Five Minute Friday: Fly

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Fly. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’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’s Prompt: Fly

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This might not work is either a curse, something that you labor under, or it’s a blessing, a chance to fly and do work you never thought possible.” – Seth Godin

I didn’t think it possible for me to find any type of work for which I have a natural affinity. Or to find work that I love, or look forward to, or enjoy in any capacity other than the simple joy of bringing home a paycheck. For much of my life, I believed the part of me created to do good work was essentially–broken.

Writing flipped everything on it’s head, and I find a deep joy and satisfaction in creating. Every bit of writing I’ve done, every word laid down falls into the “this might not work” category. Most of it has never flown, but instead toppled from the branch into the mud below. But, I believe hope is a thing with feathers, and regardless of my work “not working”, not paying, not flying in the way I hoped, I believe it still has the means to fly. It possesses the downy, tender fluff  which may someday grow into full, broad wings.

I think so much of the work of writing is impossible. It’s impossible to show up in front of a computer screen with something fresh everyday, and somehow writers do. It’s impossible to believe that one’s work will connect with someone, communicate a truth, meet a need. And yet, it does, even when that need is the writer’s own. It’s impossible to believe that stories change the world, but I am living proof. Stories continue to change me.

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Are you doing things you never thought possible? Are you trying hard to fly? Tell me about it! I could use the encouragement.

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  • Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk

    I love that quote, Kimberly. That’s kinda what we’ve been thinking about a lot of houses that seem possible, but unlikely – so much more room for grace.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      “More room for grace”–I love this perspective, Kelly.

  • Elizabeth

    Often, wondering about the “worth” of my writing stops me from putting words on the page. Yet I know sometimes I need to write just to work it out in my head. I found encouragement in your words today. Thanks for writing and for stopping by my blog.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for popping in here, Elizabeth. Keep writing, if only for yourself:)

  • Oh, I love hearing your thoughts on writing, Kimberly. That last paragraph especially.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Jenn:) Always good to see you here!

  • Mark Allman

    Stories do change people and change what you think about them.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Sure do!

  • Leah

    Great Post! I liked that quote on the top. “This might not work…” yeah that has been a persistent drip in my mind these days. Homeschooling this year has turned a drip into a flood. But I know that I know, God is right in the center of this whole “this might not work” thing. He loves to show us, yes you can’t but I can enable when you trust Me. It sounds nice and all hallmark-y in philosophy, but is hard and messy in the practice. I’m learning this learning to fly starts out akward and ugly at first.
    Cheers,
    Leah

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I wish it looked graceful from the get-go, but yeah, awkward and ugly is exactly what it looks like. Thanks for sharing, Leah.

  • Karrilee Aggett

    I just adore coming here… and hanging out with you over a virtual cup of tea! I love this… and yes, I live it too! “I believe it still has the means to fly. It possesses the downy, tender fluff which may someday grow into full, broad wings.” Amen, sweet friend! Amen!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I love when you stop by, Karrilee:) Solidarity for the writing journey, friend!