Asking for What You Want Is Scary But It Stops Complaining
“A measure of any society is how it treats its’ women and its’ girls,” Michelle Obama. . . . Women/girls being treated poorly, bothers me. . . . . “This is disgraceful and intolerable. It doesn’t matter what party we belong to. This isn’t about politics. It is about right and wrong.”
The conversation took on a life of its own. So I took the conversation to the private arena of Facebook Messenger with one person. That person told me (among other things) that I should hush as my views were contentious, disingenuous, a disappointment and flat-out wrong.
I felt dismissed and bullied and let my feelings get hurt. Because of past situations I let my reaction be bigger than was called for. Instead of talking to the person, I complained to my sister.
I had good reasons (I thought) to not talk to the responsible party.
- I was afraid of her response back to me.
- I don’t like confrontation.
- I am not good with words.
But this morning I did. I thought and thought and then wrote how I felt and why. I wrote to her because we have good history (I thought) and because I would no longer be dismissed and silenced by others.
I asked for what I wanted.
I’d like to think we could agree to disagree concerning how we express our views. I respectfully give you space to do as you feel led and I’d like the same respect back.
And if we can’t, then we part ways.
Complaining made me feel … yucky … a victim … hopeless. . . . And there was no resolution.
Because I choose to take positive action, I feel . . .
- Yucky. I still feel this way because I have high regard for this person and this may truly be the end of the relationship. And I am still wounded by her words.
- Empowered. It felt good and strong to express how I felt as a result of her words and attitude.
- Proud. Like I said, I don’t like confrontation. But saying something is the only way through to us having an equal, respectful and honest relationship. And I am proud I showed enough respect for myself to say anything.
And while the situation is not resolved regarding our relationship, it is resolved in that I took the steps I needed to take.
F.Y.I – My sister is good about listening and then pointing me to taking a positive step to rectify the situation.
Today is Day 17 of my No Complaining Challenge. . . . I’ve discovered that a reason I complain is because I am too fearful to politely speak up and ask for a positive resolution. Today I took action and asked.
Your Turn . . . Does fear of confrontation lead you to complain instead of positively addressing the situation?
Related Resources . . .
- Goal: Complaint Free for a Whole Month
- You Just Might be a Potty Mouth
- 31 Days of Finishing (2014 #Write31Days series)
- Finding Laughter (2015 #Write31Days series)
Today is Day 19 of the #Write31Days online October writing challenge. My topic is 31 Days of Fruitful Words INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING. I know I will be challenged in more ways than writing every day. If you’d like to have more fruitful words coming from your mouth, please join me from October 1-31, 2016.
Go here for the landing page which has all the posts from this series.
Go here to see what #Write31Days is all about, the categories and the bloggers who are participating.