Five Minute Friday: Open

Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. ~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks

I saw this crocus outside my door the other day and thought how beautiful and OPEN it was.

It made me realize that although my heart is broken that it can still be open to beauty in many ways:

- gifts from God
- love from those who truly love me
- nature
- movement
- sunshine
- the sound of the click of the shutter on my camera
- new possibilities
- space to allow God to move in the lives of those I care for
- memories
- fresh ideas
- trial and error
- praise and worship that can flow through my brokenness to bind them together again
- home:  Home SWEET Home.

I struggled for years on how to be open to what could be when emotional pain fought to keep me locked up in hiding.

Pain is pain and it will always hurt.

However, I think I've learned how to adapt and step forward in life while being in the midst of the pain.  In doing so it helps me to notice and see what is around that remains beautiful and gifted.

The hard part is taking that first step.

After that, being open becomes easier.....  to heal, to grow, to move forward, to move through, to move beyond, to become and to allow changes necessary to be the person God wants me to be.

Catch you on the other side of another Click...


Linking up with Kate for Five Minute Friday.


  1. that crocus is wonderful.. keep on keeping on....

  2. Oh what a lovely spring image! You are a blessing to me.Thanks for sharing.

  3. So glad to see a new post...I love crocus flowers too, it is -8 here today, but I know we are moving toward spring. I love your list of gifts your heart can be open to... You continue to be in my prayers.