Five Minute Friday: Release

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 Release. 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: Release


This was supposed to be my year of intention. The year in which I make plans and anticipate outcomes and organize myself to within an inch of my life or sanity, whichever I lose first. I thought I needed to add things: schedules, goals, processes and the like. But it turns out, that the heart of living with intention means releasing many of these things. Especially outcomes.

I hold onto outcomes the way one clings to a promise or a life verse. Before I had children, I thought specific outcomes were an absolute. They proved me wrong on that assumption almost immediately, but somewhere along the way, I started to believe in outcomes again. This year, my kids have proven me wrong again. I’m learning this in other areas of my life too, where I have invested myself, where I have lived with intention, and still met with outcomes that I didn’t expect.

This is my year of intention. This is my year of letting go. This is my year of releasing the outcomes, and allowing what may look like failure, become less of a period and more of a comma in my journey. I do have an overzealous streak when it comes to the use of the comma. This may prove useful in the future.


  • Monica

    I hope and pray all goes well for you on this part of your journey and that He shows Himself to you in a brand new way!

  • Kim

    Thanks for sharing. This resonates in my heart. Life is full of surprising outcomes.

  • Mark Allman

    I wrote this on another site about failure or at least how we view it. “I read somewhere that failure is really redirection. Failure should not have such a bad rap I don’t think. I try to teach my children that they always learn so much more from what they consider failures than they ever do with what is considered success. Success usually keeps you in one place in hopes of repeating it. Failure drives you out of your comfort zone and makes you(if you let it) better. Success can be built on the stepping stones of failures. I wish failure did not have such a negative stigma,”

    I also think your living with intention may take you better places than you imagined too!