On Fridays I like to do two things. Sing my Friday song and write for five minutes. The five minute writing exercise is inspired by Lisa-Jo who hosts Five Minute Fridays for a fast growing number of bloggers who join in on the fun. We simply write for five minutes (no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking) on the prompt word of Lisa-Jo's choosing. Today's prompt word is LOOK
When I take the daycare children on walks we have a rule about crossing streets. STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! We all cross together and before we do I call out, "Look to your left! Look to your right! Let's do it again! Left? Right? CLEAR! GO!" I also discuss using our ears to keep us safe by listening. We make a game out of listening for cars and finding them.
Our tour guide at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art taught our group the value of really looking at a piece of art. She provided history, shedding light on the time period and culture that influenced each piece. It was amazing what you can learn when you REALLY look.
Oh, how often do I skip the looking part. I need to remind myself to STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! while conversing with others.....especially my family. When I slow down to really look and listen I gain much more insight to the words that are hiding "between the lines". Taking the time to look deeper, like we did at the MET, will give me a deeper understanding and appreciation for others.
I encourage you join in the fun....or at least take some time to visit Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday to read what others have done with one simple word. I'm always touched by the words of these fabulous writers.