five minute friday: small

5minutefridayFive Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge in which hundreds of people participate. Everyone writes for five minutes on one word issued every Friday at 12:01am. Unscripted. Unedited. Real. 

The challenge for me is not the first five minutes of writing. It is to abandon perfectionism in the minutes that follow…

 

Some days I feel small.
Like when I walk into Barnes & Noble and shrink under the enormous pressure to be brilliant if I am ever going to see one of my books on one of those shelves.

Some days I feel small.
Like when the voices in my head squash me down to size, telling me I’m not qualified to make a noticeable impact.

Some days I feel small.
Like when I cower under someone else’s words, describing who I “really” am or what I “really” want…someone who “really” doesn’t know me at all.

But not today.

Today, I do not to despise small beginnings, but I embrace them with a smile.
Today, I notice that my small voice has a tiny ripple effect, and that’s absolutely perfect.
Today, I feel blessed that those who really know me, love me big and small.

  4Comments

  1. Kaelynn   •  

    I’ve been there so many times… It’s hard not to feel small when your dreams feel so big… sometimes too big… Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone!

    I found your blog through the link up for five minute friday! I’m glad I could stop by!

    • andriabicknell   •     Author

      I know, right?!?!? Then other days, I feel like a rock star, lol! Guess it’s all part of the process. Thanks for stopping by, Kaelynn.

  2. Katie Reid   •  

    Really loved reading your FMF post! I am amazed at what beautiful posts people come up with in just five minutes. I am just joining up for the first time today. I am Type A as well- a recovering perfectionist and this writing exercise is so good, and scary, for me too. Thanks for your transparency.:)

  3. andriabicknell   •     Author

    Wow Katie, I absolutely love your post at: http://echoesofmyheartcd.blogspot.com/. It’s beautiful. My favorite line was the very last one about how God’s greatness invades our smallness. I love nestling in. Well done, and welcome to FMF. 🙂

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