoughts, daydreams, opinions, and my heart on a visible surface so that I can go back and see what I’ve come from. I write because it gives me a voice that I’m afraid of using when I’m around others. I write because for some strange reason it brings me peace. I write because I am in love with words. I write because I want words returned to me. I write because I want to be completely honest with my emotions. I write to be sincere. There is power in words, in writing.
I began writing in a journal when I was ten years old. My grandmother bought a diary for me. I scribbled in it and admitted who I had a crush on or why I was frustrated with my parents. My grandmother kept a notebook by her bedside, she scribbled in it as well. Her handwriting looked like chicken scratch.
But beauty came from the words she scratched down. Her heart was poured upon that notebook. She would often speak of what she did for the day, such as shopping, visiting people, and church. But, she would also talk about her concerns with her children and grandchildren. I think her journal was visible letters to God, it was like David’s psalms in the Bible. My grandmother didn’t have much of an education, she made up for it through the huge heart she had for her family and others. I miss my grandmother, but I thank God for all that she taught me. She taught me to love, she taught me power in words, she instilled the love of writing in me.
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