Five Minutes or Less

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “five.” We would love to have you join us. Just hop onto Twitter on Thursday evenings and follow the #fmfparty. Hope to see you there. 

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand Six hundred minutes, moments so dear. How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife? Five hundred twenty-five thousand Six hundred minutes, moments so dear. How do you measure, measure a year?  How about love? Measure in love, seasons of love, seasons of love.”

These words were the first words that popped into my mind the minute I heard the prompt. Rent is one of my all-time favorite movies. It is one of those movies that makes me think but also makes me feel good in the end.  And who doesn’t love a good musical they can sing along too? {And don’t get me started….I just heard the Hamilton soundtrack. Already hooked) 

I love the simplicity of these lyrics. How do you measure a year…in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee? YES! I don’t know about you but I have been thinking a lot about how we honor, respect and show love to one another. Perhaps it’s in buying coffee for friends or sitting and holding a friend while tears stream down his/her face. Or maybe it’s simply over the interwebs…sending a tweet or IM that reminds them how incredibly loved they are.

The reality is that it takes five minutes or less to make a difference in someone’s day. The other day I tweeted several friends a quick tweet that just said I was thinking of them and reminding them that they are loved. It literally took me less than a few minutes to write the note and send it out. 

How can you make a difference in a friend or family members day today in less than five minutes? I’d love to hear your ideas!

I almost forgot to post some exciting news!  The Five Minute Friday community put together a book and the book is out on Monday!  Iā€™m honored to be one of the contributors to this book. The book releases September 26th! 

18 thoughts on “Five Minutes or Less

  1. Hello Tara,
    Well, you certainly used this five minutes well! I'm joining you from Five Minute Friday, and really enjoyed your post. I also wrote about how we spend our "five minutes", and am being challenged in my own life in this area. Thanks for the encouragement to use our valuable time to bless another.

  2. Yes, Tara, you certainly ARE in the book; in fact, yours begins on the right side page that has the ending of mine!!! Imagine that!! And, yes, it only takes five minutes to do a random act of kindness – buy someone a coffee or soda; pay for the person's order behind you in the drive-thru, or the grocery store line; send a note or card through the Internet, IM, or those "other" forms of connecting (that I don't have)…or even a REAL note or card!

    Getting back into the FMF family; and trying hard to take the time to read a few of the other posts. It may take more than five minutes; but it is soooo worth it to maintain those connections!

  3. I have the song well and truly stuck in my head now! Fortunately I like it! So true that a lot can be accomplished in five minutes and even just a small word of encouragement can make a huge difference. Looking forward to the book!

  4. breaking down a year into minutes:) i love it. i think i've heard that song a few times. good description of a year…and life:) as you can see, i was late getting my post up. i was away for the weekend with my daughters…in carmel, CA. talk about beautiful! wow! we had a wonderful time! i had the post written, but needed to finish it up. thanks for the enjoyable post. have a great week!

    • Martha, it is one of my fave songs from the musical Rent. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your daughters. I will have to come check out your post. Have a great week too.

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