Five Minute Friday — Fly

It’s Friday so it’s time for Five Minute Friday when a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind gather — a couple of hundred strong —  to just write without worrying if it’s just right and share what five minutes buys them. And I’m proud to say I’m one of them.

The rules are loose, but essentially include no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; visit other contributors’ blogs, comment and offer encouragement.

Everyone writes for five, unedited minutes on the same prompt. My routine is generally to go to Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog (, get the prompt, think about it for a little bit then focus on putting my thoughts on paper, er, I mean, screen.

This week’s prompt offered another challenge. It was FLY.

Honestly, two totally divergent thoughts crossed my muddled mind … and, for the life of me, I couldn’t decide which direction to take or how to tie them together. So, for better or worse, here it is. The timer is set for five minutes {clock starts now}

How many times have you said to yourself, I wish I was a fly on the wall?

I know I have … many, many times. I wanted to be “in the loop” for conversations that probably didn’t concern me. I was just a little nosey.

When you think about it, being a fly on the wall is pretty silly. After all, flies cannot hear. They don’t have “ears.”

Enough digression. The more I thought about being a fly on the wall, the more I realized I didn’t have to be one. Perhaps the conversation was privileged. Perhaps it was personal and I didn’t need to know the dirty little secrets. Perhaps it was background. Perhaps it was negotiation.

No, instead I  theorized I was just being self absorbed. The world doesn’t revolve around me. But, more important, if I knew all the whys behind the whats, I couldn’t enjoy the challenges or … STOP

… blessings coming my way. Sometimes we really don’t have to know how sausage is made. We just have to just enjoy the sausage.

And that lead me to the hymn, I’ll Fly Away. I have no idea why, but I couldn’t get the melody out of my head the rest of the day.

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory
I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  Cut your contribution to air pollution if you want to breathe clean air.


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

  1. elizabubble says:

    I like this, And This is so true. I have often wanted to be a fly on the wall. I wanted to know what people thought of me.

  2. Dena Chapman says:

    Oh! Thank you for that reminder of the song, I’ll Fly Away – I love that song! Wish I had remembered it in time to write my post… 😦

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