It’s time for Five Minute Friday again! Five minutes of writing on a one word prompt. No editing. Just whatever comes out of our hearts. It’s amazing to see how just one word can draw out things that we’re already processing inside. The girls are joining me again as they have really enjoyed it the last few weeks AND WE’RE SO EXCITED TO TELL YOU: We are hosting a link-up for Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition over at Desperate Homeschoolers! So please consider having your kids do their own five minutes of writing and link up with us over there! I also thought it would be fun to pick a photo each week before writing time and then try to somehow link them together in my five minutes of writing once I find out the word for the week. So here goes:
Fall is a hard word for me to write about. I’m sitting here torn with indecision about whether I want to write about it as a verb or as the season. I think I’m going to go with the season. Living in the tropics, fall is probably the only thing other than people that I actually miss from home. I LOVE living here in Malaysia, but when September rolls around, I always start feeling just a tad homesick. My mom is sweet and often sends me pictures of their trees changing because she knows how much I love it.
The picture above of me and the girls shows the beauty we got in exchange for fall, and most days, I think it’s worth it. But there are those occasional times when I miss the things I’ve given up to move here.
All change in life is like that – there are always trade-offs. And I can either choose to focus on the good that I got or wallow in what I lost. I’m not saying it’s not okay to miss things and people, but I never want to become the kind of person that is always complaining about what’s not where I am. I want to be the kind of person that exudes contentment with where I am, what I’m doing, and who I am. Contentment that flows from a heart full of gratitude. So next time I miss fall, I’ll go take a walk by the beach and count my blessings. There really are so very many of them!