five minute friday // together.

Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday, the "flash mob" of writing.

Five Minute Friday

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1 // write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2 // link back to her and invite others to join in.
3 // And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, 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.

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"Why can't I just get it together?!"

If people only knew how often I think that to myself, it might be slightly...annoying to them.  But only in the way really, really repetitive questions can be annoying.

I am a perfectionist, as I blogged here.

I have learned a lot about that since my epiphany.  And one of those things is, most people don't have it together.  So, we are all in this together by not having it all together.

I sort of like that.  We are all human, we are all messy, we have messy lives with other messy people, and we're in this mess just ... doing our best!

Some of us have messier lives than others.  Some people sweep their messes under the rug.  Some people walk right over top of the mess to get to the other side.  Some people carry their mess with them everywhere they go, collecting along the way.  Some people just get tired and leave it somewhere else.  And some people take the time to sift through that mess, and make sense of the mess to learn for the future.

I want to be that last kind of person.  I don't want to be in denial.  I don't want to just pretend it never happened, I don't want to take it for granted, I don't want baggage, and I don't want to get so tired, I lose myself in it.

I want health.  I want happy.  I want joy.
All of this is with Jesus.
He and I are in this together, and that is the best together I can think of.

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  1. great imagery. funny how us perfectionists can sometimes feel the most like we don't have it together, eh? love your humor at the outset, and the move into grace...the move into being together with God.

  2. Ohmygoodness, I came to this post late (beckoned in by the funny picture) but I'm so glad I made it here. I feel like a broken record talking about my pesky perfectionism, and how I struggle (daily) to overcome it and live authentically. I'm glad to know I'm not alone, and that the best together I have is to keep moving forward with Christ. Thank you for sharing this. I look forward to reading more.