Thursday, October 23, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Dare

I'm very excited again this week to join a talented group of women bloggers in an online, unedited flash mob free write. This week, the word-prompt given to us by our fearless leader Kate Motaung (whose wonderful blog can be found at is "long". My timer is set for 5 minutes; ready, set,

The only dare I can remember ever responding to came from a college friend a weekend that found four of us traveling to her parents' cabin on Kentucky Lake. The dare? To go skinny-dipping off the dock one night under a full moon. I still remember how wonderful the cool lake water felt on my skin and how daring I felt. Me, a nice young Lutheran girl, swimming in the lake in nothing but my birthday suit. How outrageous!

Oh, how I long to dare to do something outrageous now. I am, hopefully, still nice. Definitely, still a Lutheran. My days as a girl more than a few years behind me.

But still. I long to do something outrageous.

To walk away from a situation in which I feel disrespected.

To sell or donate even more of the things I own.

To downsize to an even-cozier home.

To totally change my lifestyle.

The practical little creature sitting on my left shoulder whispers to me. "You need to be responsible. You need to be prepared for retirement, and time is running out. You must have health insurance. And besides, what will people think? Your kids will have you committed!"

But oh how enticing is that adorable imp on perched on my right shoulder, how tempting her words, "Do it. Strip off everything that stifles you. Dive in."


  1. We are neighbors today over at Kate's for Five Minute Friday and I am so glad I stopped by! I say Go For It! I think God loves it when we take a risk and dare to trust Him... when we are willing to jump when He says jump! ;)

  2. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all strip away those things that are holding us back from living, really living the kind of life we are meant to have. We should just dare ourselves. I am your FMF neighbor. I hope your weekend is awesome.

  3. Such a fun story to read this morning! It is so hard to step out of our comfort zone. And a lot of times the responsible side of us is keeping us there. Great post:) Visiting from FMF

  4. It is so easy to stay in my comfort zone, but this is a good reminder to dare to do something new, exciting, and a bit scary! Thanks for the encouragement! Stopping by from FMF.

  5. Your story made me smile and I couldn't help but make the connection that when we strip everything away, we are at our most daring points. I hope you'll respond as God nudges you to dare more!
    Thanks for writing today,

  6. Adore your writing! Love the idea of two little ones sitting on your shoulder (and why NOT follow the imp?)

  7. Thank you for the encouragement and, of course, for stopping by, Karrilee!

  8. I'm so glad you stopped by, Paula Kaye. I'm working on stripping off those things -- it can be painful and scary, but ultimately, I believe, wonderful things will happen.

  9. So true about the "responsible side of us", Liz. Wouldn't it be fun to go back for just one day -- or just an afternoon -- and be carefree kids again, leaping in a pile of leaves in wild abandonment. No fears, just leaps!

  10. I'm glad you dropped in, Bethany!

  11. Thank you for your kind words about my writing, Helen! Follow the imp . . . . I'm getting there. I'll keep you posted here. :)