Friday, March 2, 2018

Five Minute Friday - Regret

Linking up with Five Minute Friday -- we are given a writing prompt and told to write for five minutes and then stop! We think link up. Today s prompt is Regret . . and as usual, I'm sure my blog is going in a different direction from everyone else's . . .I'm quirky like that! So setting my timer -- Go!
A Time for Everything

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;

         A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

A time to kill and a time to heal;

         A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to weep and a time to laugh;

         A time to mourn and a time to dance.

A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;

         A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

A time to search and a time to give up as lost;

         A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;

         A time to be silent and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate;
         A time for war and a time for peace.

If you know me, you know I love to laugh. I also love the idea of dancing. I'm not a good dancer (regret #1 perhaps) but even the scripture tells us there is a time to dance and a time to laugh (yes, I know I'm taking the scripture way out of context).

One of my regrets is that I didn't do a Mother/Son dance at our son's wedding. I didn't feel attractive and I hate to make a fool of myself and we would have been the center of attention - all stupid reasons . . .and now I have regret. I can't go back and have a do-over. I let my own selfishness rob me of a special moment.

I didn't even get out on the floor when they were doing the Wobble . . .or whatever it is called.  Why? Why do we not do things when given the opportunity?

In the next two pictures, you can see the joy on my face -- I was dragged onto the dance floor by Jerel. I wasn't thin. We weren't the center of attention . . .well, maybe we were because Jerel draws attention (he is funny!!).

At a wedding this summer (Laura and Will Temple), Mark and I did dance and you can see that I am smiling. I felt good about myself that day. I had on a new dress.  We weren't the center of attention . . .but we did draw attention :-)

Why do I let my own insecurities stop me from doing things that I later regret? Why don't I make a pledge to laugh more and dance more often? Do you allow your own insecurities to cause you to have regrets?


  1. I enjoyed your post, Lisa, and I love how everyone takes the FMF prompt in different directions! It's amazing to see the variety of posts that come from a single word! I agree, it's too easy to let insecurity hold us back from doing certain things but we often regret it later. I'm glad you joined in and danced the other times- it does look like it brings you joy! Visiting from FMF #20.

  2. Loved this! So often we don't seize the opportunity because of plain ol fear! I love dancing and I think I pretty good but I too shrink back at times when I feel inadequate especially in comparison to others. Let's keep taking dancey leaps of faith together!

  3. Hello, Lisa! Visiting you from the FMF link-up. :)

    There are so many things in my life that I haven't done because I've allowed fear to hold me back. I'm too the point where it's beginning to make me angry. So this morning I pushed "play" on a hip-hop exercise program I've been wanting to try. I'm sure I looked ridiculous, but it was fun!

    Thanks for sharing this piece of your story with us.

  4. You look so happy - and beautiful! Joy does that for us!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts...and your photos!

  5. I used to feel the same way. Last year I chose a word of the year to guide me, actually, maybe it chose me. The word for 2017 was FEARLESS. I did many things I never thought I'd do like buying a domain name and getting serious about my blog and writing. This year my word is CONFIDENCE. Keep pushing yourself and you will have fewer regrets.
    I agree with the others that you look happy, and the smile lights up your face and makes the beauty shone through.
    I thought I was the only one who took the prompts in unexpected directions!
    Thanks for sharing!
    FMF #65 this week.

  6. Thanks so much for all of your comments! I've tried to comment on your blogs - some successfully and some not so successfully.