Five Minute Friday: Focus

(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.

View of a car dashboard with lights for Cruise Control and some warnings

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.

Stop. Cruise control buttons on a steering wheel - CRUISE, RES/ACCEL, DECEL/SET, CANCEL


2 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Focus

  1. Sarah, I love this part: “All righty then.

    Time to focus.

    Time to turn off the auto-pilot and take manual control.” You did a great job of taking me right into the interior of the car with you. Your even-keeled personality comes through too (at least you did a good job of conveying that’s how you wanted to be!). Thanks for sharing your focusing experience, and I’m so glad you were ok! Ever grateful, -Christina in the spot after you at Five Minute Friday

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