The very talented Eli, aka Coach Daddy, shares sweet, funny and sometimes serious stories of his own while also shining a generous light on other blogs via guest posts and the 6 Word feature.
Eli was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s assertion that any story can be told in 6 words. So, once a month, Eli selects a theme then asks bloggers to come up with a 6 word sentence to answer the prompt.
This month’s theme: “What’s one thing you never want to hear from a friend, in 6 words?”
My first thought was something like “Remembered the wine; forgot the corkscrew.”
The scenario I imagined was meeting a friend for a picnic to which she brings a great bottle of vino. But the bottle just ends up taunting us from the picnic basket because my friend forgot to bring a corkscrew (or have the good sense to bring a screw top bottle of wine).
Nah… something wine-themed was just a little too easy, too predictable.
Six words is a challenge so I decided to think outside of my wine bottle.
What else could a friend say or do that would make me unhappy, uncomfortable, unfriendly?
Then it came to me.
Six words that I never want to hear from a friend:
Forward this right away, or else.
I am not a fan of chain letters.
Or emails that implore me to pass the message along to a dozen of my nearest and dearest. Or Facebook memes which demand that I share.
I don’t like the implied guilt.
“Don’t break the chain or everyone else will suffer the consequences of your failure.”
“Share this if you love your daughter. If you don’t share, we will all just assume that you don’t love her.”
“Forward this right away, or else.”
Listen folks, I am an Irish Catholic mother – the trifecta of champion self-guilters. I am perfectly capable of piling enough guilt on my own shoulders. I don’t need help in the form of passive-aggressive shade from “friends”.
In truth, the biggest reason I don’t like this kind of call to action is that it requires me to impose upon others. It’s like I’m part of a pyramid scheme and those I invite will only be successful if they can rope in friends of their own.
That’s not a way to treat your friends, right?
It’s why I try to avoid in-home demonstrations by earnest students selling Cutco.
From experience I know that, once they’ve cut a penny in half and sliced a tomato with the same knife used to saw through a rope, they will bat their eyes and ask me – pretty please – to open up my address book for their future bookings.
It’s why I never liked to host Tupperware parties back in the day.
Immediately after showcasing the newest model of “burping” bowls, the representatives would launch right into strong-arming my guests into hosting their own parties at which their guests would be hounded until they agree to host more parties, and on and on.
Stop the madness!
So there you have it.
I’ve decided to embrace my aversion to forced forwards. Never again will I “accidentally” delete a chain letter email or be shamed into sharing a post that pretends to speak for me.
Friends, I love you and I support your choice to forward and share but I’m going to be honest and just say no. I promise it is nothing personal.
It is absolutely me, not you.
OK, now that I’ve bared my soul, do you want to play along? What 6 word sentence would you never want to hear from a friend?
And join me over at Eli’s Coach Daddy site to see all of the entries in this month’s challenge.Thanks for stopping by,
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