Five Minute Friday: Quiet

It’s Five Minute Friday, and today I’m joining Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute crowd to talk about quiet. It’s a bit hard to come by in a house full of kids and dog and busy schedules, but I took a few minutes to enjoy this morning’s quiet and write. Won’t you consider joining in?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Quiet

A few days ago, when I set up the ironing board and threw the pile of wrinkled clothes on the brown leather chair, I reached for the remote. I consider ironing time as guilt free TV viewing time as well. As I hit the button to turn the TV on, I changed my mind and clicked it off. I needed quiet.

As an introvert in a house full of little people who like to talk, I crave the quiet like an addict. I often think about my next hit, the next time I can simply exhale and take a fresh breath of silence. So on ironing day, I dialed everything down until I only heard the hum in my head. Often, the voices inside are louder than the ones on the outside, and I need to take the time to turn down their volume too.

I had a great many thoughts as I ironed and with each shirt, I attempted to narrow it down to the ones I needed to hear most. Quiet brings out my creative. It’s where I dream and all the voices making noise begin to come together to form a greater whole. It surprises me every time–the fullness I find in the listening.


  • Alia_Joy

    I just told my husband the other night that I thoroughly enjoy my own company, and when he was done laughing at me, he understood because that is when creativity can stir and when I recharge and when I can soak into a good book or a thought and not be interrupted by the noises coming from a full and busy life. Whoa there run on sentence. It must be late here. Gotta go to bed now. Babbling….

  • Belinda Letchford

    I too find refreshment in quiet time, though for me I take a shower! Amazing how many creative thoughts come with hot water!! LOL. Thanks for sharing – I have a pile of ironing to do and I was also thinking of turning on a movie, but maybe I’ll just do some thinking instead. I’ll be thinking of you and this post when I turn on that iron!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by, Belinda:) My children consider my shower time a captive parental audience!

  • Leah @ Home Grown Babies

    The quiet totally brings out my creativity! I get my best ideas in the early hours when my house is sleeping…and my hubby doesn’t appreciate it when I try share them with him as soon as he wakes up ha ha!!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      It’s good to know where our creativity hangs out. Morning, not so much for me:)

  • HopeUnbroken

    yes. i GET this 🙂 we have to find that time in the most unique places and spaces, don’t we?
    have a great weekend!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Glad to know I’m not alone, Steph:) Thanks for stopping by.

  • Wow – as an extravert, I kinda think that’s crazy. I start half-hyperventilating at the thought of choosing quiet over guilt-free TV! But that perhaps reveals my fear of being left alone with my thoughts for too long. Which I frequently am. Blogging ends up being the place where I can be noisy again. Weird, how different it is for people, isn’t it? Thanks for this – I always love your writing.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I eventually turned the tv on about ten shirts in, but not after gathering a lot of headspace!

  • OH MY!! Kimberly, this is great and I SOOO get it!! Turn down the volume inside my head…love this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Denise Oldham

    Very awesome post.

  • Oh Kimberly! There’s so much fullness in the listening and amazing what I hear when I give quiet opportunity.

    I don’t so much like ironing here, when I’m stuck on the backside of the desert. But during a cold Michigan winter, that and washing dishes (i.e. my hands stuck in the hot water) are two of my FAVORITE chores!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I actually don’t mind the ironing all that much either. Shhh….don’t tell my mister;)

  • What a beautiful post. I love how God fills up the space when I quiet myself to listen. And I love your blog design. I believe you’ve had a re-do since I last visited!