(So, I’ve been participating in a “writers’ flash mob” of sorts called Five Minute Friday. In response to a one-word prompt, hundreds of writers sit down and write for five minutes flat. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; unscripted and unedited. Here’s today’s edition…setting the timer….)
Five Minute Friday: Reflect
A kazillion brilliant winks of light twinkled from the surface of the lake, reflecting the beauty of the sun.
The twinkly-wink reflections bounced right into the eyes of Anne Shirley, protagonist of Anne of Green Gables and one of my favorite literary characters.
Spunky Anne looked at the world differently than most.
The rest of the world might call that lake “Barry’s Pond” – but of course that would not do.
Anne called it the “Lake of Shining Waters” – a reflection of her sense of imagination and wonder twinkling and winking as brilliantly as the sunlight.
“Barry’s Pond” does not call to mind any particular image, but the “Lake of Shining Waters” most certainly does!
I can close my eyes and see the sparkles, hear the water lapping at the shore, and feel the breeze on my face.
What we name things reflects how we see the world.
That goes not just for lakes – but for everything…even groups of people.
Perhaps especially groups of people.
What we call people reflects more about who WE are than about who they are.
Do we look for and celebrate the beauty in them?
Today as we write about the word “reflect” – and as I reflect on much of the recent rhetoric in the world – this is a question that weighs heavily on my heart.