Hi there Gentle Reader!
I just wanted to put a new post on to let folks know the MatSu Coffee is still merrily limping along!
I saw this article today, and wanted to post a link to it as it's about Trans-violence. I feel strongly that "violence is the last resort of the incompetent" in Heinlein's words. But everyone is only human, lord knows in my own life I've resorted to it out of frustration, anger, and so on.
It was long ago, and my lashing out was provoked by a history of being abused by my peers and parts of the Family. No one said being on the edges of the societal bell curve would be easy (that's a way of saying "not normal"). Nevertheless, I repent of it. It made me feel as mean and horrible as I thought my tormentors were. I don't like that feeling, it shames me. I want to be a better person than that. I don't want to roll over and be a door mat, and I believe in turning the other cheek, but I only have 4 to turn, the fifth one...well...
That's where Assertiveness Training comes in. When confronted with hate, discrimination, and anger I've learned that keeping to Assertive principles usually defuses the situation and counters the efforts of others to provoke me.
Well here's the link to the article I read this morning. I don't have a link to the video yet, and don't really want to watch it. Who needs to see the mess?
Keep up a positive and constructive attitude, pray for knowledge, set aside self-pity, meditate, and do good to others who would hurt you, and your life will be much better. My bitterest life lessons have turned out well in the long run.
Gentle Readers, if you are having trouble, keep in mind your problems are temporary -they probably seem insurmountable and inescapable, but there are solutions to them out there, and 10 years from now you might not even remember them! Stay safe and well