[Five Minute Friday] Present

You know why I love language? Because it gives you treasures to dig up and discover. Meanings you haven’t thought of before. Things that make you wonder and smile.

A noun talking about the time right here and right now.
Yesterday is past and we can’t do anything to change it. We don’t have to forget about it, but we’re not supposed to let it haunt us into today.
Tomorrow is the future and we can’t predict what will happen. Even our best laid plans can be thrown over within seconds.

All we have is right now.

A day of 24 wonderful hours – time to sleep and rest our head after a busy day, time to work and be productive, time to talk to friends and invest in their lives, time to eat and enjoy, time to waste with regretting the past or worrying about the future.

What will you do with your present?

A noun talking about the gifts we give and receive.
We think of colorful wrapping paper, glittery surfaces and children’s birthday parties.

There’s more.

Presents are the sunrise in the early morning hours, the deep breaths that remind you that you’re alive (still!).
The smell of coffee, the joke of a colleague, the hug of a friend, the warm bed at night.
The conversation that stirs your mind and touches your heart.
The soft whisper of God encouraging you if you’re quiet enough to listen.

 What presents have you been given this week?

Be here today. Live in the present and discover its many little presents.

Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

14 thoughts on “[Five Minute Friday] Present”

  1. Love this!!! You and I both kinda in the same direction with this week’s prompt. I love the study of words, too. A couple of presents stand out for me this week: snow days – which gave me time off from work to just chill, and motivation to play a little needed catch-up with my blog. Be blessed this weekend.


  2. Katha, what great perspective. I’m keeping a list of all if my blessings. I want to treasure them even more. I’m over in the #60 spot this week.

  3. Yes, indeed! Being in the present can yield many treasures, if we are paying attention. As one who is developing and nurturing an adventurer’s spirit, I am especially intrigued by the last line and the concept of discovering – it leads me to contemplate what treasures I could excavate when I dig my tools into the present, rather than leave them lying in the past, or spend the present preparing them for the future. Thank you, Katha, for the inspiration! [Zivah – visiting from Five Minute Friday]

  4. I love that you you use multiple meaning meanings of present in your writing. Great reminder that both meanings are such a gift and not to be taken advantage of!

    1. Then there is the verb present (pre zent)…
      so God will present the present of another day tomorrow; at which time we will have a present in the present. Forgive me. I’m going to present myself a present of some coffee now. (I hope there is some cream present.) Have a great day. 🙂

      1. Oh yes, I also thought of the verb. Language is fun…
        Enjoy your coffee (it was always a treat having coffee at your front porch)!

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