Welcome to Frankly Francine where the priority will be candid conversation about ideas and solutions for today’s hottest topics.
My name is Debra (voiceoverdeb.com) and I created this space out of love and a strong desire for my Mom, Francine, to have a platform for her opinions and, in my opinion, her sage wisdom.
Mother/Daughter relationships are interesting. I have been on the receiving end of her advice and guidance for just over six decades. Admittedly this advice has not always been welcome, but the value of her words have never failed me. It is time to share.
Advice can often be painful to hear. Opinions might be hard to swallow. Suggestions may be helpful but easy to resist. Perhaps the hardest thing is in the timing. How often do the very things we need to hear the most seem to be the things we try the hardest to avoid? Buttons can be pushed and hackles can be raised when words said with love, meant to help, are received as threatening words invoking hostility.
All I know for sure is that in this day and age of “I’m up, [to heck with you] pull up the ladder” we seem to have lost the ability to communicate. Telephone calls have become one sided and in general only an opportunity to leave a message. We now e-mail, text, post on Facebook and tweet. A conversation of one. Uno! Discussions between two or more people is a thing of the past. We are quickly losing the ability (and patience) to disagree or discuss without feeling threatened or hurt. We have gotten very good at lecturing or justifying our behaviors, even to the point of “spinning” them to suit our own tastes and desires.
The result? We remain unheard. So we repeat, and repeat (we forget to rinse) and spew the same sentiments. We get stuck repeatedly trying to relay our thoughts and feelings to whoever might listen.
Well… it’s time to “Unleash the Beast.” It is time to express constructive ideas. I’m not saying it will be easy, but if you listen, you may come away with a different perspective – a place to move forward from and become unstuck. This is my hope.
The good news…I will listen. We will listen! So what you are thinking? What shall we talk about? Let us know what you are needing from a frank discussion. If you are not being heard, let us know. This is that place. It may not always be kind and it will probably never be “politically correct”. Check back often as topics will change frequently. I can promise you it will not be boring!!!
Again, welcome to Frankly Francine.