UnknownFor the last three weeks now I’ve participated in Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five-Minute Friday”. The concept is simply writing for 5 minutes, straight from the heart, on a given subject – and then sharing it.

No edits, no marinading or reflecting – just write and share

So, here’s today’s “5 Minute Friday” – the theme is “After”.



We don’t often talk about after.

We build up our desires don’t we?

The job. The husband or wife. The career. The book contract. Whatever it is we desire most, we have a habit of building it up. Placing impossible expectations on it.

And then we get it.

So what then?

What happens after?

We think whatever it is we desire will fill the gap in our soul. It will make us whole. Make everything alright. Magically solve all our problems Whatever the object of our desire, our life will be complete once we have it.

But it doesn’t work this way.

Because once we get what we desire the most, we suddenly realise deep in our soul it doesn’t satisfy.

And something else comes up to take it’s place.

We get the job or book contract. And then we want a better job, or to sell more books than everyone else

We get the man or woman, and then we want a family.

And we are never satisfied.

What comes after getting our desire is more desire. And it perpetuates itself.

Maybe what we should realise is we are already complete. We are already loved, accepted and valued as we are. Even in our messiness, bad habits, and feelings of unworthiness or inadequacy, we have all we will ever need.

The inadequacy we feel is not the truth. It’s the lie the world sells.

The truth is we are beautiful. As we are. And there will be an after. But the after won’t be when we get our desires. It will be in accepting ourselves as we are, and facing the truth.

It is in this moment, we begin to grow.







This post is part of ’5 Minute Friday’ – today, on the theme “After”.

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James Prescott

Hi, I’m James. I live near London. I’m a fan of good food, comic-book movies, & books. I love to write, and I coach other writers & creative people. Thank you for being part of my community. read more...