Dressing in the dark The wrong way to be discovered

Last Update: December 13, 2017

Tonight I told the others in the 7-day writing challenge that I will not be writing anything "deep" tonight. So prepare for some light humor inspired by a question I saw earlier today. It was about whether it is right or wrong, to offer feedback on sites without being asked to do so. This is my answer in artistic form. Just have fun. Not meant to offend...just relax! :) Who knows, that little flying saucer my come by to abduct you in your sleep...

He looked at himself in the mirror, though he could barely see himself in the dim light coming from the other room and thought, “I look perfect.” His wife had told him repeatedly earlier that the light bulb needed replacing, but he thought he could see quite fine.

He is all set to leave the house, only to discover when he arrived at the event, that he was wearing two different color shoes. It was too late to turn back now. He hadn't listened to his wife and changed the light bulb, now he is sorry. He thought he was ok because all of his shoes were paired out neatly and in order as usual (or so he thought).

“How could I have made this mistake?” he grumbled to himself while wanting to dive head first into any hole nearby. He is now on the platform and it’s too late to turn back now. There are 1000 persons in the audience. The lighting team is doing a fantastic job tonight. The brightest lights are on display as they highlight his almost dapper attire.

His face is bright with shame and he pretends that no one has noticed his mismatched shoes. However, he sees a few people laughing and (correctly) assumes that every smile, laugh or giggle is directed at him. “How can I concentrate on the task at hand,” or the task at foot, I should say (funny narration isn’t it?). However, he managed to get through. He performed every song with passion, though no one knows he is really angry with himself. He is just taking out his shame and frustration on the piano keys. He even plays a song that was not on his set-list tonight. The music has an energetic flavor tonight” everyone says. “Never has he played with such passion.”

As he gets up to prepare for a bow in appreciation of the audience’s response, the applause is deafening. Humbled, he bends down to give a polite bow, only to notice that not only were his shoes mismatched, they were also two left-foot shoes. Now he realizes that’s why they felt a little funny. It was not his swollen pride... sorry toe from a previous mishap... And the deafening applause wasn't really all applause either. It was a strange mix of genuine appreciation for his performance and laughter at his appearance at the same time.

With a frozen smile he stands erectly and hopes that the lighting team would just turn the lights off so he could just walk off the stage. They don’t… as this network of lights are World Wide Wired, so he closes his eyes and pretends he is dreaming and heads for the rest room. A very well lit room, I might add (that’s me the narrator). He proceeds to wash his face, dries it and begins to fix his tie, only to realize he was wearing his wife’s new pair of stockings she was looking for, for a while. Last time I saw him he had a new domain name.

Moral of the story. (Narrator, me) Don’t dress in the dark. Always be prepared for success. Be open to criticism at all times, not only when you ask for it. If you do things incorrectly in the dark when the lights are turned on, you may be found Wanting, Wanting, Wanting.

Sometimes in life we have to listen to the advice of others even if we didn’t ask for an opinion.

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AlanJE Premium
Verifying something yourself is essential in so many scenarios, even involving things you do yourself. Nothing quite beats seeing in order to believe!:-)
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DEversley Premium
Thanks for sharing, Alan.
All the best!

David
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IvyT Premium
Oh my goodness. I think I've had nightmares that run this way! All at once on a stage somewhere unfamiliar, with a cast or musical ensemble I've never met, and realising I've not been to a single rehearsal for this performance (whatever it is!). What are we doing here? Why are my clothes all wrong?

But - I then came to understand that these dreams (ok, nightmares) were just metaphors for my wanting to be always prepared and ready, and that I had to learn and accept that there would be times and places I'd NOT get a chance to prepare, and it will still be OK.

For whatever reason, this was hard for me to accept, and worthy of a recurring nightmare to drum the lesson home.

Thanks for the humorous analogy!
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DEversley Premium
Thanks for sharing Ivy. I am glad you got the point of your dream and how you might learn from it.

David
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botipton Premium
Very good message there among the humor.

So here is the idea for the next one. When you stand in front of a group of people and then you realize that you pants are unzipped.
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brichnow21 Premium
When, speaking before a large, group of people...Imagine them, naked!! LOL
Barb
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DEversley Premium
Thanks for that Bo. I will work on that for you. Hope I make you proud. :)

David
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DEversley Premium
I have heard that one : )
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IvyT Premium
I've been the people in that scenario.
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Armlemt Premium
The post may have been humorous, but it carried a very non-humorous message. It is one that we should take heed to as well.

I have always welcomed constructive criticism. I know that a lot of people won't take it unless they ask for it and they never ask for it. Others will only accept it in certain, very specific form. In fact, I even saw a lesson that was made about what a person felt was proper criticism. It was clear that the author thought it should only come when asked for.

