Mar 292013

Five Minute Friday#FiveMinuteFriday

Broken….Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. “

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

Today’s prompt: BROKEN


Broken Reflection

It’s hard not to write about this prompt in terms of Good Friday. That’s obvious to me. We’re broken, yet can be made acceptable (perfect?) through the Resurrection.

But I won’t go there.

It’s a trap to think of people as broken. When I was criticizing one of his teammates, my teenager recently told me, “Mom, the problem with you is that you want to fix people. You can’t. You need to just relax and accept people as they are and deal with their faults.”

Ah, out of the mouths of babes mouthy teenagers—the wisdom of a child.

Repair tools

Should we?

When we look at each other as fellow broken-people, we are constantly judging, comparing, and evaluating. But that’s not our role. Life is not a workbench where repair orders are triaged. Our role is to lift each other up, to meet other people where they are, and to try to help them move forward.

We’re not the fixers.

We’re all on journeys, personal yet intersecting. However, our journeys aren’t linear. We have no way of knowing how far another has progressed. As fellow journeyers, we need to be giving encouragement, snacks and water (good advice and wisdom), and helping others up if they fall. Oh yeah, and make sure they don’t miss the scenic overlooks.


© Laura Hedgecock 2013

  8 Responses to “Five Minute Friday: Broken”

  1. Hi Laura,

    Sometimes, I think the lines get blurred between fixing and helping. We see people who need to be lifted up and encouraged, but we want to step in and take charge of reality. I have made those same mistakes. If we don’t accept people as they are, we create problems within ourselves. Very insightful post.

    • Thanks Shelly. I liked yours too (Didn’t see the comment area.) I like the analysis of the different levels of broken. If you over-thought, it was good over-thinking. 🙂

  2. Such a poignant reminder of the One who really is the fixer – the life-changer, the soul-saver.

  3. How true! We can only fix ourselves, no matter how tempting it can be to try to “fix” others. There is a need to offer support and kindness to others on their journeys, but “fixing” isn’t helpful. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Such an eye-opening view. The only way we can truly help is to lift them up in prayer, or to pray with them if they desire. I did get a chuckle, though, because in reminding you of your tendency, it could be interpreted as him trying to fix you 😉

    Thanks for coming by. I love all the different people I meet through FMF.

    • You’re right! He was trying to fix me. Worse still, he was right about me. Thanks for visiting my FMF. Love connecting and reading other perspectives.

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