Word Prompt: Burn | Story Prompt: from the book “Saving Fish From Drowning” by Amy Tan

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“Heinrich spoke in a low, even voice: “Patience, my friend.”

“Patience, my foot!”

Heinrich raised his hand as both benediction and warning. “Do you really want the military involved? They’re already asking why your friends are missing, yet you are here.”

“Good God, they can’t possibly think I’ve had anything to do with this! That’s outrageous!”

“I won’t second-guess what they might think, outrageous or not. In the meantime, the best thing you and I can do, my friend, is to act calm, to not make any sort of fuss or demand. And now I’m going to my office to get everyone’s passports from the safe. The police have asked for them. I suggest you use this opportunity to view the beauty of the lake. Let me handle this…”

It is amazing, isn’t it, how easily people hand over the reins to those who presume power. Against their own intuition, they allow themselves to trust those who they feel should not be trusted. I include myself as one who once did this. But then again, I was only a child, whereas Harry was a grown man with a doctorate in behavioral psychology. He dutifully went to the edge of the water. Gazing out, he tried to imagine where Marlena and the others were. The mist on the lake had long evaporated, and yet he could see nothing but the uncertain future.”


It’s an interesting thought – referring to what the author says through her narrator in the passage above – that we often go against our own intuition and trust someone who we feel should not be trusted. That sometimes we may have more faith in “someone else” than we do in our own gut feelings. I wonder if maybe it’s because we are tired, that we are so burnt out from dealing with issue after issue, crisis after crisis, that we just want to hand over the reins to someone else for awhile, even if, in our gut, we are pretty sure they don’t know how to drive a team of horses. Maybe we are confident enough that we feel we could take the reins back if things get too off track? How about you? Which words spoke to you today? Share your thoughts below!

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