Five Minute Friday- On Forgetting

I needed this this morning.  Please forgive my absence of late, there’s been a lot of stuff going down ’round these parts.

I process through words and so need to write, but the voice inside me is so still right now, so quiet….and so….silent here where we meet.

Two weeks ago, my father had minor heart attack that landed him in the hospital. Given the condition of his heart and kidneys, his prognosis for medical treatment is pretty bleak, but he is here with us, he is home and he is as ornery as ever.  I have one more day, hour, minute and second to let no love go unsaid.

The same week, Strings Attached Ministries held the 3 retreat in the Practicing Your Path series, Embracing the Call, and it was a great success.  It was also a highly emotionally charged message for me to present and I found myself completely drained by Saturday last.

Saturday evening I learned that one of my closest friends’ father collapsed after a massive heart attack and was in a coma.  He passed away last night at 6 pm.  I am broken hearted for her and for her family.

On Sunday evening a massive tornado hit the community of Joplin, MO–about an hour north of here. The devastation blows me away.  The outpouring of our community with help and relief aid blows me away.

So it’s been a bit of rollercoaster this week….I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to participate this week (thus the Saturday posting of a Friday prompting), but when I saw the prompt, I knew that my Great Counselor was working healing in my heart. So here goes…..

Here are the rules to play:

Got five minutes? Here’s a great way to spend them.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat without editing your voice.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Pony up the comment love for the five minuter who linked up before you.

Today’s prompt is “On Forgetting..”-


All I have learned this past few days can be summed up simply: never let love go unsaid.

Don’t forget that tomorrow isn’t promised any of us.

Don’t forget that this breath right now could be your last.

Don’t forget that the person sitting across from you is worth the risk of rejection, the snort of laughter when you get all sappy, the sometimes uncomfortable silence when you blurt out, “I just love you….no, really, I do…”

Why are we so afraid of those words?

Don’t forget to hug the ones you love.

Don’t forget to call far away friends and family, to write Grandmas and Great Aunts, to send pictures and share life even when you can’t be physically there.

Don’t forget that we are all just passing through this world.

Don’t forget to say goodbye.

Don’t forget.


This post is dedicated to the memory of Rick Dial. Please pray for my friend, Heather Todd and her family as they move forward after his loss.  Heaven is a better place today, but the hole he leaves here is tremendous.

Rick Dial

3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday- On Forgetting

  1. Wow, what a week you had! I’m sorry to hear about your father and your friend’s father. We’ve been watching to devastation in MO (my parents live in Kansas) and it is heartbreaking. Thank you for the reminder of not letting things unsaid. We just don’t know one moment from our last one, do we? I hope your coming week is less hectic and emotionally difficult.

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