Five Minute Friday: Dive

Hello, Friends! Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write about what it means to dive. Won’t you join us?

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 prompt: DIVE


My girl stood at the opposite end of the pool yelling, “Daddy, watch! Watch me, Mom! I’m going to do it!”. And she bent over as far as her seven year old body would allow, head bowed low, red goggles suction cupped to her face. Her hands stretched inches from the water and with a quick flick of her feet, she flopped into the pool. Hands first. We called it a dive, and cheered from the chairs.She repeated the process another six or seven times and we cheered louder as with each attempt, it looked less like a flop and more like the real thing.

This year, I plan to dive headfirst into life, but not without a little trepidation. Not without a pair of goggles strapped to my head to help me see. I imagine myself graceful, fully arced, flying through the air with feet kicking the clouds. In reality, I know I’ll curve deep to touch the edge, tentative. And my dive? Flop-worthy. Either way, I’ll ask my people to look, to cheer me on, to watch me pull out from under the deep end, and then I’ll climb to the edge and dive in again, satisfied.


This week, I dove head first into a new notebook. I fill it with all sorts of miscellaneous lists and writing and prayers I can’t speak. Sometimes I write down plans, and God sees them and laughs, and sometimes I keep a record of writing submission wins and losses. Last year I wrote in pencil. This year is about the pen.

What are you diving into this day, this week, this year? Tell us about it.


  • Oh, Kimberly…this year is about the pen. I need to pick up the pen. Thank you for the thoughts.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      To the year of the pen, Mary!

  • I’m trying to get the courage to dive. But I know I’m not graceful when I do, though hearing from “my people” is so very important. I’m so glad you have that support system because without them diving is so much harder. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      The cheering section reminds me that they’re not looking for graceful, just brave.

  • Awesome words of inspiration!
    Found you via Lisa-Jo & Five-Minute-Friday…

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by Teri:)

  • Alia_Joy

    Here’s to the year of the pen! That all of our dives would be indelible and deliberate.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Indelible–I love that:)

  • Ah yes… if we first see it in our minds – our Dive of grace, pointed toes and arched back and all… maybe, just maybe then we will catch glimpse of it in our spirits and we will find boldness to jump off and fly! Love this!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Praying to catch that glimpse of the spirit.

  • I’m so glad FMF brought me here! 1. I dive into new journals quite frequently and fill them with much the same as you. 2. I adore tea and Swtizerland 🙂 I’ll be following along from now on.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Emily:) So glad you’ll be back. It’s always nice to find a kindred spirit who appreciates journals, tea, and Switzerland!

  • I can just see this story play out. The thing is that with God cheering us on He somehow turns our flops into successes that can only be attributed to Him. Yay! Thanks for sharing this post about your daughter’s bravery as well as your own!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for visiting, Jessica:)

  • Michael

    You know I’ll be cheering you on!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I know it, babe:)

  • I wrote this on a friends blog about digging deeper this year: We need to dive deep; to dive long; to dive with a plan; to dive and search; to dive and learn; to dive and bring back treasure to share.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Love this, Mark. So much resides in the deep if we’re willing to dive.