Saturday, October 1, 2011

What If... You Had the Choice to Fight or Walk Away?

Recently, I've been thinking a lot about courage and conviction. Specifically, I've wondered why it is that some people never back down from a fight, while others find every way to avoid a confrontation. And then there are those who believe in picking their battles – resolved to fight only when the cause or outcome really matters to them.

All this thinking has inspired me to ask...

What if someone urged you to fight for your principles, your loved ones, or your very life? Would you face such tyranny with conviction or simply walk away? Or would the battle itself determine your decision?

All authors and characters are free to answer!

30 comments:

Gabby said...

Of course it's always me who starts the fights. Got to let 'em know, all the time, that I'm boss! I always win too - by whatever it takes.I'd be dead otherwise.

My author now - I figure she'd fight to the death for someone else - for herself she'd probably avoid confrontation if she could.

Laura Martone said...

Can't say I'm surprised by your answer, Gabby. You've always seemed pretty spunky to me!

As for your author, I know exactly what you mean. I, too, would fight to the death if it meant protecting my hubby or my kitty, but I'm much more of a coward when it comes to my own battles. At the moment, for instance, I've been struggling with my mother - and the need to stand up to her for a cruel thing she did - but I haven't yet been able to confront her... mainly because we have a track record of confrontations that never end well for me. Just ask my hubby. :-(

Christine Hardy said...

I guess your mom doesn't read the blog then, huh? Cuz she could just come over here and duke it out with you online.

Might be therapeutic.

Ginger said...

I am being tortured by a demon at this...

moment and it hasn't occurred... uhhhhhhh.... to fight back.


I just want the pain to stop.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Ginger, that's terrible. Makes my own current struggle seem awfully insignificant. I hope the pain ends soon.

Incidentally, where's Kaelin?

Kaelin said...

I'm here. I'm busy right now trying to save her life.

Aidan said...

I have to fight stuff all the time. It seems like things are always attacking everyone I love.

When threat happens it's sort of like I go into overdrive. Instinct takes over. Everyone's always telling me not to rush in first, but I'm usually the one who knows how to fight whatever enemy it is best. And leaders lead, right?

Saxen said...

I've been injured lately and so I've not been able to fight as usual. I prefer to fight my own battles. I'm still adjusting to being in a family and married to someone who will fight for me. It makes me very uncomfortable.

Raynor said...

I wasn't fighting for you, Saxen. I would never presume to do that.

I was just offering you a strategic exit. You were the bait, my love. I didn't want to lose you before our first anniversary.

Besides, you know how to shoot guns. That is so sexy.

Ginger said...

He's holding me, at home, in bed.

We're resting. The EMT was rather confused when he got here and found I'd been bitten by a snake in the middle of winter, but he was a very nice guy. Kinda cute, too. We didn't try to explain that it was a demon snake from fifth-dimensional space.

He didn't look like a math person.

Saxen said...

In that case I've a new HP USP to show you, your highness.

Aidan said...

Um, Raynor and Saxen? That's just some weird flirting you've got going on there.

Olivia Harper said...

Aidan, I'm in total agreement.

Raynor said...

Aidan is such a traitor, Olivia. He knows as well as I do that we had to use Saxen as bait to draw the demon snakes away from the house and the baby so that he and Ginger could kill them.


And in Belhanor, females don't fight in battle. Neither do we have firearms. So, yes, Saxen with a gun is totally sexy.

Show me, baby.

Ginger said...

I try not to fight if I can help it.

But sometimes I can't help it. And now I'm really weak so Kaelin and I are going on our second honeymoon, which hopefully will be better than the first one.

Marianne said...

I definitely would stand up for my principles. I believe that if you don't stand for something, then you are nothing.

Peter said...

Yes, you do. And I'm the one usually getting you out of the mess you created by sticking your cute little nose in where it doesn't belong.

Saxen said...

(sigh) Why is it so many males think they must "fix" what females "break"? It is one of their more tiresome qualities.

Marianne said...

Thank you!!!

Peter said...

Because she discovered a muderer who wouldn't have appreciated knowing she'd been found out.

Marianne said...

Wellll...there is that. You were very quick-thinking, Sweetheart. And brave.

Peter said...

So were you. Did I ever tell yoi how sexy you are when you're righteously indignant?

Marianne said...

Am I?

Peter said...

Come here.

Aidan said...

Peter sounds like Raynor. Though chicks are hawt when they kick ass. Especially Marenya.

Hey look! We're back on topic!

Kaelin said...

Sort of...

Laura Martone said...

Yeah, sort of, Kaelin...

As for me, I finally stood up to my mom, and she didn't react well... not that I'm surprised. Sadly, we might not speak for a while, but I still feel more liberated than I have in a while. So, I'm with Marianne - sometimes, you have to stand up for yourself and your principles - no matter the consequences.

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Good for you Laura! That kind of thing takes a lot of guts.

Christine Hardy said...

Oh, Laura. I know that confronting a parent is one of the hardest things to do in your whole life. I hope things will get better in time. But I'm proud of you for having the courage to stand up for yourself!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Betsy and Christine, for your support. Standing up to a parent IS a difficult thing, especially when you care about his or her feelings, too, but sometimes, you have to protect yourself first. After years of struggling with my mom, I just decided that enough was enough. Not an easy decision for someone as sensitive as me, but I can't pretend that everything's okay anymore. And maybe you're right, Christine - maybe things WILL get better in time.

Anyway, I'm sorry that I hijacked the thread a bit... obviously, my mom was on my mind when I created the post.