My heart aches to understand why a certain love didn’t last… but it hopes for a love that lasts in the future.
This Friday is my last day amongst an office of new friends, and my daughter’s last day with a teacher with whom she has spent two months and come to love… but I am comforted to know it’s not the last time we’ll say goodbye and our memories will last a lifetime.
Five minutes will never cover the bits of empty and ache that last has left me…. nor will it cover the fulfillment of friendships, family, and memories that have lasted through beautifully turbulent times.
Sometimes we think about how we want to leave lasting impressions or how we should end all of our interactions with kindness and love… just in case it’s the last we ever get to say to that person.
It’s incredible to me how “last” can leave a hole in one’s heart and yet lasting, particularly lasting love, can fill it.
And while this FMF post is short of a full five minutes, I can’t imagine how different and plain “last” might feel without the voice of Etta James… “At Last” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-cbOl96RFM
Hello again to #FMFParty at http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/five-minute-friday-belong/ I’m excited to give this 2nd post of unedited, unplanned, free-flowing writing a GO…
I write from a place where I am an outsider, as I’m on an international assignment for a couple of months. The people I’m around are wonderfully warm and inclusive and I really couldn’t be more fortunate… Nevertheless, there are moments, I recognize I’m not “belonging” in a typical way here.
But thankfully, they are fleeting moments… I belong to many groups and in many places and even here belong in my own way and above all, I belong to Him.
One of my fave blogs has the tag line of “we belong to each other” and the best sense of the word “belong” strkes me from there… We take care of the people who belong to us. We love them and share our space, our resources, our patience, our time… And through that they sense their belonging.
I’m grateful for those who give me the sense of belonging when I least expect it… and I aspire to give that sense back to them, and to many many more. This belonging to each other is something that I believe is a powerful tool in healing a broken world. It’s so much more than inclusion and tolerance and acceptance. It’s wrapping our hearts around the people with whom we come in contact, be it for a moment on the street, or on a daily basis…
PS aforementioned blog is momastery.com 🙂
A warm hello to Lisa-Jo and her merry band of 5 minute free writing Flash-Mobbers. I am excited to join the party. You can learn more here: http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-friday/
This week’s topic is “Present”
Present (v) – you present something to someone/people… you show them or give it to them or something is presented to you or presents itself
Present (n) – 1) a gift: give someone a present
Present (n) – 2) refers to right now: live in the present
Present (adj) – describing something or someone is there: he was present
It’s interesting that this homonym represents a few different things, isn’t it? Or is it? Perhaps if we think about presence, it’s a state or even a feeling of being “there” “now” physically or otherwise. What a gift we have that things we love and cherish do not disappear moments after we experience them. And yet, what a gift we have in the opportunity to think nothing of yesterday or tomorrow, but just soak in and experience any moment we are currently in!
***How can time be up already??? Someone tell me this gets easier, will ya!***