White lettering on black background says "Available."

The exchange student from Poland gaped at the bananas.

Lots and lots of bananas.

At home, she explained, bananas were a rare treat.

It was not a matter of having enough money to buy them.

They were just generally not available for sale.

I had passed by large displays of bananas my whole life and not really given them much thought. (I still do, to be honest.)

I confess I’ve allowed bananas to turn brown on my kitchen counter over the years and eventually thrown them out.


They were available, but unappreciated.

What else do I take for granted?

I’ve struggled in recent months to find the time and energy to write. A group of writers proposed writing something every day for the month of October, based on a one word prompt, and writing in just five minutes – no worrying about perfect grammar or always being poignant or well-polished. I’m giving it a go in an effort to jump start my writing. For the one word prompts, I’m going to follow along with The Upper Room’s Sight Psalms. They put out a picture a day and apply one word and a short reflection. If you are reading this, thanks for accompanying me for this experiment in motivation and discipline.


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