Fable, Fantasy, Flash Fiction, Life Stuff, Microfiction, Wisdom

Not Afraid…”Cautious”

Micro-Story: The unicorn mare rushed to its mother. “I don't think it's a good idea,” she said. “But I don't always want to be afraid.” | Its mom replied, “You're not afraid this time,” she said. “You're cautious — there's a difference.”

People are quick to label something as “fear” — but people also confuse caution and fear — which can be two very different things.

 

Words can be very subtle — and often the subtleties cause issues when put together with our hasty ideas.

For example, You may doubt something (or someone) because you have facts that add up to something not working out. You may be cautious because of similar situations that don’t pan out. There are any number of actual reasons for caution — which makes it not a fear-based reaction but a rational train of thought that simply doesn’t lead to a good end.

So yes, fear can be dangerous if it paralyzes us for no reason — but when there’s a reason, it may be more a healthy dose of caution than anything else.

 

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Flash Fiction, Life Stuff, Microfiction

“What She Will Do with an English Degree” (aka “She Showed Them!”)*

Something that drives every English major crazy while going through school is the question “What are you going to do with an English degree?”

At one point, while working through college, I overheard a former supervisor saying, “She’s getting an English degree. You can’t do anything with that!”

And I was happy for the irony when, after graduating, I turned in my notice and mentioned I was going to work at a publishing office. When that very supervisor asked how I got the job, I responded, “I just got my English degree.”

While print publishers are not doing as well as they used to, there are still plenty of opportunities for English majors.

While everyone has heard of editors, proofreaders and the like, seemingly no one makes the connection between those jobs and people with English degrees.

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There’s a good reason for English majors to hate the idea that there is nothing they can do with their degree — and not just out of defensiveness.

If someone’s a biology and chemistry major, do they actually have the title of “biologist” or “chemist”? Sometimes, but other times, people simply make the connection between a biologist and someone getting into the medical field, or between a chemist and someone involved in pharmaceutical work or product development of some kind.

And while everyone has heard of editors, proofreaders and the like, seemingly no one makes the connection between those jobs and people with English degrees. Most of the general public just automatically goes with the stereotype that there is nothing you can do with this degree.

More on this topic:

This topic is for both English major and naysayers alike — please share!


 

Micro-story: Sitting in her usual place at the back of the restaurant on her break, she heard the voices of the supervisors in their little office. One of them said, "He's going to be an English major — you can't do anything with that." | And about a month later, she was in that very office, turning in her notice to that supervisor, who asked what she was going to be doing when she left. When she replied that she was going to be an editor, he asked, Oh, how'd you get that?" | And she replied, matter-of-fact, "I have an English degree."


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*Blog entry republished from my old blog, Artistically Writing.

**While most of the micro-stories here are not generally based on true stories, this one is. 🙂