Five Minute Friday — Ordinary

We call it Five Minute Friday. It’s where everyone writes for five, unedited minutes all on the same prompt. This week, that prompt is the challenge itself, the dare, the scary. This week’s prompt is ORDINARY.

The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( Her rules: no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because she had been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people — a couple of hundred strong — who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. And I’m proud to say I’m one of them.

So, here goes. The timer is set for five minutes {clock starts now}

Ordinarily, writing on a specific topic is fairly routine. You think, you write.

But there is nothing ordinary about this week’s topic. Routine? Yes. Scheduled? Sure. Common? Maybe. Unremarkable. Never!

The word this week should be “unique” … not ordinary. Nothing we do is “ordinary.” We all bring our own time, talents and thoughts to the process.

And that goes for our lives as well. None of us are ordinary. We are all unique … made in the image of our God  according to His plan. My path is not your path. Our paths are not the same as others. We bring a unique spin to everything we do and think and write.

That’s what we bring to the writing tablet. That’s the beauty of the process. It is our uniqueness that gives our words life.


No, unique … STOP

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  Excuses are the leaning posts of fools.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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6 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Ordinary

  1. Angela Asher O'Shaughnessy says:

    Thanks for the reminder about uniqueness. I often feel so very ordinary myself. It’s good to remember that God created each of us to be His own unique representative.


  2. We truly are made in His image and He makes us each individual… great post! DAF


  3. Debbie G. says:

    Just stopping by from FMF. I love your take on our word this week. Yes, we are all unique and fulfill a God given purpose. Hope you have a blessed day!


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