Five Minute Friday — Truth

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 TRUTH.

The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( Her rules: no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; visit other contributors’ blogs and comment. 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 after just five minutes of focused writing. They are not perfect posts, not necessary profound. But they come from the heart.

So now on Fridays a group of people — a couple of hundred strong and mostly young mothers — 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}

Truth, an absolute word with such a slippery meaning.

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the prompt was the scene in A Few Good Men. Kaffee (Tom Cruise) demands an answer from Jessep (Jack Nicholson): “I want the truth!” Jessep answers, “You can’t handle the truth!”

That’s how we are, too, I think. We want the truth, but we can’t handle the truth … or we don’t really know the truth. Sure, we have dogmatic “truths” but even they are often colored by interpretations . If truth was black or white, there would be no such thing as denominations and the world would be a vanilla paradise.

Truth, unfortunately, is subjective. We have core beliefs. We have basic tenets… STOP

… We are confident and assured in those. But we come to those beliefs through the prism of our upbringing, experiences and education. And the truth is those factors take some of the blackness of the word. We often conveniently pick and choose which “truths” we accept or which we re-interpret to fit our version of the truth.

Ah, yes. We just have to be careful to not to confuse “our” truth with real truth.

There you go, for better or worse.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  An explosive situation can often be eased by a few carefully chosen words, softly spoken.

About wisdomfromafather

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

  1. homeskoolmom says:

    Just watched the end of that movie the other night on network. What a great jumping off point. Great thoughts!

  2. don’t know that i agree with the fact that all truth is subjective – but i totally loved your opening sentence!

    have a blessed weekend!

  3. pilatesong says:

    So many good points in your post. Truth is such an expansive and consuming topic….it’s almost impossible to collapse into 5 minutes. You, however, did it justice!

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