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blarg314

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Re: Diplomatic responses about difficult year
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2013, 09:40:37 PM »

"It was definitely a learning experience!"

daen

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Re: Diplomatic responses about difficult year
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2013, 10:09:51 AM »

"It was definitely a learning experience!"

This made me laugh.
All but the most oblivious would get the subtext.  >:D

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Re: Diplomatic responses about difficult year
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2013, 03:00:43 PM »
How was your year?
"It was really intense.  We had to grow in our faith a lot. I'm not sure anyone could be completely prepared for this kind of experience, but Diety brought us through it.  I have hope our work made a real difference."  (mix and match)

if it someone you are close with, you could add, "I sure am glad we had friends like you to lean on!"

Thank you for serving/sacrificing:

"It is important work. Thank YOU for being a friend/ for your support"or

"Oh, it's not about us.  It's about (object of the work)", or if religiously appropriate,
"Oh, don't thank us, thank Diety for making the (object of the work) possible"

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Re: Diplomatic responses about difficult year
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 09:02:10 AM »
"There have been a lot of opportunities for growth"

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Re: Diplomatic responses about difficult year
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2013, 11:34:30 AM »
depending on the person asking/commenting : "even though there were unpleasant/unforseen/rough hurdles, we are so grateful for the opportunity to serve and will be glad to see our loved ones and our home again"

or

"Well, what they don't tell you: when you take the road less traveled, you get thorns in your tires. We will be glad to see everyone at home, though."

IMHO, Nothing says you have to be all sunshine and daisies. You just don't have to go into a lot of detail. It was a service, not a vacation, and part of the service is usually to share your experience. It sounds like you did share with the people that can change what is wrong. If they aren't going to remedy the situation, it may be necessary to let others friends know your experience so they can make an informed decision about serving with the same group.

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