Friday, September 27, 2013

5 Minute Friday: True

The Steve Miller Band at Austin City Limits
It's true I have a hard time letting go and having fun.  Somehow, I turned out all kinds of uptight.  I'm work-oriented, goal-driven, and competitive.

And sometimes I realize with all of this, I neglect to live in the true spirit God has given me.

The truth is, I feel as though I've spent much of my life fighting, striving, forcing.

This kinda stymies the whole play/fun/relax thing, yes?

But, I know it's in there, longing to get out.  There's this girl who picks flowers and puts them in her hair.  There's this girl that creates art, even if it's not perfect.  There's this girl who's willing to wait patiently on a bench, swinging her feet, until God shows her what's next.

Inside this woman is a girl who longs to play.

A girl who gets so caught up in life that she loses track of time once in awhile and doesn't care.  A girl who chooses to make a dance party of one at a Steve Miller Band concert because she's caught up in the guitar and crazy lyrics.  A girl who runs just to feel the wind on her cheeks, not to win a race.  A girl who can somehow find delight in mess.

Gotta find this girl.


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I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:




1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

14 comments :

  1. Yes! You can find her. :) I can relate to this so much. Don't stop looking for her. Here from FMF. http://maryhess.com/five-minute-friday-true/

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    1. Thank you -- sometimes a little encouragement is what I need!

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  2. Oh my, Jen! I thought I was reading about myself! Really, this is ME! I love to laugh and do it often but there's that part of me that just doesn't seem playful and holds back way too much. I'll keep looking if you do. Deal?

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    1. Deal! And I'm so glad you are looking to join up with the SDG community! There is passion and fun with in it for sure!

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  3. *hugs*
    There is MIRTH, and Joy and laughter... and they can even be found in the serious. :)

    There is a balance to it all.
    Spend some time dancing in your living room today, remembering the times of spinning around just to see your skirt twirl around you! :)

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    1. I love your comment, Meredith. "Mirth" is actually relatively new to my vocabulary. But I now have a sign on my wall that says "Add mirth and real enjoyment to life's requirements."

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  4. keep on rockin' me baby...cuz time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping - into the future...smiles, Jen! Let's fly like an eagle...

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  5. This is a good reminder to me! I often feel like I'm living with a dual personality--the driven, hard-working, quiet girl and the one who just wants to laugh and be weird. :-) Great post!

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  6. LOL - I know that girl so well. It took me a while to learn I didn't have to fight for the space to be me anymore - and I had to really fight that fight. But one day, I was figuratively swinging away and I realized I was swinging at air. It was figuratively pausing and embarrasing - but it was a huge relieft. Yeah - I tell corny jokes, am much to literal to just let go - or maybe it's a pavlov thing - I learned not to let go because when I did - I got figuratively smacked down. Oh, I want to be that girl dancing in the field:) I'm like you - I gotta find that girl:)

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    1. Praying you dance in the field. Maybe one day we'll get to be in the same field on the same day. And we won't have to be a dance party of one!

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  7. "But, I know it's in there, longing to get out." Oh she is there. I don't get by here as often as I should but I've seen her in your vblogs. Your smile friend...it's full of life. Love the Steve Miller Band...wow, brings back some memories. Blessings.

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  8. Jen, there are times I so long for heaven so all the restrains we put on ourselves will be gone, like wondering what are people thinking of me. I love to dance and have at times, not enough for sure, broke out to the tune of a song. Good post, glad I stopped by.

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  9. Hi Jen! I am so happy you could break loose and have some fun! I tend to be a hard-charging Type A, and it's EXHAUSTING! So silly. Much better to run the race, and not just to win. I loved that line! It's fun to feel the wind on the face, and see the big, blue sky.

    Happy Monday!
    Ceil

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  10. Oh, you're going to find her, for sure. She is just too beautiful, too free. God is not going to let her go. (I so relate to this, sweet sister. Yes, yes I do.)

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