Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 170
A Place To Hide
I wandered near the large rock formations looking for a place to hide. I crouched down but could still be seen. How was I to get away? He was hunting for me after beating me once.
Then, his car pulled up and he spotted me. I ran as fast as I could, but he caught me before I could get away. Panting, I crouched before him and covered my head with my arms and curled into a ball. I was alone with John, my husband. I gasped as the first blow struck me. The pain was agony. Before I could catch my breath, the next blow hit my back. Sharp pain assaulted me.
Twenty blows later, I lay semiconscious on the ground. John yelled, “It’s all your fault! Look what you mad me do!” I heard him walk away and his car drove off. Crawling to my car, I reached for the handle, but it was locked by him.
Suddenly, his car pulled up behind me. I heard the door open…
A Word About Domestic Violence…
Domestic Violence is a curse upon this nation. A few statistics from The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) who is the voice of victims are,
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
For further information, or to report Domestic Violence read the full article at this link.
Today’s picture prompt was from Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. FFfAW is a 100-175 word flash fiction challenge. Click the blue froggy to read other entries or enter your own…Susan
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It is early morning, 12:34 am to be exact. I had a difficult time finding a quote that I wanted to use tonight. I have spent the last couple of hours searching data bases for quotes and images and kept coming up “flat” and unexcited about what I was reading. I really wasn’t feeling grateful about much and it showed in my attitude. The more I searched and read the quotes, the less I liked any of them and just wanted to quit for the night. But there are lessons to be learned even when feeling ungrateful. The lesson for me was to not go with my feelings but go with what my inner voice was telling me. A quote from Al-anon that I learned early on, “Fake it ’til you make it.” No. That isn’t the gratitude quote for the night. So, onward and upward…
The quote I chose this evening is:
“Trade you expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.”
~ Tony Robbins
“Who is Tony Robbins?” is the first question that I had. Wikipedia said, “Tony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, life coach and self-help author.” With that out of the way, we can discuss the quote that states, “Trade you expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.” We all have expectations. To say we don’t would be to lie. One of the biggest problems people in general have is with having expectations of others in relationships. But there is also an expectation that we have for ourselves.
I always expected perfection from myself. Seldom did I achieve it but that was my expectation. So, I continually put myself down for not meeting my expectations. There was a lot of negative dialogue in my head. I learned in Al-anon about gratitude and appreciation and “they” told me to “fake it until I made it.” Another way I was told was to “act as if” and this did work. The more I focused on gratitude and appreciation of others, the more my negativity turned to positive thoughts. The changed, I don’t believe was “in an instant” as Tony Robbins says, but it did happen quickly. As I praccticed appreciation for the little things in my life, I began to appreciate or have gratitude for myself. I stopped talking negatively (internal dialogue) and started to appreciate or view myself through the lens of gratitude.
How do you view yourself? What kind of internal dialogue do you have? Sometimes we are able to start with appreciation of ourselves and then move to gratitude or appreciation of other people, situations, etc. It doesn;t matter how we get there as long as we do. Start appreciating the small things in your life. That is how keeping a journal is helpful because writing it down is cathartic.
My gratitude list of 5 things I am grateful for this tonight:
- I appreciate the quote that I found tonight from Tony Robbins.
- I appreciate the perseverence I had despite my negative attitude earlier tonight.
- I appreciate my inner voice that spoke what my inner soul was saying.
- I appreciate Al-anon and their teachings through short slogans.
- I am thankful for my Higher Power (God) for forgiving my attitude tonight.
May we all “Fake it ’til we make it.”