It’s Five Minute Friday time!

Who’s ready to exhale a long breath and sink into the weekend?

Who’s ready to let your fingers fly across the keyboard or journal and just get it all out?

That’s what we’re about here at Five Minute Friday. We write fast and free, for five minutes flat. All are welcome! Feel free to join the fun, and invite your friends! Link-ups go live at 10pm EST on Thursday nights and remain open all week!

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And guess what?


We’re planning another retreat!




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Now … let’s write!

This week’s FMF prompt is:




Ready? GO.


So here’s the thing. I don’t write about politics. Like, ever.

Sure, I have my opinions and convictions but I guess I just don’t feel the need to air them. So this really isn’t meant to be “a political post” or to stir up any heated debate.

It’s just that, like many of you, I watched Obama’s farewell speech this week.

And yes, I cried.

Right around the time he said the word, “Michelle,” I couldn’t blink back the tears any longer.

Here’s what I took away from that speech:

1. Be the change




2. Embrace differences


And thirdly, not so much from the content of the speech itself but from the aftermath:

3. Sometimes it’s okay to meet in the middle.

I feel like this world can be so polarized at times. So black and white. And yes, we should have principles and convictions and absolutes.

But we don’t need to attack the ones who think differently.



It’s okay for me to say that I didn’t agree with many of Obama’s policies or decisions, but that I still think he is a man of incredible integrity. I can say that I don’t support his view on certain issues, and still stand in awe of the fact that he and his family carried themselves with such class and dignity over the past eight years, particularly in such a pressured, public role.

I don’t have to love everything or hate everything.

I can be in the middle.

And sometimes the middle is a fine place to be.



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35 thoughts on “five minute friday :: middle {plus a retreat survey!}

  1. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on middle. Go. […]

  2. I agree with you about the middle, Kate: I often find myself there, too. I think the world needs more people to stand in the middle;I think that’s where peace and reconciliation can be forged.

  3. Great post! I think many people fall into the political middle, but that reasonable voice isn’t heard enough. I agree, the Obama’s have handled themselves so well over their two terms.

  4. Kate,
    I agree as well. I’d label myself as a “moderate conservative”. As an education major in a small liberal arts college, I was not in the majority, especially among my professors. My natural peacemaking tendencies and desire for fairness and cooperation lead me to try to find the middle to make mediation possible often.
    🙂 And your viewpoints reflected mine. I did not watch the speech, but I think as a family, they really handled themselves well in office. It is a difficult place to be and one that I am now old enough to take, but have no desire for that responsibility. I’ve made enough mistakes on a small scale not to want my mistakes written about on the internet and in history books.

    But, this also is true. If we are to follow Christ, we are to try to reach out and meet in the middle without compromising what we believe. Friendship does not mean 100% agreement, but 100% respect and fairness.

    So grateful for all you bring to FMF and to the world!

  5. Kate,
    That was a great post. Being a Canadian I don’t vote but I do follow your politics and have always liked the dignity and statesmanship of both Obama and Michelle. Middle ground is a good place for somethings -and certainly in learning to get along with others it is good to step back and see their ideas.
    Blessings and thanks for this tremendous linkup.

  6. […] I hadn’t planned on writing today, but when I saw the Five Minute Friday prompt I knew I wanted to write. So here I am, ignoring chores while my baby sleeps, writing. Here’s how Five Minute Friday works: Kate Motaung gives a prompt and a flash mob of writers set their timers for five minutes and just write. This week’s prompt: MIDDLE. […]

  7. Just want to say thanks Kate for the writing prompts, although I don’t always get there in time for 5 Minute Friday, I always check the prompts and it causes posts that have been brewing for a while to come to the surface and get written even if it doesn’t make it to the link up.

  8. […] It is that time again! I am happy to be joining in Five Minute Friday with all the wonderful folks that stop by Kate Motaung‘s blog each week to write with utter abandon for five minutes following the weekly one-word prompt that Kate provides on Thursday evenings. There is so much more to learn about it. Find out all about Five Minute Friday here.  And check out today’s prompt and those who have started earlier here. […]

  9. […] Mollie  <3 This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up. FMF is where bloggers gather together to form a writing flash mob where we all write on a one word prompt for 5 minutes with no editing! Sound like fun? You can learn more by clicking on the button below and/or join this week’s link-up here! […]

  10. Iam not the middle child, I am the youngest but my sister is the middle child of our family and is suffering with stage three cancer that’s getting worst and thigns are not looking great but we are in the middle of her third surgeries and treatment and I am in the middle of finding a flight home to help and be ulplifting and a joy to all, God has brough this opportunity to me while I am in the middle of job searching, starting 3 small at home businesses and living in the middle of the boonies as my friends say is quite a relief as I can step out in to God’s beautiful nature and commune with him on direction and strenghth……

  11. God continues to refine me as I search for clarity in various areas of my life, I so need his refining in work, home, parenting, marriage and health. I continue to refine my body from the inside out and eating right and praying and being in His word are truly the refining I have neede over the years. Refine is such a broad word with a unique meaning to evryone

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