Hello Readers, I am joining in this week’s Friday Fictioneers. Check out the photo prompt (below) with this iron patio set sitting under a tree. My fiction piece was inspired by a quote from Forest Wood last Friday and then from a “little incident” that happened this Friday. Very minor incident, but involved speaking up (told someone they were rude to me – just had to). So since that time we have been chewing on this topic – like “when” to speak up, “how” to do it in love and if and when it is okay – and when “I” statements do or do not work. Hm…..
Anyhow, while chewing on this “speaking up” topic – the Friday Fiction photo prompt whispered…
An empty table with a touch of a desolate vibe (to me at least).
And so I drafted 100 words:
Patio Set and Slice of Land (fiction word count: 100)
All I have left.
Slice of land and patio set.
Do I regret speaking up?
Sometimes I rethink it.
But it was right!
Even though it looked like on-the-spot reactiveness, it was calculated. God-led.
When I rethink it, I remember the Proverb about time: a time for silence and a time to speak.
I heard passive people get promoted while confronters get cast out.
Confronters are sometimes called troublemakers, accused of attacking, or shot down as problematic.
I spoke up and had loss and mess.
But doing the right thing leads to more – not less.
Here is the quote from Forest Wood (her blog is here):
I am not sure about you, but yes, I DO know there is a time to speak up and a time to shut up – trust me, I have learned this over the years. And the Gates’ quote Forest shared has many takeaways – and one that I took was how we benefit from FEEDBACK. Gates noted that unhappy customers offer the greatest helpful refining info – or can – when we harvest it. And so leaders – and followers – all benefit from beign OPEN TO feedback and it is in your best interest to be around people that “speak up” even if it is not with what you want to hear. Make that ESPECIALLY if it is not what you want to hear.
I would rather err on the side of waiting it out – (maybe – because the mess with speaking up can hurt and even if frustrated while being in passive mode or waiting it out – it is usually safer) –
But sometimes “you gotta do what you gotta do” – and this might involve telling someone directly that they were rude. And then leave it at that. Deal with consequences for doing the right thing.
Sometimes mess is needed because it stirs up the ground to allow health and learning. Ask any gardener and then tell you all about tilling and adding manure to the soil for the health benefits.
We never really grow when everyone around us stays passive.
And I know there are always finer details to consider, and in my flash fiction I tried to point out that “doing the right thing leads to more – not less – even if it causes setback and mess.”
So let’s not be passive pussies.
To read more, or to join in with writing short fictions inspired by this photo – go HERE