Thursday, October 3, 2013

Five Minute Friday - Write

Five Minute FridayThis will be fascinating if I get around to hitting publish on this post ... a Five Minute Friday in the midst of the 31 Days series? Wow, interspersing five minutes of free write (and the aftermath of load, picture, publish) with the dedication of 31 days of planned, organized writing? Okay. That could be interesting. But this is still the night where we brave bunch of word-weavers gather close and anticipate the moment the prompt drops; that moment your creative brain kicks into gear to spin the what-if; that moment you have the freedom to let go and just write it all down. We have different voices .We are Guides, Influencers, Storytellers, Kindreds, and Wordsmiths. But we are all here. And we all have a story to tell.  Yes, this community opens wide and invites you in to share. Come and visit and read. You will be blessed.

This Week: Write

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For as long as I can remember, this is what I do. I saw my father do this. I saw my mother do this. And before I can remember much else, it was what I did. I did it alone for so much of the time, and now I do it in community.

This word-weaving, soul-baring thing that we do. Stretching ourselves out beyond what we think we can; pouring bits and pieces of our lives into a puddle of sometimes-incoherent whole – out for the whole world to see. But what does that tell you about why I do it?

photo by farmer64
Some build with bricks and mortar and create amazing sky-reaching towers that impress and amaze. I can only lift the reader onto the heights of where I have been and show them where they might be able to go.

Some create with paint and other textured dyes; with daubs and spatters that somehow come together to produce an image that makes one stand in awe. I can only dabble the imagination with a vision wrought with words and descriptions – from the softest breath of a baby’s whispered goodnight to the thundering echo of a glorious chorus of birds taking flight off the sun-kissed beach at the break of dawn.

Some develop chemical combinations that fight off the severest of diseases or the most mundane of colds; combining x and y strands and other elementals that I could never name to heal the things that bring us low in this life. I can only try and find words and phrases of empathy; give voice to the hurting; tell the story of pain – sometimes my pain if I’m feeling brave – and pray that in speaking words to life, that it will throw out a lifeline; a connection to someone else struggling in the midst of their own pain.

This writing thing I do, no matter what else I do in my life, it will be at the heart of me, the heart of what I am. It is who I am: I am a writer. Because words matter. They matter so much. Taking a risk and quoting Professor Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter, He said, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” I believe this with all my heart, and because I believe this, and because I believe that this gift of Words comes from both my father (and mother) and My father, I have to honor this gift and set about to do the very best I can with it.

So in the end.
When all else fails me.
When I can do nothing else.
I will write.

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15 comments :

  1. Rebekah, this is beautiful. So beautiful. I love every word.

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  2. Yes, the part "my pain if I am brave." So true. I just did that tonight, and ouch, but a good ouch. What a lovely thoughts you have!
    http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com/2013/10/write-5-minute-friday.html

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  3. Beautiful post, Rebekah. Well done.

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  4. See? No worries, my friend! This right here? Beauty and Grace! (No back-editing required!)

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  5. Beautiful. Love this quote. I find that words can make so much impact on a person!

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  6. Oh girl... your sweet words are such an honour to read!!! So much beauty here, so, so much!

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  7. What sweet beautiful words you share,

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  8. I am so thankful that you write, and that I have the honor of reading your grace-filled beautiful words! Blessings!

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  9. "...pray that in speaking words to life, that it will throw out a lifeline; a connection to someone else struggling in the midst of their own pain." I love this! Yes, girl, you must write. Beautiful!!

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  10. Rebekah - "I can only..." Hmmm...you are creating images and ideas, encouraging, and pushing others to dream, to achieve, to imagine things they've never seen and places they've never been. It doesn't sound like an "only" thing to me. You are definitely a brave word-weaver. I loved this! Visiting from FMF. Janet

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  11. "This writing thing I do, no matter what else I do in my life, it will be at the heart of me, the heart of what I am." Love this. Beautiful post, sweet friend. Love your words and descriptions!

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  12. Yes, you are a writer! So good, friend.

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  13. Here from FMF - I wholeheartedly concur! :) and I love that you reminded us to do this writing thing to the BEST of our ability, for His glory! Keep the painting and building to the others. That stuff baffles me :) Love, love

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