You know the drill. I’ll post this Five Minute Friday contribution, link at Kate’s place on Facebook at fiveminutefriday.com and scan through the incredible work of my fellow writers. As I always say, you should try it as well — both writing and contributing or at least visiting the sites of this talented crew.
I’ve also been sharing other takes on the value of the exercise, taken from snippets found in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat, compiled by Susan Shipe, as an added inducement to join in. Here’s Jennifer’s take.
“I remember the day I stumbled upon the FMF community. While concept of a prompt word certainly wasn’t new to me, the idea of writing in such a short time frame was. But it intrigued me and I jumped right on in. It wasn’t long until some of my favorite blog posts were born from a FMF prompt as I sat down on a whim to pound out a five minute story. A story that was often a little window into my heart.
“Today, FMF is still one of my favorite ways to blog. While the margin in my life is little and I can’t be as involved in the community as I would like, it’s always a joy to be able to take some time to join in, link up and read all about another writer’s take on the particular word. Just one word. Just five minutes.And beautiful things happen …”
So, let’s get into this week’s word, WORTH. The clock starts ticking now …
From the time I got married — actually before I got married — I always tried to impress on my soon-to-be wife and later my children the importance of self-worth. It was particularly challenging for the women in my life, who often let the cynical self-doubt creep into their lives. I tried to instill in them how important they were, how integral they were in the family unit and outside the confines of our walls. I told them repeatedly — over and over again — they could do anything they wanted if they applied themselves. It wasn’t going to be given to them. They had to earn it and they had to want it.
It’s a lesson for all of use. If we’re not happy with ourselves — flaws and all — it’s pretty hard to stay on task. It becomes too easy to give up or give in.
Unfortunately, through the years, I’ve discovered there is more less than self-worth in the world. There are too many struggling to find their identity, to find out who they are.
I’ll attempt to tell you. You were … STOP
… uniquely created for this time and place — not 5 or 50 or 500 or 5,000 years ago; not 5 or 50 or 500 or 5,000 years in the future. Right now. Right here. With your own individual strengths and ides. With your own individual quirks and flaws. God created you and, as I often preached, God don’t make no junk.
Rather, He placed you — that’s a collective you — here for a purpose. Find your purpose. Flaunt your strengths and ideas, even if they are a little quirky. Follow your passions. Think outside the box. And — always shine the Light.
Your worth isn’t determined by you. It was instilled in you by our Creator in your mother’s womb. If you’re worth something to Him, don’t you think you should recognize that worth in yourself?
I always told my ladies — gents, too, when they fall into self-pity — “I love you … and so does God! Now it’s time to love yourself … because you’re worth it!”
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they have than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact, it is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration, it is a dare. Impossible is temporary … Impossible is nothing. And nothing is just … nothing. — Muhammad Ali
‘Round and ’round the rabbit runs,
“I’m number one, I’m FIRST!”
And then, of course, the bad day comes,
and the bubble’s burst.
Thus is life if we depend
on that which is external;
but know this as a truth, my friend,
our worth’s in the eternal
love that God did freely give,
love for which He took the Cross,
and thus died that we might live;
now tell me, brother, ain’t that boss,
that He wants to give us Heaven;
we just rolled 7-11!
Glad you’re feeling better.
True, but there are many, many, long, deep, hidden and not easily understood by those not affected by such things, challenges faced by others that may not have the access to routes others enjoy and take for granted – there is only so much, on this earthly plane, one can do about keeping their self-worth fed, when the systems around them call for service and then also tell them how they are somehow not important enough, worthy enough, etc. Praying and asking God for help is all good and well, but there are times, where the frustration and rage builds, because of moral support and expressions of “I love you, you’re wonderful, feel good about yourself” just doesn’t pay the light bill – 🙂
No doubt about it. Circumstances can sap your self-worth in an instant. But surrounding yourself with affirming people can help — sometimes — re-focus yourself. It may not pay the light bill but I’ll take an I love you any time. I do not, however, believe in empty platitudes. Don’t tell me you love me, show me. 😊❤
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EGGSACTLY!!! WELL SAID! the amount of damage done by the whole ‘feed self-esteem’ parenting books, self-help, positive thinking movements over the years has, IMO done more damage than the ‘gruff, show up, do what you can and should and that it is own reward” often did over millenia – simply because many say the words, write marketing copy, etc., etc., etc., but rarely back it up with concrete actions that make a difference – – the ones I know who make a huge difference locally, in the world I live in? yup – they say it or don’t say it until 3 years later, but when action is needed, they just listen, show up and do – :). the ‘strong silent type’ never fails to win my long term loyalty faster than those who talk a good game but over and over fail to do what they can where they can, on the action fronts – 🙂
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Make a difference.
“when/how you can’ which everyone can do, hee and there – righto!
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Self care/self worth is so important.
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