5 Minute Friday – Graceful

Late to the party, but hopefully, not too late. Lisa-Jo issues a weekly 5-minutes-by-the-clock writing prompt and I’ve loved joining in whenever I can. This weeks prompt has been sitting in the back of my fuzzy, aging brain for 24 hours now and maybe, just maybe, something might come out these fingertips as I let my mind go. It’s always fun to try this, so I encourage you to hop over to Lisa-Jo’s beautiful, encouraging blog and check out the other party animals – there’s a whole lotta them.

Five Minute Friday

GRACEFUL

GO:

I used to think about gracefulness like this:
delicate,
beautiful,
breakable,
fragile,
hold-your-breath-watch-in-awe.

But the longer I’ve lived, 
the more people I’ve come to love,
the wider my world has become,
the less those words seem to apply to what 
graceful
is really all about.

My husband plays tennis,
really, really well.
And he is graceful when he does.
Strong,
swift,
accurate,
powerful,
concentrated.

My grandchildren play a wide variety of games,
engage in fascinating conversations with one another,
and broaden their thinking and their horizons with
every passing year.
They are
open,
eager to learn,
generous with their encouragement,
quick to laugh,
lit from the inside with life.

So I wonder.
All my life, I have felt entirely graceless.
I am physically uncoordinated,
cannot play a sport to save my life,
am large and carry too many pounds,
and feel like an elephant in
most situations.

But maybe, maybe…
grace is not about how I move
or even how I look.
Maybe grace is about
strength,
courage,
adaptability,
openness,
honesty,
commitment,
being able to laugh out loud
at myself,
at life,
at the wonder of it all.

And if that’s true,
then graceful
is attainable.
Graceful
is
gift
and
reward.
Graceful
is how we grow in life
in faith,
in wonder,
in delight,
in the fear of the Lord.

STOP
 My husband inadvertently interrupted me, so this might have gone about 1 minute over the time…




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  1. This is so refreshing; the images are powerful, too.

  2. Thank you, Susan – for coming by to read and for leaving encouraging words. You are a treasure.

  3. YES!

  4. GOOD!

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