You see a stranger with spinach in their teeth. Do you say something? Are you willing to take on the awkwardness to let them know? I may be considered odd because I will approach a complete stranger to tell them about something visibly embarrassing- I would want to know!
Please say something, whether it’s spinach in someone’s teeth, a poor choice, or a situation full of denial.
I recently read a story about a group of girls out for dinner who saw a man drugging his date’s drink at another table. The story told of the agonizing awkwardness of following the woman into the bathroom to let her know.
At the risk of my ire, an acquaintance warned me about someone I was preparing to go into business with. (I was thankful, rather than angry about my friend’s concern).
Years ago, someone told me they saw right through the veneer of “yes, I’m fine,” when I was in an abusive relationship. This was not an easy conversation for either of us.
It may be awkward, you may risk an undesirable (and often undeserved) response. If you say something, with the intention of assistance, then you are at the very least helping someone to think a situation through, and at the most helping to save them.
Even at the risk of an angry response, even at the risk of disbelief: Please say something, whether it’s spinach in someone’s teeth, a poor choice, or a situation full of denial.
Be safe. Be Strong. Be EMPOWERED!