Five Minute Friday: Willing

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 Willing. 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: Willing

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* I decided to take a different approach to the prompt today. I think the point was to write about willingness–to serve, to love, to help, to trust, to stop yelling at one’s children when they’re clearly asking for a verbal spanking, etc. But today, the word “willing” took me elsewhere, so I decided to follow it wherever it wanted to go.

At the top of my largely fictional “life goals” list, are three things I desire more than anything else. I spend a lot of time thinking about them, practically willing them into existence by the force of my desire for them to come true. They are intangibles, really. Hard to measure, and harder to put into any sort of real practice. I can aim for them, like a dreamer aiming for the stars, but I don’t know exactly where I will land. Perhaps I’ll aim for Orion and instead, set foot on the Moon. I will glow like everything else in space.

When I think of how I plan get there, I think of my first marathon, and how I ran that race and with every step I literally willed the finish line into view. But, the truth is, my will had little to do with it. It was the hard work of putting one foot in front of the other for months of intense training, and the mental resolve to keep doing it until the ‘Finish’ banner appeared.

I give my will more credit than it’s due. I forget that aiming for something as impossible as the stars, lies within my reach with the mysterious alchemy of hard work, sheer will, and a little bit of dumb luck.


What do you think it takes to reach for the impossible? Would you share something you’ve tried to will into existence?


  • Stephanie @ The Blended Life

    “I spend a lot of time thinking about them, practically willing them into existence by the force of my desire for them to come true.” That is so true Kimberly! I too try to will the intangible to life – emphasis on accomplishing it with a little dumb luck. 🙂

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie:) Glad to hear I’m not alone.

  • Mark Allman

    I think it takes the thing that is hardest to do at times and that is to “just start the journey”. To do one thing intentionally that will move you closer to that dream… making a plan and then working the plan by starting on one thing and working to complete it and then moving to the next thing…. laying one stone on top of another again and again.