Five Minute Friday — Done

Time for my Five Minute Friday {??}  contribution. Check out the amazing five minutes takes at Kate’s place on Facebook at by our special community of writers.

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 Andrew. I hope he inspires you to check us out … and maybe join in?

“I looked back over my posts, and the first FMF I did was Oct. 16, 2014. I don’t think I missed one … It’s meant the world to me, this loving wonderful community. Much of my life was lived against a backdrop of feeling quite expendable … to bring back a pithy line from an old Rambo movie, it’s like if you invite someone to a party and he doesn’t show up, it doesn’t really matter. The past [three and a half years] have shown me such a different world! Thank you, Kate, for making that possible.”

I might add, Andrew, his wife Barbara and umpteen rescue dogs live in New Mexico. Andrew is also dying … in the latter stages of pancreatic cancer which has knocked him down, but not out. He has vowed to participate as long as the Lord allows him to … and the Five Minute Friday community always await his wit and wisdom. Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat was in fact dedicated to him. For me, his words and his perseverance are a true profile in courage. My thoughts and prayers — along with others around the globe as members of this special community — are always with Andrew and Barb. His words are posted at

Well, the prompt is DONE and the timer is set for five minutes, so lets GO ...

My wife and I didn’t argue very much. Whenever we had a disagreement, it was generally one-sided. Right or wrong, I wouldn’t engage in the “battle” of words. Instead, I would let her vent — five minutes, two hours, three days. When all was said and done, I would add a simple, “Are you done now?” in my best 60s sarcasm, which would, of course, re-ignite the rhetoric … but with a difference. Instead of rehashing everything, we could discuss the root of matter more fully without the entrapment of the heat of battle. Not suggesting it — but it worked for us.

I thought about that as I pondered today’s {Friday’s} prompt. There have been times, I was on the spewing side of the argument with my best friend. And I can hear Him responding after wearing me down, “Are you done now?” And, with a clearer head, we could maneuver through the issue at hand with better clarity.

And after my final vent I … STOP

hope to hear His voice as He reunites me with those who have gone before me with It is finished … Well done good and faithful servant.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: If someone touched your life, tell them, don’t assume they know.

About wisdomfromafather

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

  1. Dude, I am so humbled.

    Your callout brought light to days that have spiralled into something worse than the darkest nightmare, and I am grateful beyond words.


  2. Hi
    I am your neighbour for FMF. An interesting way to work out arguments. I heard a good one the other day. If a couple started to argue they would light a candle. Neither could say anything for 5 minutes. After that time- the reason for arguing had defused. I love that idea.


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