Five Minute Friday: Backwards

Linking up again with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday. Come play!


Five minutes. Just five minutes.

And today’s theme is…..”Backwards”.

GO.

There are times where I feel like all I do is look backwards. Like an elephant, my memory is long, and I sometimes seem to spend a lot of time looking back – to happy times, to things I’ve done wrong, to choices I’ve made. I reflect and ponder more than is healthy sometimes, and the ‘what ifs?’ can sometimes hang over my life like a little raincloud (cue images of Eeyore in Winnie The Pooh).

I think part of this is comforting, though. You see, the past is known. For good or for ill, we all know where we’ve been, what we’ve done, the decisions we’ve taken, the people we’ve loved, the words we wish we could come. Even with the things we regret, there’s a finality, a done-ness to things. Whereas the future is full of maybes, buts, ifs….

Ask someone about the past, and answers are often clear.

Talk about the future, and a million questions bloom up, like a bank of daffodils magical appearing on a spring morning.

The future contains all sorts of wonder, but is also unknowable, hard to pin down, a mystery to be solved, a test to face, a new ocean to traverse.

Kind of magical, right?

STOP.

Have a great Friday!

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9 Comments

  1. Kris
    10th June 2011 / 9:54 am

    "The future contains all sorts of wonder, but is also unknowable, hard to pin down, a mystery to be solved, a test to face, a new ocean to traverse." Yes! The future belongs to the Lord, and he always reveals the mystery of it in his perfect time. Wonderful! Bless you, friend!

  2. Christielli
    10th June 2011 / 10:50 am

    I am also an elephant with a long memory who looks back a lot.

  3. melissa
    10th June 2011 / 10:59 am

    yes- magical :))

  4. 5ALLENZ
    10th June 2011 / 12:09 pm

    beautifully said- never thought of it that way. so can relate to the elephant 🙂

  5. Lisa
    10th June 2011 / 1:26 pm

    I can relate to the elephant, but I do that God has a plan to give me hope and a future. I'm going to rest in His plans. Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂 Many blessings!

  6. Emily Kate
    10th June 2011 / 1:59 pm

    You're so right, the past is so easy to linger in, but the future is so addictive and thrilling!

  7. HisFireFly
    10th June 2011 / 5:53 pm

    At least we "know" the past. I hear you! A fellow elephant here.I posted about a similar think 2 years ago — Two Views of the Roadhttp://hisfirefly.blogspot.com/2009/07/two-views-of-road.html

  8. Wendys Hat
    11th June 2011 / 1:03 am

    I love this Claire! Nice to meet you and thanks for your kind comment to me too!

  9. Riot Kitty
    11th June 2011 / 1:03 am

    I keep forgetting to do this! Nice one.

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