Five Minutes

What if someone said “you have five minutes to tell me about ______, about whatever the topic was to be?” You have five minutes to covey your feelings and thoughts. What will you say first? What is your leading point going to be? What will you follow it up with? And how will your close this out? Five minutes? Come on Cindy that really isn’t enough time. Well, maybe not. But you do have to admit that five minutes is forever when you are standing in front it of a group trying to fill the time with content. Add an audience and five minutes feels like forever, trust me this I know.

Need More Time?

I agree, five minutes may not be enough time–so, how much time would you like to have? Is 30 minutes enough? Or would you prefer an hour? How much time do you need to talk about the things you are passionate about? How much time would I need? Well, is a lifetime an option? It feels that I have spent my lifetime talking about the things I am passionate about. Certainly at least since I began my professional career and probably before then. If I could have only a 30 minute time to speak to you about the things I am most passionate about it may take me forever to write my notes. What will I speak on? What things will I delete in the name of time? What am I MOST passionate about? That should be easy for me to determine based on the life I live.

Live Your Values Daily

The things I value should be evident in the choices I make in my daily life. I wonder if I live that life well enough that others can also see what I am passionate about? I hope so, it would matter to me. It should be obvious that I care about child safety and mental health services, but what about more. Can you tell that my faith and family are important to me? And how about my neighbors and fellow man, do people see my concern for others I may daily life? It would seem to me that rather than focus on what I would say in 30 minutes I should be more interested in what I say in my daily walk each day. I hope I reflect my values, beliefs and passions in the walk I live. I don’t always do that, I need to become a better version of myself. Do you reflect your values, beliefs and passions? If your answer is no maybe you can work with me on becoming a better version of yourself too. Maybe we can walk a road of self improvement together. You don’t have to have it all together today, no one does, not even the people who fake it really well. But it is a good idea to always work to improve who you are today. I wish you the best on this journey. Thank you for hanging out with me, be well my friends.

Published by Dr. Cindy Freer Conley

Hello Friends! I am Dr. Cindy Freer Conley, and I am so glad you are here! It is so nice to "meet" you. I am entering the world of blogging for the first time, I hope you find these readings worthwhile, helpful and entertaining. I have spent my career in one role or another of the mental health and counseling world. I have worked in private practice and in schools settings. I hold a PhD in Exceptional Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I currently work in public education full time and adjunct part-time. I am a wife and the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of one young lady who is growing up way too fast. I didn't have all of the answers as a mother, although my kids would probably tell you I faked it often (I did). I don't have all of the answers now, but I do know so much more now than I did 27 years ago when I became a parent. I was a single mother for several years, and learned a lot about the unique struggles single parents face. I have spent time with great supports and time where I felt alone on my path - only to look up and realize I was never alone. We are all on a journey, enjoy the journey, but understand small changes on your part may make lasting impacts to someone else's journey.

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