Saturday, February 25, 2012

Get to the Point

Guest post of the week by Deangelo Spencer

I am a straight-shooter. I like answers as fast and directly as possible. After moving to Texas, I went online to to find answers about what sorts of providers we might have for our power. I find that the older, the less I like to beat around the bush. I don’t want people to sugar-coat things for me anymore for fear that my feelings will be hurt. I also don’t want to sugar-coat things for other people. I am at a level of comfort with who I am and what I stand for, and if people don’t like that, then they don’t have to be my friend. Growing up, I always admired my younger sister because she has always had the confidence to speak her mind. I remember as a child shuddering at the truths she would tell other people. I would have never had the courage to say such things. I would have been too afraid of making the other person mad or upset, so I bit my tongue to avoid confrontation. What I learned is that if you refuse to stand up for yourself or the things you believe in, others will see this as a sign of weakness and prey on that. In my late thirties, I have found the confidence to speak my mind, and I think my sister has been a huge influence in this change.



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