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It’s a Choice – Friday Fictioneers

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©Ted Strutz

Genre:  Fiction

Word Count:  100

It’s a Choice

You drive me crazy, you know that?

Why, what did I do now?

“Miss Positive”.  Heaven forbid you get mad and rant…

Of course I get mad!  I refuse to stay there.  We all have the same choice.  Focus on the negative or focus on the positive and beauty in the world.  The choice is always ours.

You’re so bloody naïve; people will take advantage of you!

Maybe. Better naïve than cynical, I say.  Besides, isn’t that negative weight getting heavy?

Pffft.  Let’s just hide the shitty reality with flowers while we’re at it.

Not hide, choose what you see.

75 thoughts on “It’s a Choice – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Dale,

    A lot has been written about happiness sometimes being a choice. You show us all how it’s done. Great use of the prompt and a great message that we should all internalize. You go girl!



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  2. Love that positive vibe! We do create the world we see, don’t we? it’s all a matter of perspective. The dialog is very effective. And I like the use of Pffftt! (Your French is impeccable !)

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  3. Yes, we were kind of on the same wavelength this week, weren’t we. Positive messages and all that. Wonderful that a toilet can inspire such thoughts! 😉
    Stay happy. See you next time!

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  4. We make our mind every morning, don’t we? My mother always loved that song, “Keep on the Sunny Side.” I always felt I inherited my positive and optimistic traits from her. Maybe that’s why I enjoy writing humor.

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  5. Hi, Dale! What a cool story. Where there’s water and fertilizer, there will be growth.
    No worries, I was a miserable teenage boy myself. I’m still wondering if I am! 😀

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  6. I’m too much of a grump to see everything positive but I try. This is such a lovely story, and “better naive than cynical” is a great motto.


  7. Oh, this is lovely! I love the story structure and how you give us access so quickly to two different points of view through dialogue. That last line is incredible. ‘Not hide, choose what you see.’ Very powerful. I totally relate, on many levels. I have been told I am naive before! And I spend a lot of time stopping for beauty and looking for joy. 🙂

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  8. Ah the half full, half empty conflict. I like the focus on the positive side. Though to be facetious that is a soup pot going by HL Mencken’s quote ‘An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup’.

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  9. Hee, hee. There’s this expression in the UK (probably elsewhere too) — “either shit or get off the pot”. I’m guessing that even flowers benefit from a bit of fertilising shit to help them blossom!
    I like the way you’ve used this photo prompt to demonstrate a bit of basic psychology 🙂

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