Friday, January 4, 2013


Five Minute Friday

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Writing for five minutes.
A sort of writing flash mob.


"It's not a competition. It's a doorway."
-Mary Oliver

Too often, opportunity is this fleeting concept. Something to jump on before its too late. The one chance to do something that changes things. A singular moment that can turn a life.

But maybe, opportunities are more akin to falling snow. 

When the first white flies, it is gift and happy and sparkly wonder all wrapped together. We run around trying to catch each flake and we marvel at their exquisitely unique shapes. It is magical. Inevitably, flakes land on our coat sleeves and then melt and we never get to see what crystalline shape they took. But we don't lose hope because there are others, falling one behind the other, and they all feel as if they were created just for our eyes to see.

No, we won't catch all of the snowflakes.

But we've walked out the door.

Photo credit: _Zeta on flickr


  1. Beautiful!!!!! My favorite is the last line- "But we've walked out the door." Such a reminder. We have to walk out the door to have any opportunity. Thank you for that!

  2. Philippa LiebenbergJanuary 4, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    This is soooo beautiful! Thank you for your kind comment! I don't know the song but I will find it.

  3. "... but we've walked out the door." - I love this! Mine perception was similar ... some opportunities are never lost. Thank you. Blessings

  4. I can't catch all the snowflakes, but the ones I do get are just right for me. I just have to believe.

  5. Wow, I agree with the other comments...beautifully written. Love the idea that there are many opportunties, but we won't be able to catch them all. We must be grateful for those we do and enjoy them.

  6. Holly, I love the possibility and hope woven here. I want to open my mouth, stick out my tongue, lift my chin in the air and lap up the cold, the wet, wonderful flakes. As many as I can. Your words are masterful and filled with a lifetime of opportunity....once we step out into the world of the possibilities. Love to you friend. This is lovely.

  7. No, we won't catch all of the snowflakes...But we've walked out the door. - this my friend BLEW my mind. wow...what a powerful reminder. One, we've engaged in the possibility. and Two...we are still chasing snowflakes, even when we know its not possible to come to 'know' each of them. love it.
    thank you for sharing. I always love LisaJo's prompts....make you think so deep in such little time ;)

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