5-Minute Friday: Perspective

I participate in 5-minute Friday from The Gypsy Mama. She says:

On Fridays over here a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Your words. This shared feast.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.



Perspective makes all the difference. Looking ahead, we find uncertainty, fear, anticipation, while hindsight (being 20/20) can bring forth feelings of recrimination and failure.

When I was a small child, I thought that being in the 4th grade was practically adulthood. Now, in my 5th decade of life, 4th graders are small children.

As a young mother with two children in diapers, I thought that I would never get rid of the bottles and the diapers and the Cheerios everywhere. But now I look back on those days and wish I had not wished them away so quickly.

I view a photo of myself in a lawn swing, holding my new infant son, with my daughter next to me. It was so long ago, and I was a different person then, all because of perspective. Everything was new. Everything was difficult. But looking back, I don’t really see the difficulties, because now I see the sweetness of that life.

I look forward to sharing these thoughts with my son and daughter when they have little ones of their own and their perspectives begin to change.

6 thoughts on “5-Minute Friday: Perspective

  1. What you say is true – when you look at the past, you look at it with different eyes of experience. The only lesson we can learn from reflection on our past is to try and enjoy our present moments no matter how difficult they are.

  2. I really appreciate your words here. You really have a new perspective and I am so thrilled to see all your growth in recent days. This picture is precious, I am so glad you included it in your post. I think this is a really neat idea with the 5 minute, just write, twist. Thanks for your participation.

  3. You were the link before me on Five Minute Friday! As the mother of a 16 month old I so appreciate your words of wisdom about soaking in these days rather than wishing them away. You’re so right that they are sweet days- I just have to focus on that when I’m awoken to a screaming baby at night!

  4. Thank you for this excellent reminder. It’s true that when I think about my childhood now, I tend to remember mostly the good things about it. I already feel the same about my son being a baby, though I’ll never miss the sleepless nights, yikes!

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