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When you go to the party alone

It’s time for “Five Minute Friday” over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt: 

                                                    “Alone”.

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Counting flowers on the wall

 

I attended the Five minute Friday Twitter party last night.

 

“Ok I’m here for the party.  Over in the corner near the punch #fmf”

 

Silence.

 

I followed the tweets of others at the party, chiming in.

 

Nothing.

 

My friend homeskoolmomcr showed up wondering if anyone saw her tweets.

I was all over it.

 

She began interacting with everyone else about hummus and blue toenails.

I inserted myself into the voting convo and voted for my 3 FMF word prompts for 31 days of writing in October.

Tweeted at Kate Motaung that I voted.

 

Crickets.

 

Tweeted at Holly Barret, “this isn’t about hummus, but I loved that bacon post today”.

 

No response.

 

Homeskoolmomcr told me she figured out her problem.  She had turned her tweets to private.  Only those who followed her were seeing them.  I saw them because I was following her.

So 45 minutes in and 15 tweets later, I turned off my privacy.

 

The party was over by then.

 

Moral of the story:  if you want to be part of the party, ya gotta turn your privacy settings off.

 

Lower the hedges

chop down the gates.

Take off the blinders.

Be exposed.

 

Otherwise –

 

You’ll remain alone.

 

STOP.

 

And I can’t close without including this text in Ecclesiastes 4 which was in my Bible reading this morning!

 

“It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.

Share the work, share the wealth.

And if one falls down, the other helps,

But if there’s no one to help, tough!

Two in a bed warm each other.

Alone, you shiver all night.

By yourself you’re unprotected.

With a friend you can face the worst.

Can you round up a third?

A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.”

~Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, MSG

 

I’ll be ready next week, guys.  @ruthiegray123 #fmf #nomoreprivacy

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Christy
    August 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Oh Ruthie! I saw your title and KNEW we had written similar posts, lolol. Next week we’ll be ROCKIN’ that party lady! Twitter can’t keep a good woman down!!!! Thankfully, we could see each other or it would have been REALLY bad.

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 28, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Yes, it would have been really bad! I’m so glad you explained it to me! I feel like we should never be left ALONE at any kind of techno thing together or we would probably blow it up!!!

  • Reply
    Christy
    August 28, 2015 at 10:25 am

    And I’m so stinkin’ confused. You followed us on the new blog today at FMF 🙂 Im’m wondering how I’m gonna keep up with myself, haha

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

      uh oh…idk…

  • Reply
    Christen
    August 28, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I love, love, love the honesty and transparency in this!!

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 28, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Thank you for stopping by, Christen! I thought maybe I shouldn’t write of it, but it was the first and foremost thing on my mind when seeing the word prompt. Honesty is a high price to pay sometimes!

  • Reply
    Tara
    August 28, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Ruthie, I’m sorry you felt alone. Glad you were able to figure out why you couldn’t be part of the party. I learned that the hard way when I started. You will be ready next week!’ 🙂

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Thanks for your encouraging words, Tara! I’m glad someone else has done it, now I don’t feel so dumb. 😉

  • Reply
    Susan Shipe
    August 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I LOVE THIS. Turn the privacy off. Yes’m….YSFOM!!!! xoxoxo

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 28, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Yep. Techno ignoramus over here. Just doing what I do.
      Thanks, Mimi. xo

  • Reply
    Debby
    August 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Been there Ruthie and I’m probably still not doing it just right. I know there’s some way to just see the #fmfparty folks but I only see the ones I’m following…meaning, I didn’t see your either. I think you’re in the majority 😉 Your instructions fit all of life. Good post!

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you, Debby, it’s good to know I’m not really “alone”! 😉 Ah, technology and the perils therof. How did we ever party without it?

  • Reply
    Tammy
    August 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Whoo! Ruthie, I wouldn’t have ignored you but then maybe we wouldn’t have figured it out, eh? I was hosting some ladies at my house. Having a “Stella and Dot” party instead. I’m sorry about the crickets. They do make beautiful music but really, could God have given you a better prompt after that insecure session of disappointment?? Oh man, I believe He has a sense of humor and I’m so glad you are going to “learn, laugh, love” about it. (now that you’ve changed your name-ha!)
    Your sister in the mister (is that irreverent?)
    ~Tammy
    (#63 this week)

    • Reply
      Ruthie
      August 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Stella and Dot sounds way more fun than what I was doing, girlfriend! And YES. The prompt was very fitting. Made for a good laugh, anyhoo. He for SURE has a sense of humor! Heading over to see you now, and I LOVE your sign off, sister in the Mister, you made me laugh! 🙂

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    Jeanne Takenkaa
    August 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Awwww, Ruthie! My heart went out to you! It’s amazing how quickly the lies invade our minds when we think we’re being ignored. 🙁 I’m glad you figure out what the reason was no one responded to your tweets, and I’m sorry for your frustration.

    I loved your application points, though! One of the things the Lord is speaking to me about here at my ladies retreat is lowering my hedges. GREAT suggestions for not being alone at the party!

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      Ruthie
      August 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Jeanne, it’s taken me a lifetime to lower those hedges. Being a people pleaser, it’s hard to let others in on the fact that I’m not (gulp) perfect! lol. I was hoping people could apply it because when I read in Ecclesiastes it just inspired me that this was the direction to go. We ladies have problems admitting we’re less than perfect. I hope you have a wonderful, refreshing retreat and spend time lowering those hedges!

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