Friday, May 3, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Brave

It's another Five Minute Friday and I am participating again. It's just like in high school when your English teacher said, write for five minutes on whatever comes to mind. This week's prompt is: BRAVE.

Brave.  Brave?  Last week was easier!!  Writing about friends comes naturally.  But writing about "brave?" Not so much!  Then I listen to Pandora and John Mayer is singing, "Say what you need to say!" over and over again.  OK.  I guess what's been on my mind lately is about the twists and turns that life throws at us.

I've never felt particularly brave.  I'm pretty much a laissez-faire homebody.  I usually take what life hands me and roll with the punches.  There have been a few times when I could maybe considered myself to have acted in a brave way.

I once had a job that was eating me up inside and making me miserable.  I quit it.  On a whim. Without talking to my husband or making plans for the future.  We were living paycheck to paycheck and I quit my job in the middle of a bad economy. At the time I thought I was pretty stupid.  Maybe a lot of people did.  But I think it was also brave.  It wasn't a good place for me physically, emotionally or spiritually.

As it turns out, I found a new job about three weeks later.  A job that I LOVE. With people who are kind, respectful, mature and fun to be around! A job that makes me want to come to work! A job where I can learn and grow and feel like I am making a difference.

So was quitting the other job brave?  Maybe. Maybe not.  But I'm glad I did it.  It was scary, but it helped me to grow.  Making the change allowed me to more of the person I want to be.  In hindsight, it was a great decision, even if I was terrified at the time.  I think I'm gonna go with "brave" on this one!

You can check out other answers over at the link-up.


  1. {Melinda} Awesome ... I don't think we know how brave we are until we confront situations that require courage. Then, it seems like God gives me just what I need to step out into the scary unknown. Good for you ... proud of you, Rabia!

  2. Sometimes you've gotta do what you've gotta do. That really was brave. Love that it paid off with you finding a job you adore!!! It really pays to be brave!! --The Dose Girls

  3. It was very brave. So glad that you found a new and better place for you. :)

  4. Definitely brave. Anytime you do something you're scared of that is wise you're being brave. Protecting and respecting yourself, which is what you were doing, is incredibly brave. How wonderful that you valued yourself enough to take the leap. I'm so glad you were rewarded for it with the right job.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Stopping by from SITS.

  5. I like how you asked if that decision was brave or not. That is brave all by iteself! I did that shortly after the Hubs and I were married. I thought I was going to get fired from my job and it was on the one year anniversary of my father's death. I was like, "Ain't happening." Not sure if that was brave or protective or stupid but yeah, I did it. I like your post and am thankful you wrote it! Blessings!

  6. I quit a job on a whim once. No warning. I just walked out on my lunch break. It was before a house and kids, but it still felt totally rebellious.

  7. Good for you that you took care of yourself - and I'm not surprised that things worked out and that you found another job so quickly - and one that you love. I believe that when we look out for ourselves like that, that the world looks out for us as well. It's almost like a law of physics or something. And yes, I count that as brave.

  8. I love that you are doing this linkup. :-) And yes, I think quitting the job was brave.


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