Stand Up

what do you get 
when you stand up 
for yourself? 

or regrets?

what do you get 

when you sit up 
and speak your mind? 

or regrets?

what do you get 

when you shout out 
and say your truth? 

or regrets?  


I get a little of this 
and sometimes 
a whole lot of nothing 


when I stand up 

sit up 
shout out 
I get it-do you? 

shut up 
and stay 
the same 
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. 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.

  2. Loved the presentation and the word play here.. the words and sentiment carry weight, but what worked for me is how you set it up.

  3. “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!

    1. Thanks, Shannon. I believe silence is important at times, but I fear that too many people stay silent out of fear. Justice cannot happen unless the truth is told.

  4. 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.

    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.

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