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a quote and my thoughts

To be a Christian is to show forebearance for those who are weak.

Thomas Aquinas

I need to work on this. In particular, I need to show much more forebearance for the weak people who cannot bring themselves to show restraint regarding my dog, who cannot speak to me.

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nabba
Dec. 10th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
On any level do you think that this is just excusing their actions? I could understand if it said ignorance but saying weak to me sounds as if it's an excuse...
3kitties
Dec. 10th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
ignorance vs. weakness
It changes the way that I, personally, react... It doesn't excuse anything or make it ok. The problem I have with seeing it as ignorance is that often it isn't... Often people pet while they are saying, "I know I'm not supposed to, but I just can't help myself." That is weakness; and if I respond to it with compassion, I can say something along the lines of, "I understand that you have difficulty resisting this, but I really need you to do it because you are endangering me," instead of getting angry because the person should be stronger.
nabba
Dec. 11th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: ignorance vs. weakness
Okay, I think I understand where you're coming from now. I don't think that the responsibility should fall onto you so much though. I mean, these people (in general) know what they're doing is wrong. If someone comes up to me and asks or wants information that's much easier to understand and respect. But the disrespectfulness of those who just dismiss it, taking on the fault and blame for them I think is unfair to yourself. That's just me, and you know I respect you :)
3kitties
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: ignorance vs. weakness
I agree that it shouldn't fall on me, and that's why I tend to get so angry. I'm hoping to come up with a way to be less angry. :)
nabba
Dec. 12th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: ignorance vs. weakness
Good luck ;)
splendidyoung
Dec. 14th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Hi Sarah, I notice you and I share a common interest in Henri Nouwen. As I am new here and this is my first comment, and I don't know you, I don't yet know what your disabilities are. Thanks for being open and honest with a stranger.
3kitties
Dec. 15th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
welcome aboard
Hello!

I enjoy meeting new people and am especially looking for friends with common interests in this area. I've recently updated my profile with some up-to-date information on my disabilities, though it is pretty basic. I should probably do another basic info post since I'm getting a lot of new folks on my list who probably have very similar questions to yours. *smile* Please friend me if you like, and ask questions if you like, and I may answer in a post.
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