Ever since I first heard of them, I’ve dreamt of doing a flash mob. How cool would that be?! Invite your friend to the mall, only to suddenly step away and join a chorus of other hot dancers, poppin’ it and lockin’ it. My heart beats faster just thinking of it.

Until then, I’ve run across a novel idea: a writing flash mob which takes place every Friday. To be honest, it felt a little “out of my league” and “big-time.” So, I’ve hemmed and hawed, eyeing the instructions and other bloggers who participate for weeks, and silently watching from the sidelines. Until…today: (I think) I’m all in. If I don’t do it this second, I think I’ll never do it. I’m diving in for two reasons: 1. to get more connected with the larger community of bloggers (aka I don’t wanna feel alone!) and 2. to field a kick in the butt to practice writing regularly and consistently.

Five Minute Friday

The marching orders: Write on the word prompt for 5 minutes flat. No extreme-editing: “Unscripted. Unedited. Real.” The idea is to get past our perfectionism and just. do. it.

Today’s prompt: Graceful

When I think of “graceful” I think of dancing…as in ballerinas. The thing is, I cannot relate to this type of dancing at all, therefore I feel there’s a steep bridge I must cross before I can reach graceful as well. Growing up, my mom offered for me to take dancing many times. I always quickly said “no”–must have felt confident it wasn’t for me. Somewhere, deep inside, my inner dancer knew I was destined for hip-hop moves and cheerleading dances. In my opinion, when it comes to dancing: ballerinas = graceful; fly girls = perfection.

My life lately has felt anything but graceful. Feels more like dancing, falling down, brushing myself off, sitting on the edges of the studio for a while and getting back up only when I feel like it. I’m reminded, though, graceful isn’t so much a state of how we look on the outside as much as how I live on the inside. Isn’t anything that’s important, anything that’s eternal represented in the inner sanctum, the unseen? Today I can’t say I look graceful. May be don’t even exude grace from the inside. Interestingly enough, doing this for the first time, leaping off the cliff, it just makes me feel brave.

Ding, ding goes the timer.

Thanks for showing up here to read and allow me to improve my craft. Head over to Lisa-Jo’s (hostess of these beautiful mobsters) for your own five minutes to read, write, or share a word of encouragement.

Photo credit: quinn.anya Creative Commons

But that's enough about me…what about you?

Imagine me in my best cheerleading voice, chanting: "When I say 'graceful' you say....?"

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  • Jill/Colorfulheart

    interesting that you knew even at a young age which type of dance was a better fit for YOU…and being confident of what does and doesn’t fit with who you are is an example of giving grace to yourself…

    YAY! for being brave enough to join us! (and, no, most of us aren’t any better or fancier writers than you…)

    • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

      Thanks for your encouragement Jill! Means a lot. Will you reply with a link to your site? Couldn’t find you.

  • http://beyondthebigredbarn.wordpress.com/ Kelly @Beyond the Big Red Barn

    Tried posting earlier, but it didn’t “take” for some reason! Anyhow, welcome to Five Minute Fridays! I also find it a bit nerve-wracking to post my writing (unedited!) where others (that I don’t know!) can read it. So good on you for taking the leap! I especially like your comment that “graceful isn’t so much a state of how we look on the outside as much as how I live on the inside.” Hope to see more of your writing here at FMF!

    • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

      Kelly-I agree! Does feel raw and vulnerable. Thanks for your comforting & supportive feedback :)

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    “graceful isn’t so much a state of how we look on the outside as much as how I live on the inside.” YES! And Amen. Thanks for stopping by so I knew to visit your wonderful 5 minute write!!

  • lindseyfoj

    Samantha! Wow! I am delighted that you decided to write this week because first of all…it was awesome! And second of all…yay…I get to meet you! And I like you ALREADY…just from this post. I have a secret desire to do flash mobbing too!! Also, I love dancing and finally took lessons when I was 22. And I hardly ever feel graceful either! it’s a place that I realize how much I need Him. SOOOO great to meet you…thank you for coming over to my space so we could connect!

    Hey, by the way…there is a pre-writing Five Minute Friday party on Twitter every Thursday night for people just to get together and encourage each other before Lisa-Jo releases the word at midnight. It would be so awesome if you would like to join in! Just pop in around 10:30 or 11 pm and use the hashtag #FMFparty Hope to see you there!

    • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

      Aw, thanks Lindsey! I feel all warm inside. :) You caught my eye…love the parts of your story I’ve seen and look forward to getting to know you better by following along as well. Thanks for party invite. I saw that…I’ll try to do that from time to time as my energy/bedtime allows it. :)

  • http://twitter.com/lisajobaker Lisa-Jo Baker

    Oh I LOVE that you’ve joined our writing flash mob. We’re a fun lot who love to cheer a sister on. There’s nothing cool or big-time about us and we’ll be your fly girls any day. :) Welcome and welcome!


    • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

      Okay, THAT thought excites me even more than writing. :) The idea of us being “fly girls,” that is. Thanks for the personal, heart-felt welcome Lisa-Jo. Makes me feel cared for and noticed. The cherry on top I didn’t even expect. :)

  • http://babyrowe.blogspot.com Sabrina

    Welcome, Samantha! I love the writing flash mob image :) Well done on your first FMF post–I enjoyed it. I often feel like sitting out on the sidelines too, joining in only when I feel like it. But life doesn’t allow for me to “rest” as long as I’d like.

    Thanks for the reminder that being graceful and all its important is more of an inward thing, not always outward. I look forward to reading more of yours posts.

    • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

      Thanks for your encouragement Sabrina!! Feels so good to be surrounded by women of faith and beauty!

  • Jacqui

    Samantha, I love this! And I agree with Sabrina…I love the writing flash mob image! It made me chuckle :) You have a strong voice, and I’m so glad that you’re joining 5MF! I can’t wait to get to know you more. Blessings!

    • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

      Oh…how that gives me chills to read: strong voice. Thank you. Your kind words spur me on. Happy I decided to join such a neat and encouraging group of gals. :)