It's sad really when a person will not accept feedback. If they were to take it and make a few changes, they would reap the rewards. They would find success.

Then there are those who ask for it and then get angry when someone gives them honest feedback. That may even be worse. They would rather keep things as they are, insisting they are correct than to admit they were not perfect in the first place.

Thank you for an enjoyable read!

Anita
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brichnow21 Premium
Yes, Anita...sometimes the motivation is hidden...Please, read, to validate my opinions...when, maybe, the message was garbled!...
Not, a criticism of thought, but, presentation.
Barb
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Armlemt Premium
Your message was not garbled. Some people just have trouble doing things in a constructive manner and other have difficulty taking feedback. Not me. I welcome it. I know there are always areas in which we can improve, possibly in all areas.
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DEversley Premium
Thanks very much for your comments and valuable insight Anita.
All the best!
David
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Armlemt Premium
You're welcome, David!
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brichnow21 Premium
We, are our own, worst, critics!...but whoo, wants to be mediocre!
Not this Motley Crue!
Barb
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Armlemt Premium
True.
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adreyna Premium
Thank you for the very humorous, yet serious post. If we are to "always be prepared for success," we should welcome constructive criticism and be willing to make the necessary changes. Very inspiring!
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DEversley Premium
Well said Audrey. Thanks for coming by to share your wisdom.
Much success to you!
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adreyna Premium
You're welcome and the same to you!
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SongbirdDL Premium
As I read your story I thought of the man in the story, 'typical man, never thinks its important to indulge a wife with her requests,' Lol! As I read on it became more and more interesting with all those twists and turns. Interesting expressions too.

By the time I got to the end I was thoroughly enjoying the story and wondering what it was really all about.

Thank you for giving advice in such a pleasant way.

~Danielle
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ElizabethB3 Premium
I appreciate you!
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DEversley Premium
Thanks, Elizabeth. You are appreciated too.
All the best and much success to you.
David
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gartnerf Premium
What a hoot! Good story and lesson!

Needed it today...
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DEversley Premium
Thanks Frank
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Fleeky Premium
Ligh can be blinding too David
And some need sunglasses

;-)
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DEversley Premium
True Fleeky
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Fleeky is back yeah...

Definition of Ligh: future analytic lífidh

The Joker ツ
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Never question more? I bet you knew the definition of a lifidh

The Joker ツ
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DEversley Premium
:)
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ToLiNoLi Premium
David that was well done and well written, especially the end, a nice twist, you are indeed funny too, keep it up brother, if you write more like this I will be back for sure.

The Joker ツ
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brichnow21 Premium
I, knew you'd be hovering, ToLi!!
Barb
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DEversley Premium
Inspired by you Stefan.:)

All the best!
David
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Need a lift?
I got coffee and chocolates on board. :P

The Joker ツ
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ToLiNoLi Premium
You are welcome David.

Have a blessed day brother!
The Joker ツ
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DEversley Premium
Sure. Let's beam up to the Delphic Expanse...let's see if we can bring back some free internet in time for Christmas. Joy to the world they may sing.
May meet Santa on his way with UNI-FI (universe fidelity) no restrictions. Powered by the people and their imagination. Ho, Ho, Ho.
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ToLiNoLi Premium
I found Santa....

The Joker ツ
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DEversley Premium
:)
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brichnow21 Premium
I'm on board, already, or have you noticed!! Straight, out of the Twilight Zone!!...
B
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Are you dizzy resistant? First we will have a test-fly at 2000 rounds a second, if you feel you are standing still in time after this, you are ready to go and fly with us through the galaxy finding new chocolates to bring back to Earth.

The Joker ツ
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brichnow21 Premium
Dark, chocolate!!
Where's the rendezvous... Open, Mike at the Sandbox!...All, the winners will be there!!
Barb
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brichnow21 Premium
Party's already, started, Dave! Open, mike...BYOBeat!!
Barb
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brichnow21 Premium
Fun!! With a message!!David!
We, may be the only WA people see...always, present best part of self...character, first, over looks...Point well, shown by His audience's appreciation...
What, we do, here, reflects on all of us...
WE is the only one who can claim success, here!...
I? You?...each do our part...and our gift!
Barb
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DEversley Premium
Thanks for your kind words Barb.
All the best!

David
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ToLiNoLi Premium
We should team up, that will be a hilarious success!

