Five Minute Friday — Full

Here I am for this week’s Five Minute Friday post.

Most of you know what Five Minute Friday is, but for a quick review, it’s a chance for a group of dedicated writers to get together weekly to write on a one word prompt for five minutes. Nothing fancy. Nothing too deep [unless that’s the direction we writers are convicted to do]. Technically, no edits — including spelling and grammar — although I’m sure we all fudge on that one. I know I do. When I just let my fingers wander, they often can’t keep up with my free range mind and the gibberish on the screen needs deciphering. And we do it all in five minutes! [Well, that’s the goal, although I’ve been known to go a tad beyond at times.]

It all starts with a Twitter party Thursday night where the prompts come to life. I enjoy “chaperoning” that party, although we all pretty much skipped this week’s camaraderie. Then it’s work time.

The exciting part is after we post, we share. We visit our community site at and link our words before settling in to read the remarkable takes on the prompt word from other writers in the group. I encourage you to visit as well, even if you’re not inclined to join in. It is painless … and so rewarding.

As an extra inducement, I’ve been including testimonials on Five Minute Friday from other contributors as collected in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week’s it’s by Sarah. May her words sway you to give us a look.

“I LOVE the Five Minute Friday Community! When I have writer’s block they are always on hand to encourage and motivate me. Having a focus word to write from is an incredible tool for any writer! Even though I don’t join in every week … I know there is always an invitation and a place for me at the FMF Party table!”

So, there you have it, I guess it’s time to get to work. The prompt this week is FULL. The timer is set for five minutes. GO …

Half full? Half empty? Overflowing? Empty?

How about everywhere in between!

I happen to be a half full kind of guy, although I know many who see the world through the half empty prism.

There are aspects of my life which are full and overflowing … a fulfilled life, full of promise and adventure … a full quiver of family members … the remnants of a fulfilled career. I’ve led a full life and I look forward to a full eternity in the presence of my God, family, and friends.

Life isn’t always full of sunshine and rainbows. There are gloomy days and clouds. But, the sun is always shining above the clouds and we need the rain for the rainbows. I guess it is all  how you look at it. Half full? Half empty?

I’ll take the half full view. There is always something more to look forward to.

And realistically, I’ll settle for enough. I’ll savor what I’ve already enjoyed and when the cup drains, look forward … STOP

to the refill.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: The most important lesson of friendship is also the most basic. In order to have a friend, you must be a friend. — Ruth Soukup

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9 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Full

  1. Maybe half empty, or half full,
    and that is where it’s at,
    but I’m gonna cut the bull;
    my cup’s broke by baseball bat.
    Pieces scattered far and wide,
    and they’ll never fit again,
    but it’s for me to decide
    whether I choose to remain.
    It’s tempting to just let it go;
    the game is ruined, can’t you see?
    And how can you really know
    that there’s an eternity?
    Yeah, tough choice, but may as well
    choose Heaven over hell.


  2. Bruce says:

    I’d say half full. There was a time in my younger life, when I tended to be negative. I have transitioned into a more positive view in my later life. I like the positive aspect much better than the negative one. A positive outlook opens up new possibilities and new horizons. I used to drive myself crazy with things that are out of my control. Then I learned to concentrate on things where I had an element of control. Complaining about something accomplishes nothing, Doing something positive empowers me, and I am able to retain my sanity….LOL.

    Yes, watching the social media and seeing the hatred being spewed out between people is disconcerting. I even tried to take on the role of peacemaker, but that certainly didn’t succeed. Time for plan B. I have divorced myself from politics and I very rarely watch the national news anymore. It’s just common sense. If someone gets down in the mud like a hog, what do they end up with all over themselves ? Mud !! I recall Jesus encouraging us not to take on the ways of the world. Now I understand why he said this. Someone might think they can change what they perceive as being wrong with the world, but the reality is that they become corrupted by the system, and they then become part of the problem. The bottom line is that we cannot change human nature. As long as we live our human lives, we will always be subject to human nature.

    But we can assert our independence. I’m very comfortable being myself. Maybe I’m old fashioned in some ways, but I honestly believe honesty is the best policy. I’m a child of the universe, and I have the right to be here. I’m trying to be my Inner Person, because this is the person I was created to be. Alright, I’m done “preaching” for now….LOL.

    Y’all have a pleasant day.


  3. I’ve led a full life and I look forward to a full eternity in the presence of my God, family, and friends.<==== Those words are invaluable. Thank you! Jenn, FMF FB


  4. Brenda Lynn says:

    I love the reminder that though we empty, there is always a refill on the way. Such an important thing to remember during the “half empty” days. Thank you!


  5. Bruce says:

    Brenda Lynn….This is a unique approach. We tend to think in linear terms. A glass is either half full or half empty. I didn’t even think about the refill option. Thanks for the refill.


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