Five Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge and linkup, where you write for 5 minutes on a designated word. Every so often, I find myself with some writing time on Friday (or as the case is this time round – on Sunday!) and plan to take this challenge. When I have done this I find that my 5 minutes of writing tends to reflect something that is going on in my life or my general reflections. So I share these short posts with this in mind – this is simply my immediate thoughts when I read this word today.
This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: Share
Share my stories: Good and Bad
My mum is carefully documenting our family stories – from the time Mum and Dad got married, to the present. So far I have 4 volumes and there are a few more to go. She is using digital scrapbooking as her chosen media, blending photos with art and the words of their story. Needless to say her commitment to this project has evoked a lot of conversation, some of which is painful.
She is sharing the good, the bad and the ugly. At the end of one particular season of life we shake our head and wonder at how that happened. It may be embarrassing, it may be incredulous, or simply incredibly sad, but she has wanted to share their full journey so that her grandchildren can glean from the wisdom of their experiences, so that their grandchildren can see decisions that were made, that they can see how they depended on God, how they handled disappointment and change. She isn’t writing a sermon – she is simply sharing their stories.
I’m a scrapbooker – I’m recording our family stories – or am I? I am challenged by mum’s project. She has the benefit of time and retrospection, but she’s committed to telling the bad and the sad stuff as well as the happy and the good. I tend to just share the good, the fun family memories.
Often when the bad and ugly happen our emotions are raw, and it is harder to share those feelings in a photo album or a journal that will be read by others. Mum, with the distance of time, has less emotion, until she starts to talk that is, and then it can come to the surface. So it is still there – in a healthy way. Mum is journaling from a place of peace with her life – which is a blessed thing.
These stories make us who we are – and it is a good thing to share them. I need to think about ways I can share the negative side of life that makes our family who we are – I hope that as I start to share these stories that our kids will be reminded of how we too have walked with God as our strength, our guide and our grace.
And that is 5 minutes up!
Do you share the good and bad stories with your kids?
Are they recorded for generations to glean from?
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