Five Minute Friday is an exercise in writing without over-thinking.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing. (I still struggle with this.)
2. Link back to the Gypsy Mama and invite others to join in. (The button code can be found in the side bar on her site.)
3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you.
Today’s prompt is Tender.
When I first saw the word for today’s Five Minute Friday my first thought was that my friend Mary Kathryn was going to say “Love Me Tender” somewhere in her Five Minute Friday post. I haven’t checked to see, and I could be wrong; but I love how the prompt made me think of a friend. That is a tender thought indeed. Tender is the love I feel for my friends, the love I feel for my family. Sometimes it is a fierce, passionate love, but most of the time it is tender. That is also how I feel the love of the universe. Tender doesn’t mean passive. Tender emotions are what prompts us to be gentle, and one must be deliberate to be gentle. You have to be conscious of the soft, gentle way. To be tender is equally deliberate. It comes with choice. It is voluntary to the point that it can become involuntary once you have accepted it. There are times I feel that force that moves me, call it what you will, and it is tender. It is a whisper that makes no demands, but waits on me. The challenges I face aren’t meant to punish, but to test my resolve. They pass and the tender remains…
What are your thoughts? What words bring to mind a particular friend?
*Photo: Summer Lillies by Doug Hay, obtained through Flickr.