Skip to main content

Day 19 ~ LOOK

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

magnifying glassWhen 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.


  1. Stopping by from 5 Minute Friday. I too am guilty of not really looking like I should. I get so distracted by the big picture that I don't really notice the small things.

  2. Thank you, MaryEllen, for stopping by! I am so with you. The big picture, the goal, the to-do list...are all distractions for me. But life is so much sweeter when we slow down and make that connection with others. :)

  3. This is one of the reasons I'm loving my little man right now. Everything is so chaotic that only the most important things must be addressed. To be able to look and see what is important is a luxury I didn't have before when I had time on my hands. :) It doesn't make sense, but at the same time it does.

  4. I completely understand what you mean SKM! Being forced to prioritize while while being immersed in chaos can really open out eyes to what REALLY is important.

  5. What a fun idea to write for 5 minutes without editing yourself! I like to remind myself to stop and look at all the beautiful things in my life and be thankful.

  6. I often find that when I meet someone new I would be concentrating on what I was going to say out of nervousness and then I'd realize I didn't hear their name at all. I am learning to slow down and really focus because my brain can go a mile a minute sometimes and I lose something in the moment. Good reminder to really stop and look for what God has put in our paths.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Stay-cation: Fun Things to Do Around Rochester, MN

Family vacations are expensive. Gas, lodging, meals...oh, and then there is the admission cost to all the cool things that you want to see. Vacations cost more than a small fortune. Now figure in the loss of income (some of us don't get paid vacations) and you've "broke the bank". Enter the stay-cation. Gas costs are reduced. Lodging is covered. Meals, although still necessary, can be made at home and packed in a cooler. This summer, instead of taking a week off, I am taking a couple long weekends. One weekend we will be traveling "Up North" to visit my husband's college buddy. Otherwise we're keeping our exploring near to home.

Another benefit to a stay-cation is a little extra time for home projects. I can keep up with the laundry, instead of having a week's worth of laundry to do when I return home. Isn't that the worst part of vacation - the accumulation of dirty clothes you have to wash after being away from home all week? Gardening can…

Homemade Facial Cleansing Pads

My son become a teenager last fall and has since had to battle with teenage acne. At first he seemed to wear it with pride. His acne was a sign for all to see that he had made a passage from boyhood to manhood. This "rite of passage" has grown old and has been replaced with another rite of passage. Vanity. He's willing to try all the acne products at Walmart despite the way his mother freaks out as she reads the labels. Not to mention the cost. Thus began my search for a natural, homemade acne treatment for my dear man-child.

Common sense told me to start with tea tree oil and witch hazel. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and witch hazel is a natural astringent. Both helpful in treating acne.

Witch Hazel
Tea Tree Oil
Cotton Rounds

1 cup water
1/2 cup witch hazel
10 drops of tea tree oil

Place cotton rounds in a container (I happened to have a small glass jar that the rounds fit perfectly in!) and top with mixture.

Day 27 ~ Italian Meatloaf in a (Freezer) Bag

Making meals ahead of time saves time, energy and stress as I discussed onDay 12. This is another meal that I prepared a few weeks ago when I made ten meals for the freezer. This recipe won my families approval so I can now share it with you! :) In a freezer bag combine: 2 lbs of ground beef (or turkey if you wish), 1/4 cup oatmeal, 2 T. Wildtree* Hearty Spaghetti Blend, 2 T. Wildtree*Rancher Steak Rub, 2 eggs. Now here's the fun part. Squish it all up to distribute the herbs into the meat. Label the bag and store in the freezer. Easy. Gathering supplies (if already on hand) and assembling this meal takes less then 15 minutes. The hard part is remembering ahead of time to take the meatloaf out of the freezer to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This is where sticky notes on the refrigerator come in handy.  When ready to bake, form into a loaf and bake for 50-55 minutes. Add marinara sauce during last 10-15 minutes of baking. 
While baking the meatloaf prepare the "topping&qu…