Five Minute Friday - pattern

Every Friday we unite for five minutes. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on pattern.

Patterns exist all around us.
They can appear in shapes, colors, and music.
They appear in habits and our routines, our own "tells".

I have several patterns and I definitely have tells.

They help us make sense of the world and they help calm our minds.
They provide order.
There is a predictability to a pattern that feels soothing.
They help us to realize what comes next.
We teach our children patterns as they are growing and learning and as adults, creating a pattern, and seeing it, it is what our brains do best.

But, they can also be harmful and they can become stifling and old.
They sometimes need to be broken so we can break the harm we are inflicting.
Or, we need to see something from a different angle and a different perspective.
You have to break your pattern to do that at times.

For a woman who doesn't break, change, or feel that patterns are harmful, it took me a minute. It took me a minute to recognize my own unhealthy patterns. It took me a minute to recognize the healthy ones too.
But I see now that we all create them to get by, get through, and keep going. We create them because our mind needs to see a pattern. We create them to make sense of the unpredictable world we live in.

And now, it is time for me to find the beautiful patterns in my life. The patterns in the lake. The ones in my home, the home I curated from scratch. The patterns in my work, the ones I honor with love. The patterns in art, the ones in the sky. The patterns of a garden, the patterns of treesThe ones that are appealing, loving, and confident in their strength. It's time for me to honor their glorious beauty.

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