Five Minute Friday #24 – FOCUS

I link up with Lisa-Jo on Fridays for a writing flash mob…throwing caution to the wind and gathering to share what a few minutes of free writing can buy.

Today’s topic: FOCUS


I stood at the bottom of the hill and it was steep and high and I wanted to quit before I even got started. But something in me wouldn’t walk away this time — something said to press on and that I could do this and to just go for it.

I pulled my hat down low and turned up the volume on the music and kept my eyes on my feet. And I never looked anywhere but my feet the whole time. I huffed and I puffed and my calves and quads and glutes were burning but I just kept. pressing. on.

Soon I was at the top of the hill and as I turned around to look, I could see everything. Rooftops and treetops and little cars and little people. And everything I left behind at the bottom of the hill seemed so insignificant. All the laziness and anxiety and quitting and giving up had lost its power in just a three-minute climb.

When life gets hard I feel like I’m at the bottom of that hill — focusing on how high and how steep it is, and I think about how much it’s going to burn and hurt to get to the top, and is it really worth it? But once I’m at the top I realize it always is — because when finally summit, my breathing evens out and my muscles are strengthened and for the first time I can finally see.

The only way to climb is to pull my hat low and keep my head down and keep my music in. No distractions. Focused solely on the actual the step I’m on. Because then all I have to do is take the next step and that is always more attainable than simply reaching the top.


11 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday #24 – FOCUS

  1. I’m convinced there’s a reason our paths are designed straight and narrow…we lose focus easy! This was a brilliant 5 minute write and I’m so thrilled you stopped in to the #FMFParty last night so I knew to meet you and visit today!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish I could’ve stayed up to do the midnight writing but holy cow, my bedtime is 10 pm. :) Looking forward to more FMFparties and getting to know you better!

    • LOL, thanks! The plus and minus of being a graphic designer with access to Illustrator is that I get bored easily and can do something about it. :) It’s going to hurt me in the long run because I can’t stick with a brand “look” long enough!

  2. Oh, you said it so well. Standing at the bottom of the hill looking up can be so overwhelming, yet if we keep our eyes on the current step we’ll soon be at the top. Beautiful word pictures, thanks for sharing. Thanks for stopping by by blog too. :)

  3. Amen girl. Love that you said that the main thing you have to focus on is the step you are on. That’s what gets us all the time, isn’t it? ;) Thanks so much for writing. What a blessing!

  4. LOVED this. Every word of it. Can relate so much. Especially to the overwhelming feeling at the bottom and then the complete opposite feeling of mastery over laziness and apathy after that short climb to the top. If only I’ll take that first step….Lost of wonderful imagery here.

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