The Joker ツ
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DebbieRose Premium
Very clever writing with a valid lesson. There is no need to be in the dark with all WA has to offer!
Debbie
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DEversley Premium
You have got it, Debbie.
Thanks for commenting.
David
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brichnow21 Premium
Hey, Girl!!
B
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Wait, G for Girl and B for ....?

The Joker ツ
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verazhelvis Premium
I really enjoyed this. Thanks!:)
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DEversley Premium
Thanks!
David
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verazhelvis Premium
:)
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JMankanda Premium
A very good piece. Interesting style and an enjoyable read all in one
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DEversley Premium
Thank you!
David
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miamibeach7 Premium
Good post David! Thanks!
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DEversley Premium
Thanks James

David
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brichnow21 Premium
Hi, Tom!!
Good to see you, checking out this post!! Day 4?? Of 7/7 writing!!
Barb
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Memorylaneuk Premium
Great analogy. Yes we should all be big enough to take criticism, though it is best delivered in a constructive manner. Insulting comments are never helpful.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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DEversley Premium
Thank you Karen.
Yes, I am for constructive. It must be, if not it's never welcomed.
David
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brichnow21 Premium
Yes, Karen...Looking for and accepting criticism, is how mature people, respond...Wanting to always, improve on performance!
Love and tolerance, of the individual...not to be confused, with, bad behavior, which, is a way to deal with the way, we respond.
Why, I Practice, the 3B's... I pause when agitated. Often, keeps me out of others, business!...drama...chaos...often, self-made! LOL,,,Mine, were!! Bad, choices...
Barb
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CowboyJames Premium
Very humorous. I can go to sleep with a smile.
Thank you
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DEversley Premium
Glad I made you smile James.
David
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CarolMeador Premium
Great job, David. What color are your shoes tonight? Carol
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DEversley Premium
Haha Carol. Who knows?
David
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brichnow21 Premium
Barefoot!!
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MKearns Premium
Oh oh. The Tol o ni saucer. be afraid. Be very afraid!
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DEversley Premium
Oh oh Mike. Haven't seen that little Martian around anywhere. He must have overstayed his welcome in another galaxy.

David
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MKearns Premium
Captured by the Cardassians. Shall we rescue him?
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brichnow21 Premium
Ssshh...He's lurking, just wait!!! ToLi...is everywhere! Just waiting to "Pop" out!!
Barb
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MKearns Premium
He posted about money making today. I tin they traded him to the Ferengi! We can spring him for a fee!
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ToLiNoLi Premium
The FCA enforced the Trade by Law regulation number 71 and removed 75% of the money make you rich manual. Apparently only the Ferengi are allowed to trade this kind of information.

The Joker ツ
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Hey Barb..... coffee and chocolates..... catch....

The Joker ツ
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Fighting with Klingons is like gambling with Cardassians, it's good to have a friend around, get me out Mike!

The Joker ツ
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ToLiNoLi Premium
There's something scary in the stratus-fear!

The Joker ツ
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DEversley Premium
HaHA
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Brother I brought you a present, a 875.000kg stone for your garden from Planet Stonehole.

It was so heavy, we could not fly faster as Warpspeed 4. But we are back, be ready we will dump it in the front of your garden in the next few minutes or so, be advised not to be in the garden by then.

The Joker ツ
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DEversley Premium
Thanks brother!
Drop the beach off as well. Maybe the family and I will go for a swim.
Leave the Stonehole people with you.
David
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ToLiNoLi Premium
No Stonehole people with us, our saucer was already overloaded for your special present. Good to know, now we can dump the 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water as well in your garden.

The Joker ツ
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brichnow21 Premium
ToLI, thought, you were referring to me, as Stonehole...Which, I have to say, I fly solo, around, everywhere!!
Barb...Let, me know where you're landing for lunch!!
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ToLiNoLi Premium
You got yourself a saucer lunch with the Joker!

The Joker ツ
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Flash4 Premium
Golly gosh! poor man, learned his lesson I bet, Change The Light Bulb, but I see where you're going with this. Put the ego behind you and keep on keeping on.
Thanks David.
Jae
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DEversley Premium
Hey Jae. Thanks for commenting. Hope it was funny enough for you. Have to see if that little flying saucer man "The Joker" will be passing by to rain on my parade. :)
David
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Flash4 Premium
I know what you mean.
J
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DEversley Premium
You got it Jae.
David
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brichnow21 Premium
I, learned, some years, ago..."What you think about me???...None of MY business!
I've found when working on a big project...Shut your mouth!!
Only, talk with those involved...Too, many Dreamer smashes, out there!
Barb
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Today we rain one stone of 875.000kg, 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water and a sleeping Santa over David's parade!

The Joker ツ
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DEversley Premium
Very true Barb. Great advice!!!
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