After – A Five Minute Friday

Veering off of the A to Z challenge this morning to post my Five Minute Friday post. There was some thought of combining the two, but I couldn’t mesh After, which was the prompt word for the Five Minute Friday, and the letter E. I thought about Ever after, but naw, that was too much of a stretch.

Instead, I posted about embroidery for the A to Z challenge and wrote the following in five minutes for the Five Minute Friday link up.


After the rain comes growth. Flowers bloom, ponds rise to take in more oxygen for the fish swimming in its depths.

After the rain comes fun. Splashing in mud puddles. Twirling on the still wet grass.

After the rain is good. What about after the pain? What comes after the pain?

Joy? No, not really. Joy does return to our lives after the pain, but the pain doesn’t bring the joy. Joy isn’t a result of the pain the way the flowers are a result of the rain.

Happiness? No. Like Joy, Happiness returns after the pain, but isn’t a result of it.

So what comes after pain?

Healing. Healing comes after pain.

Whether the pain is a broken bone or heart, both heal. Scars may linger, but the healing is the important benefit of pain.

When we’re in pain we think we will never again experience Joy, Happiness, or Fun. We just have to wait for the Healing. During and after the healing (sometimes healing takes a long time) Joy, Happiness, and Fun will find their way back into our life.

Went a tad over 5 minutes, but had to finish my thought. Linking up now with Lisa Jo Baker.

In case you don’t know, The Five Minute Friday is the brainchild of Lisa Jo Baker and some of her friends. Joining is easy, just:

  1. Check what the prompt is on her blog, here.
  2. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
  3. Link over here (on her blog) and invite friends to join in.
  4. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url but your post url }
  5. Using the linky tool at the bottom of her Five Minute Friday post enter your link.
  6. Your post will show up in their Five Minute Friday linky.
  7. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!

It’s easy, I can do it, you can do it, and it’s fun.


2 thoughts on “After – A Five Minute Friday

  1. Leese

    So impressed you’re doing both. I’m not, at least this week. I composed a lot of possible combination attempts (especially since “F” fell so close to Friday) and lots of “after” possibilities, but I just couldn’t do it this week. You’re ambitious! I’m impressed!

  2. Pingback: `Five Minute Friday’: After | O2B heavenly minded

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