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Five Minute Friday: Lose

It's Friday when I get to link up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday.  We are given a one word writing prompt and have five minutes to write our post. Our word for today is: LOSE.


The first thoughts that come to mind when I see the word LOSE is all that I've lost since 2010. I'd been living in my dream home for 12 years and living a life I  never thought I'd be living. My home was featured in magazines and even on HGTV's  Homes Across America. I never imagined my life would be like that but it all came crashing down.

Due to circumstances that were beyond my control, I had to sell most of my belongings and now live in a 760 square foot condo. After working for 25 years as a cardiac nurse, teaching children in an international Bible Study as a volunteer for seven years ...I had to return to work.

We don't always get to choose the circumstances in our lives. But we do get to choose our response to those circumstances. 

As I look back over that loss, I realize I would never be where I am today if that hadn't occurred. Is there some sadness? Yes. But life goes on. Through that loss I've gained much.

  • I am now teaching in a private school. My little Mini-Mustang class is a blessing to me. They keep me young at heart. 
  • My husband and I are closer now than we ever were when we had lots of money. We are working together as what I like to call our HOME TEAM. 
  • Writing has become more important to me. I've always journaled but now I use words to inspire and encourage others. I'm back to working on completing the book I've been dabbling with for too many years.
  • I've made so many new friends through my work and writing.
To LOSE is painful. But I've discovered that there's always something to be learned through the losses in life. And character is built in the struggles.


Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Wow...yes that would be a character development opportunity and you have gone in a direction that has reaped many blessings! Thank you for sharing.

  2. You inspire me to embrace my new normal.

  3. Wow. Very well written and said. You have an amazing attitude. Glad you are doing so well.

  4. Almost thought I was reading about myself here. Our lives changed at about the same time. I became ill in 2011.
    Coming from FMF#35

  5. Wow, Debbie, that brings tears to my eyes. That would have to be so, so tough. It's always easy to climb the ladder up in life but it requires a special diligence and determination to go backwards. You are such an inspiration!


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