Five Minute Friday: “Paint”

Looking for a reason to write but not sure where to start? Join me and hundreds of others in Five Minute Fridays started by Lisa Jo-Baker. The key is to write for five minutes based on Lisa-Jo’s prompt “No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”

So here we go: “Paint”

I’m thinking to myself, it’s going to take me five minutes just to think of something to say and go figure. “What is the picture I want to paint?” My mind is battling between keeping it simple or being all philosophical.

I think – hmmm.  What’s coming to mind is how many of you have probably thought this same question. What is the picture I want to portray? (more along those lines). And I think it’s fair to say that we think on this question too much or become way too analytical and we actually overdo things that only require simplicity.

We try too hard to please people and we end up stressed. We try too hard to maintain a certain image in the public only to break down to pieces behind closed doors.

When teaching Psychology, I asked my students a question. Who would be left if you lost everything you had? Some had never pondered on this before. Some has experienced it before and yet some, unfortunately, did not appreciate the (loss of word here) behind the question.

Sometimes we have to stop, be still and become a blank canvas. And let the Master paint HIS picture!

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The After Five: For a moment there I was thinking there wouldn’t be an “After Five” but yeah right. A couple of more things that came to mind. Whatever picture you paint for your life, not everyone will have the eyes to understand the uniqueness of you!  I think of artists, and I don’t know about your experience but the ones I’ve met have a very “eccentric” personality. What I like about most is that they don’t necessarily see flaws, but instead opportunities. Sometimes the wrong stroke of the brush momentarily pauses their creativity and then a whole new picture comes to fruition that is even better than the original thought.

So where is this leading to? Sometimes we have good ideas and when they don’t pan out as we want, we often times force them to. But if, again, we stop, we may realize that things don’t always pan the way we wish because there’s an even better/greater idea. And because we are all unique in our own ways, not everyone will embrace your portrait, but that’s okay because we can’t all be the same! Love who you are because you HAVE a place in this crazy, mixed up world. And your place is a piece that ties others together.


Happy Friday All!!!!

~~ALS Coach Koko~~