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 fiveminutefriday.com 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