Five Minute Friday – Opportunity

5 Minute FridayFive Minute Friday is back!  After pausing for the month of December, The Gypsy Mama has returned to hostessing a free writing flash mob every Friday.


If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details)

This week, the word is OPPORTUNITY.

Five Minute Friday


Quite frankly I’m thankful I have the opportunity to write today.  Not four feet away, the painters are doing their best to finish my remodel without driving me crazy.  An hour from now, the paint fumes will be swirling in my head.  After that, the windows will open and the house will get cold.  Typing with gloves on isn’t easy.

Opportunity always makes me think of potential.  Like the silky smooth appeal of a new calendar for the new year – filled with blank pages that promise so much.  Each and every blank square an equal opportunity to hold something amazing and wonderful.  Or the potential to hold something dreadful and dreary.

The blank slate, the fresh start, the do-over.  The chance to fill my life with the wonderful and the good.

I yearn for that.

Yet I worry that opportunity knocks only infrequently.  (is that true?  or is it ALWAYS there, waiting for me to open the door?)

As I type, I pause to watch the painter.  He smooths over the same spot again and again with his roller in the wet paint.  He does not stop until it is perfect.

(five minutes is up – but i’ve got to keep going.  i have to see where this paint thing is going to end up.  it’s still free-writing without edits. i promise.)

Wet paint.  I’ve watched them fix tiny mistakes over and over.  It’s easy when the paint is wet and the mistake is fresh.     Yet I’ve watched them leave other mistakes uncorrected – waiting until the paint dries and the error can be more easily corrected.

Fresh paint.

The walls they painted yesterday hold a tiny impression of a finger from where my child checked to see if the paint was dry yet.  A moment in time forever frozen on the wall.

Opportunity.  Paint.  Fresh wet paint.

Clean fresh wall, perfectly smooth and unmarred.  It has the potential look so many different ways.

I chose the paint color.  I chose the texture on the wall.  I actually even chose the exact placement and curve of this particular wall.  Everything about it is the result of my choices.  I stare at it – seeing all of it’s potential and knowing what it will become.

And I’m left wondering – how is my life like paint?


And I have no idea what this post means.  Yikes.  I’m honoring the promise not to edit.  Y’all do remember I’m inhaling these paint fumes, right?

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. First, thanks for the laugh about paint fumes. Open the windows – fast!
    I love the tiny fingerprint in the paint. That will be so fun to look back on in years to come. Have a great day!
    Joy in the Wilderness recently posted..Five Minute Friday – OpportunityMy Profile

    • I had the windows open yesterday and we were all still loopy by the end of the day! Today, they are doing something where the house has to be exactly 70. So no open windows for me. I’ve farmed the kids out for the day and am about to leave. The painters will be higher than a kite by the end of the day, but I won’t be.

      We’re spending the night tonight at the deer lease to give the house time to air out.

  2. Love it! This is my first time here and I’m so glad I came by for a visit! I love your style of writing and I love the way you used paint! Great job!

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