(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: Focus
Life was on auto-pilot.
We were cruising along in our chosen lane and maneuvering fairly well.
No head-on collisions or fender benders.
The occasional flat tire.
Sometimes a little low on gas.
But the journey was clipping along.
Until a warning light flashed on the dashboard and a full-on alarm sounded.
All righty then.
Time to focus.
Time to turn off the auto-pilot and take manual control.
Still no head-on collision or fender bender.
We are still on the road.
Time to consult the GPS and make sure we are heading in the direction we should go.
Maybe we can pause at that rest area up ahead and get our bearings.
Then we can put it back in drive and step on the gas.
We will get there.
And with auto-pilot disengaged, perhaps we will more fully appreciate the journey.
Now we are focused and paying attention.