Something that's been on my mind this week is the idea of speaking up.
As a both a woman and a Christian in the workplace, it's easy to feel very stifled. Almost every person, at both my jobs, is not Christian, and several have completely opposing world views. And it's a struggle to know when it's right to speak up for your beliefs, without being rash, or disrespectful, and potentially getting yourself fired.
I feel very strongly about a lot of key issues, and my beliefs about those things define who I am as a person. And I definitely believe there are times to speak up, whatever the consequences. But right now I'm working to find the balance...what hill do I want to "die on" so to speak?
And as a woman, I want to be graceful, and gentle, and kind, and claim boldly that name and all that it holds...but how to be gentle and loving without backtracking on your boundaries? How to be kind without allowing yourself to be pushed around?
I'm still working through the issues, but there are a couple of things I know for certain:
1. Think before you speak. (You'll never regret it.)
2. It's okay to guard your time and your space seriously. (People will usually respect your boundaries if you let them know clearly where they are and when they are being crossed - and if they are logical boundaries in the first place. If they still don't respect them, then you know it's time to get out of the situation.)
3. The art of persuasion is one well worth learning. (Not every argument is worth having, and you will get further in life if you can learn to persuade effectively. Don't burn bridges over small issues.)
4. Sometimes you get further by not saying anything.
If you're a woman in the workplace, help me out here: how do you support and defend your boundaries? How do you hold your own, while still being gracious?