Five Minute Friday — If

Is everybody ready for Five Minute Friday?

It’s where our group of writers [okay most of them, often we have Saturday and Sunday stragglers, myself included] gather  to write unscripted for five minutes on a specific word prompt. Our prompt is diligently supplied by Kate Motaung. After we post, we link up on Facebook at to share our pearls of wisdom or our pig’s ears and mix and mingle.

I’ve been sharing snippets taken from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. They are a testament to the value of the exercise. This week, I’ll share some perspective from Kimberly. I hope she inspires you to check us out … and maybe join in?

“ FMF gave me permission to release my need for perfection, for over-thinking, and for worrying about how the readers will receive my work. It allowed me to revel in the smaller details of my ordinary days and receive them as a gift. Thanks to you, Kate, and Lisa-Jo [the originator of Five Minute Friday], I have embraced moments I would have otherwise have forgotten. It’s been a joy to participate.”

Yes. It’s a great creative outlet. Not everything is perfect … but neither are we. It’s always eye-opening. You should check out the site and see for yourself … or better yet, try it yourself.

The prompt this week is IF and the timer is set, so let’s GO…

If. Such a small word. Such a big meaning.

If , the conjunction, is one of those linking words … often not in a positive way. If it starts raining … If you’re up to it … If you don’t have anything else planned …

I would rather use positive words, like “when”. It erases the unpredictability of  “if”. It sets up an action plan. When it starts to rain … When you’re up to it … Let’s do (action) when you have nothing else planned …

Of course, sometimes, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to interchange the words. But whenever possible {notice I didn’t say if possible}, I choose the positive over the openendedness.

It’s the same in my faith life. I don’t say, if I get to heaven. I say when I get to heaven. I don’t give myself the option of, if I have time, I’ll … STOP

do some bible study. I choose instead, I will do my bible study when I make the time.

If. A small two-letter word. A conjunction that allows conditions, possibilities and stipulations. I choose when.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Attitudes are contagious so keep a good one at all times.


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8 Responses to Five Minute Friday — If

  1. Lesley says:

    I agree, when it’s possible I prefer the certainty of “when” to the unpredictability of “if”. I like how you point out that “when” leads to an action plan.

  2. I actually don’t mind ‘if’; it’s two letters of hope for me. The ‘whens’ are getting dire…”soon, when you’ll need hospice…”

    I’ll take the ‘if I survive’.

    • Change the sentence. If I need hospice and when (or while) I’m surviving. I know it’s tough to stay positive right now, but keep the faith and keep your eye on the ultimate prize. In my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Array says:

    I like the positive, the Bible uses if in the positive a lot. If, and it is. If, and I do, If, and you are. You can do a lot with this little word, if you want to. #58 a poem.

  4. Lee Ann L. says:

    I like this perspective.

    “When we all get to heaven,
    what a day of rejoicing that will be!
    When we all see Jesus
    we’ll sing and shout the victory.”

    The lyrics don’t say “If”. It says “When”. It’s an affirmation of our faith in the things that will come (be).

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