Friday, again. But not just any Friday. Oh no.

This is a special Friday. The Friday that move mothers around the world get excited about. **wink**

Today is the last Friday of “summer” for us.

Yeah! Oh yeah!

Five Minute Friday: Hug Anyone? by Dana Pittman

Photo Credit Berkeley Robinson.

As a homeschooling household, summers are fun but way too much activity. The kids had camps. We traveled. Many of my speaking engagements are held during the summer and fall, which adds more activity.

Activity. Activity. Activity.

Which means very little sleep. (smile)

Enough of that because now with the new school year our activity will shift from fun fun to fun and learning. But our first challenge is getting the kids back into our “normal” routine.

Pray for us and all the children and families preparing for the new school year. Pray for the educators charged with igniting their love of learning. Pray for the youth ministry leaders that they are driven to share God’s love and gospel with our children (who are His children too). Amen.

Well, I’ve ramble beyond my normal Five Minute Friday set up. I wanted to share it. But I’m also a little nervous about what today’s topic stirs up for me. I guess we’ll see what I can do with 5 minutes.

Today’s topic: Join.

Timer set.


Have you ever opened your arms to give a great big super-size you are going to absolutely love this kind of hug?

Yes I did put that in one sentence minus the appropriate punctuation but I think you can see why…where would the fun in life be when you can’t throw caution to the wind and jump?

Oh no, I did it again. (smile)

Back to the hug. Have you ever done that and had your display of affection declined? Pushed to the side? Not returned?

I believe it is a small reflection of what it means to start a new ministry or business. To start your own blog.

You are opening your arms wide and saying “I want to share a piece of me”. But when you look around and hear crickets you feel the sting of rejection.

The “I don’t want your hug” brush off and no matter how we look on the brightside like…at least I’m following my dream…

It stings. It hurts.

Asking others to join us is a wonderful opportunity to live life in community. To grow and learn.

But it also invites rejection, criticism, and doubt.


This five minute challenge is difficult. But I’ll stop and ask you this….

Question: Have you experience rejection concerning a new venture? If so, how did you handle it? Do you have advice to share? Please add your comments below.


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5 Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday with Dana Pittman


  1. Anne McD 9 years ago

    Oh, I know that feeling well- you’ve painted it so vividly! Rejection is tough lot to handle, and with a blog, it can be so difficult. Comments are our lifeblood, and when no one answers our conversation, its like we’re talking to the empty air. I hope all goes well with your blog and your new ministry!

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Thank you. I believe the blogging part I’m okay with…but the next step…I’m learning to be comfortable with discomfort. 🙂

  2. Monica 9 years ago

    I’ve never taken rejection well, but I’m learning not to take it personally. It’s not personal, it’s blogging.

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      I understand. But it doesn’t make the pin any easier to swallow. 🙂

  3. Julie 9 years ago

    It’s interesting that you write that here today. I joined in the Five Minute Friday for the first time today… and nobody has clicked through to my post in the 3 hours or so that it’s been up so far. Talk about rejection from a community that speaks the opposite of just that.

    I’m trying not to take it personally… but it still feels weird. With a prompt called “join” and yet it’s like no one wants anyone “new” to participate and visit — especially if they are unfamiliar with them.

    Also – I do have to say, in response to the beginning part of your post about hugs, I have some amazing memories of hugs from blogging friends. They didn’t know how much I needed the hug at the time, and it was amazing to have their support that way.

    • Dawn Whitmore 9 years ago

      Julie, I can’t find your Five Minute Friday post.

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Julie, my dear sister, I hopped over to your blog and see a lot of blogging love. Also, I’ve learned with Five Minute Friday it’s easy to get lost in the numbers. Don’t let that discourage you. But to add a little Cool Whip on top (who doesn’t like a little whip topping)…I’m heading over too with a Tweet not too far behind.

      Hugs to you! :o)

      • Lisa-Jo Baker 9 years ago

        Dana – you are lovely. And I second that sometimes it takes time and a little extra engagement to connect within any community. Thank you for being part of this one.


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          Dana Pittman 9 years ago

          Thank you! My chocolate cheeks are blushing. LOL! No really, I understand and I also know there are many women that link up AND support each other. I pray I’m both. Some days I’m better than others. But FMF is a great companion to my coffee. :o)

  4. Dawn Whitmore 9 years ago

    Where do I go to see other ladies 5 Minute Friday posts? It isn’t like the Sister to Sister Saturday where I can click on their posts.

  5. Dawn Whitmore 9 years ago

    Never mind…I found them 🙂

    • Dawn Whitmore 9 years ago

      Oops that was not them. I am back to square one. I think I need coffee.

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        Dana Pittman 9 years ago

        ROFL!!! If you click on the Topic for day. I always try to link to the specific post. I’ll also head back and bold it to make it easier to see.

        Let me know if you don’t see it.

  6. Mary Bonner 9 years ago

    Oh, Dana…I hopped over here a almost 45 minutes ago, read your post and started to leave a comment. Then I saw Julie’s comment, decided she needed some encouragement, but I couldn’t find her blog by clicking her name….blah, blah, blah…I got side-tracked.

    I LOVE this post. This line: “I want to share a piece of me” I think that is true of me and for some reason, I thought sharing via the blogosphere would be easier…and maybe it is!


    • Author
      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Mary, I understand. I believe blogging is easier but in all things…balance. Another topic to tackle on another day. :o)

  7. Alia Boston Hagenbach 9 years ago

    Dana, so glad you joined in here and yes girl, I know that feeling of crickets and ummm lonliness. I have put blog posts up and spilled my heart to be met with… well nothing. But I realize that God has been pulling from me those seeds of insecurity and doubt and rejection and replacing them with His peace and in His time, my community has formed and blessed me beyond belief. But yes, we all go through that. When I was feeling most rejected, I sought out blogs with little or no comments/followers and made it a point to encourage them. It made all the difference in my heart. And Dana, I’d accept a hug from you any day!

    • Author
      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Alia, you and I are alike. Since becoming a blogger I have made it a point to comment and respond to bloggers I enjoy. I subscribe and try my best to visit often. And my sister, I’m sending another hug your way to kick off your week. LOL! Take care.

  8. Rozanne Paxman 9 years ago

    I know what you mean… it is so encouraging when people drop by and say Hi in your blog. It’s funny how such a small thing makes such a big difference. I need to be better about commenting. There are a lot of blogs that I read that I’ve never been bold enough to join the conversation. I appreciate your essay a lot!

    • Author
      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Rozanne, it does mean a lot. It’s like asking the person at the checkout “How is your day going?” Have you ever noticed how they pause, give a small smile, and respond with a twinkle in their eyes? Not all respond the same but once one person does…you make it a point to stop and ask. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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