Five Minute Friday: Stretch

Back to Fridays linking up with the lovely Lisa-Jo.  Writing for five minutes on a theme.  No editing.  No worrying.  No drafting.

Just writing, words on the screen, going where the words  take you.

This weeks prompt is Stretch.


I must admit at first I thought I’d write about the ways that life stretches us.  The busy-ness.  The excitement.  The stress.  The choices.  But that’s not where I’d like to take this, at least not at first.  Instead, I’d like to write first about my favourite kind of stretch.

You know the one I mean.

Maybe it’s first thing in the morning and you’re waking up ahead of the day.  Maybe it’s the middle of the night and you’re up working, or writing, or worrying, or rocking a small person to sleep.  Maybe you’ve been staring at the page too long.  So you stretch.  The whole body stretch.  From your soles and toes, right up through your body to the top of your head and the tips of your fingers.  Yes.

This sort of stretch always reinvigorates, replenishes and revives.

And the same is some of the stretches we have to make in life.  Challenges and stress and new experiences stretch us.  And just as that early morning stretch makes us feel like a new person, the stretches we have to make (here I must parenthesise – I don’t mean the overstretches, where we’re overworked or underappreciated!) can often teach us and nurture us in new ways.

Whatever your stretch may be, I wish you well with it today!


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  1. Linda
    17th August 2012 / 10:04 am

    I could feel the stretch 🙂 I took encouragement from the idea that our current stretch will "teach us and nurture us in new ways."

  2. Riot Kitty
    18th August 2012 / 12:37 am

    I've had to stretch a lot recently, but I think a mental stretch is even better.

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