Nov 11 2016

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We, the Common People

The Five Minute Friday word is common. With the elections behind us, but the stir of emotions in the midst of us, I am reminded of how much we have in common. It makes my heart sad that we are having such a hard time finding a way to be a united United States. 

We, the Common People


If we, 

the common people, 

have so much in common, 

why are we divided? 

Could we take a pause from social media 

and park for a moment 

and think? 

Think about our common humanity. 

We eat, sleep, work, 

love our families. 

We have so much shared, 

yet we forget ourselves. 

When we feel hurt or afraid. 

When are offended. 

When we feel misunderstood. 

These situations and feelings bring out our uglier sides.

We choose to fight for “me” rather than “us.” 

Could we pause and remember there is an “us,” 

one that fits all of us. 

After the pause. 


How can we find common ground? 

How can we hear each others’ hearts 

and stop missing the real person in each of us?


How are you finding common ground?

What will you do today to celebrate what we have in common? How can you extend grace to people who you see as different?

Share your story.

Are these words encouraging to you? Share.

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What is Five Minute Friday?

It is a 5-minute writing party. Click the icon to read some other great writing.

Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you and encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

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  1. Richelle

    True, beautiful and encouraging words. Thank you for them.

    1. Cheryl

      In the midst of the chaos, I know there is hope. I am praying to that end. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Martha G Brady

    i wrote today about the power of payer attention to the common people cheryl. it’s not quite the same as what you are talking about, but it relates:) once i got writing today, it turned out that 5 minutes wasn’t enough time! oh well! some days are like that aren’t they?

    1. Cheryl

      Yes, I know there are times that five doesn’t seem like it’s enough. I think we were along similar lines. Or, in the least, complimentary lines. Thanks for visiting.

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