Five Minute Friday — Experience

It’s time to take five minutes on a specific word prompt and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

Yes, it’s Five Minute Friday time. The format is simple. Set the timer for five minutes and write. Don’t worry about mistakes, grammar, fonts or punctuation … just write from your mind and heart. Then, post and encourage others who have braved the exercise by linking up on Facebook at That’s the fun part!

To entice you to check us out, I’ve also been sharing some of the experiences my fellow writers have shared as chronicled in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll include the words contributed by an anonymous contributor. I hope the words inspire you to join our writing club.

“I’ll never forget the night the word prompt was FEAR. I thought THIS is fear. Writing for five minutes, no edits, no time to clarify or verify! But I did it and I felt free. Now? I don’t even sweat FMF — I have fun and love community of writers.”

This week’s prompt is EXPERIENCE. The time has been set, so I guess it’s time to GO…

Experience is the best teacher. That’s not to denigrate the role of a good teacher, mentor, or soul brother/sister, but to emphasize how experiences shape our lives.

Nonetheless, the proverb rings true. Experience is a great teacher. When we experience and en event — get totally immersed in the person, place or thing that comprises the experience — we gain a valuable lesson. Sometimes its a bad experience. Sometimes it’s a good experience. Always it is a teachable experience.

When things go wrong — and they will — reaching back to our own experiences help to put us on a corrective course to make the next attempt better. When things go right, honing our experience will make it better the next time.

We all have to experience our own experiences. What works for me won’t necessarily work for you. But my experiences give me a peek into the circumstances that possible might be able to help you and your experiences might be able to help me.

Experiences count. They help shape us. … STOP

That was harder than it should have been, but it’s what I came up with.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters. — Audrey Hepburn


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8 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Experience

  1. When things go wrong I have to figure
    that it was just the rolling dice
    that, in the end did not deliver
    an outcome that I thought was nice.
    It surely could not be my fault,
    for my judgement’s always been
    something that I well could vaunt
    beyond even Solly’s ken.
    I am, however, now compelled
    to look back and, perhaps, discern
    that, yea, perhaps I had failed,
    and from this failure did not learn,
    but nah, it’s cool, and really, dude,
    there’s naught to me can be improved.

    ‘Solly’ is, of course, the Biblical Solomon.


  2. true indeed our experiences shape us, and through them, we can help shape others. 🙂 Visiting via FMF#22


  3. Tara says:

    Experiences really do teach and shape us.


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