Weakness? What Weakness?–Week 13 of the MFRW Blog Challenge — 8 Comments

  1. I’m far from perfect. Sadly it’s something I’ve had to accept a long time ago. Saying no can be hard, but it is necessary at times, especially if people are trying to take advantage of your niceness. Again I think of Spongebob, (I clearly watch that show too much with my kids) He ordered an ‘abrasive’ side in an episode because he couldn’t say no to people. It was quite funny. You have to remember if you don’t take care of you first, you won’t be much good to those that need you. 🙂

  2. I love that abrasive side of the sponge analogy! I’m going to remember that. Thanks for taking time to comment, Meka.

  3. I’m a people-pleaser, too, and far from perfect. I think that comes partly from caring about people, which is good. It’s hard to say ‘no’ to someone you care about. I think I’ll place a Sponge-Bob abrasive side- order, too…

  4. I love this, Alina. Your are mirroring a lot of my frustrations trying to make my way through the world as a woman. I’ve grown beyond much of as I age, but it remains a an ever-present tug, something that has to be handled, something that never really goes away. Great post.

    • Thanks, Shari! You’ve described that well, an “ever-present” tug. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  5. I liked what you said about the traditional arbiters having “handed over their rulers, switches, and scarlet letters to cultural elites and the world-wide media.” If you stayed in your kitchen baking cookies (What kind, by the way? I’m hungry) your exposure to the new arbiters would be minimized. But being a writer means making a very public statement about yourself. You’re trying to please an even larger circle of people, but also exposing yourself to more potential criticism. And nobody likes to be criticized.

  6. Hi, Ed! No cookies today. I gave them up for Lent, and actually, my husband has been making a lot of the meals lately. (Love that guy!) You’re right about authors exposing themselves to criticism. I keep reminding myself that everyone has different likes and dislikes. When I’m feeling down over a review, I go and look at Stephen King’s reviews. Even the big boys and girls get criticized!