On a drab, dismal Friday, it was refreshing to plug into Kate’s Five Minute Friday home page and discover the word for the week was CULTURE! This is going to be interesting.
You know the drill. It’s Friday, we have a prompt, we write, we post, we share. And it all comes down at Kate’s place in the Community section at www.fiveminutefriday.com. I’ve told you before … you should check it out. Better yet, you should join in.
For another take, Gayl contributes from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat, “My very first blog post was for FMF. It really helped me move forward with my blog. It was fun, inspiring and a challenge to write for five minutes on a topic.”
There you have it. Listen to Gayl.
I guess it’s time to get started. The timer has been set so we’ll cultivate our way through the next five minutes. GO…
Hmm. Which was to go.
Initially, I thought of culture as a noun — you know, the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.
But as I let my mind wander, I shifted to culture as a verb. More specifically, it’s more widely used synonyms — cultivate, grow, promote, raise, rear, tend. And I’ll try to connect those actions with the noun and how it ties together. Let’s see how we do.
Our actions in these areas help us form our personal culture (noun). It’s up to us to cultivate and help others grow. It’s up to us to promote each other and raise the group up. It’s up to us to help rear those in our group and tend to their individual and corporate needs. That’s how we culture (verb) the culture (noun).
We’re interconnected. This group, Five Minute Friday, is a group of individual writers
… who come together as a Christian-based writing community linked by our interest in faith-filled writing. That’s the noun. That’s our linking belief. That’s our group. That’s our culture.
We can’t live in a vacuum, though. We have to help each other. We have to culture each other.
By definition, culture the verb is transitive. As such it has two characteristics: it is an action verb it must have a direct object. So, friends, let’s culture each other — in this group and in life.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Encouragement is the fuel on which hope runs. – Zig Ziglar
I think the culture that I form
is perhaps not one to share,
because it makes ‘be hard’ the norm,
and it merely asks what you can bear.
There is no room for soft caress
nor whispered words of sympathy;
a fist-bump is the way to bless,
and love’s shown by profanity.
This is not a comfort-zone,
nor a place to bare your heart.
It’s where you fight, though not alone
while cancer tears your life apart.
And I pray for strength, with every breath,
that I’m allowed a standing death.
‘Standing death’ harks back to the death of Saito Musashibe Benkei, a 12th-century warrior monk who was a friend to Minamoto no Yoshitue, one of Japan’s most famous samurai. When Yoshitune and his followers were surrounded in the castle of Koromogawa no tate and Yoshitune prepared to take his own life, Benkei guarded the gate, and died standing upright.
Stay strong. Thoughts and prayers.
Will do, and many thanks!
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I totally did not think of it like a verb! Your creativity was flowing today.
It’s amazing how words change when we think of their usage…as a noun, verb, etc. Great post!
Thank you! Have a great weekend.
I sure love your final quote from Zig Ziglar, one of my favorite stars. You are so right! We culture our culture. We come alongside and make each other better.
Thanks. We have to stick together! Blessings.