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Unite {Five Minute Friday}

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Five minutes of free write on a given one-word prompt with Five Minute Friday. See more linked posts here.


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My husband and I’s ten year anniversary is just over the horizon. It seems both unthinkable that we’ve been married so long (and were married so young), but also like life before him is a smaller and smaller blip in my timeline. This summer, it will be eighteen years since we met.

Somedays there are strains of both of us that have been so consistent and true all the way through. Other days, I’m amazed: we are so united that we’ve shaped each other dramatically and continually. I don’t know when the changes happened. They were soft and subtle and subversive, but somewhere along the way, we mirrored each other more and more.

And we’re both better for it.

Unity is an interesting thing. I don’t think it’s natural. Natural, maybe, to flock to the people most similar, but it’s also natural to fly away when differences arise. Uniting is all verb, all work. But when we work, when we show up and let each other influence each other, and let each other be in a constant state of becoming, we all become better. There’s a choice, an invitation to unite.

6 Comments

  1. Shalom Shannon April 22, 2016

    Unity is like love – work. Awesome when it’s happening; quite challenging when it’s not. Blessings from FMF #47

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  2. Jeanne Takenaka April 23, 2016

    Denise, we’ve been married just over 20 years, and I can’t believe it either! Congratulations on your almost 10 year anniversary! That’s an accomplishment worth celebrating. 🙂

    I loved what you said here: “I don’t think it’s natural. Natural, maybe, to flock to the people most similar, but it’s also natural to fly away when differences arise. Uniting is all verb, all work.”

    It’s so true. If we’re going to unite, we need to be intentional in doing this. Unite IS an active verb. I hadn’t thought bout that before. We need to work at it, humbly and purposefully.

    Great post! Visiting from FMF

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  3. Kate Motaung April 23, 2016

    Such a thought-provoking post! Really appreciate your perspective! Unity is work, yes — and yet so worth the effort! Thank you for sharing this challenging encouragement, and for linking up with FMF!

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