Stand Up

what do you get 
when you stand up 
for yourself? 
results,
reactions 

or regrets?

what do you get 

when you sit up 
and speak your mind? 
relief, 
resolution 

or regrets?

what do you get 

when you shout out 
and say your truth? 
reassurance, 
retreat 

or regrets?  

me? 


I get a little of this 
and sometimes 
a whole lot of nothing 
but 
never 
many 

regrets

when I stand up 

sit up 
or 
shout out 
I get it-do you? 

stand, 
sit,
shout 
or 
shut up 
and stay 
the same 
as  
you’ve always been

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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    1. Kenya, I do think sometimes silence is effective, and definitely when someone speaks without thinking, silence is better. But to sit back and be silent in the face of wrongdoing makes me feel guilty.

  1. We are all on a similar thread – the idea of speaking up for yourself (or others). Is it better to let it go, or to let your feelings be heard? Which shows more depth, which makes you a bigger person? In my older age I am speaking up when others upset me, and certainly if my family or home feels attacked. Hopefully I’ll soon find the balance.

    1. Keesha, I agree that with age I am able to speak up more-not sure if it is the life experience giving me the confidence, or the knowledge that I will regret not speaking up in light of injustice.

  2. “Stay the same as you’ve always been.” This is a really great thought. There is definitely wisdom in knowing when to speak and when to keep silent but harnessing the boldness to speak when prompted by God catapults as forward in our relationship with Him. Thanks for this!

  3. Ooo, Mama W.
    after Kay’s murder…I STAND UP. I will never sit down. I shall NEVER be silent. Of course, I’m talking about domestic violence, verbal, emotional…

    I wish I would have STOOD UP before.

    As always… Great Substance & Depth. Xx

    1. Excellent. Your words speak so clearly of your love for your sister and your passion for justice. I believe we must use our voices to speak out, or we are merely silent supporters.

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