Five Minute Friday - quiet

Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. 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 quiet.

The life I try to lead.
The life an introverted mother needs.
The simple life I strive for, beg for, need for them to see.
It's when things get too loud that I stop listening.
It's when things get too out of control for me and I can't hear a single thing.
But, it's almost impossible to find the quiet in the storm that is life.
Not just our life, we aren't any different, this, is life.

And someday, it will all be quiet.
The house, the schedules, the to dos, they will all be still.
And I will look back at this time fondly
and I will have wished I handled it better.
Loved it more
been more involved, more aware, more present.
Less angry
and stressed.

Because I create my own noise when I don't have to.
It's loud enough without me adding
the yelling
the worry
the concern
without me adding
the crazy
the unnecessary
the spiral
without me adding
my own spin on all of it

If I allow life to talk
if I were to sit and listen
if I were to find the quiet instead of adding to the loud
the answers will come.



  1. […] A friend participates in a weekly Five Minute Friday writing exercise- where you’re given one word and you have five minutes to write about it. No editing, no second glances- just write. And this friend- her words are powerful and raw. She’s so much more poetic then I am and I love reading her thoughts. […]

  2. Cheryl says:

    "And someday, it will all be quiet." That is sobering. There are times I long for the quiet, but I know I will ache for the noise and chaos when they are all grown up.

    I, too, add to the loud. I want to quiet myself, and then "the answers will come."

    Great encouragement.

    I'm glad I visited today.
    Your FMF neighbor,
    Cheryl @realinginlife

    1. childhood says:

      Your words are so kind and supportive, thank you!

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