When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!
In dealing with others AND ourselves, oftentimes we must look beyond initial appearances and outward gestures, to determine where words, deeds and actions are truly coming from. Someone whom you may think is attacking or belittling you, may in fact, be simply crying out for your help and understanding! Try returning love and compassion, rather than like behavior, and see what unfolds.
Thought for the day
Have I learned that I can catch more flies with syrup rather than with vinegar?
Let’s all resolve to be less reactive and allow ourselves time to analyze each person’s messages to us, looking always for the good contained in them.
If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. ~Proverbs 25:21,22~
You [set yourselves up to] judge according to the flesh (by what you see). [You condemn by external human standards.] I do not [set Myself up to] judge or condemn or sentence anyone. ~Jesus, John 8:15 (Amp)~
Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourselves or be wise in your own conceits. Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone…Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good. ~Romans 12:14,16-18,21 (Amp)~