Turn the other cheek? Or not to turn. That is the question.
People with a disability often have to endure rudeness from others. Some people think it's best to turn the other cheek and ignore them. This can be a good way to deal with obnoxious people. Turning the other cheek can be easier said than done however. Occasional rude behaviour is easy to dismiss. But in my experience continual insults affect your self-esteem. If we respond with wit instead of anger we may turn the tables on those who wish annoy us.
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Posted by: Peter Williams, on 23/05/13
Wisdom from a slow and simple life
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a poorly understood medical condition. It affects people differently. Everyone who has it experiences severe fatigue. Ann has lived with CFS for sixteen years. She has had to change her outlook and her activities to manage her illness. She has also had to confront negative opinions about CFS from other people. Ann is lucky to have the support of her family and friends. Over time, she has learned to accept and appreciate her new way of living. She has found wisdom in her slow and simple life.
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Posted by: Caitilin Punshon, on 10/04/13
A Stressful Situation
One day I was cooking chicken steaks for dinner. Soon after placing the tray in the oven, I smelt something burning. I opened the door to remove the tray. Smoke filled my lungs. I threw water on the flames to extinguish it. The smoke detector was going off. My neighbour raced over to help. We opened up the house to let in some fresh air. It turned out that a piece of paper had caused the fire. The experience was a lesson in always being careful in the kitchen. It also showed me what wonderful neighbours I have.
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Posted by: Bernadette Lancefield, on 15/01/13
Connecting with a glance
Margie and Lois have taken the same train line to work for the last five years. For the first couple of years, they only ever smiled and said hello to each other. Margie would step to the side when Lois boarded the train to give her some space. Lois, who has cerebral palsy, stopped taking the train one day and Margie was worried. Days later, Margie saw Lois coming towards her in a bright scooter and from that day on they have become firm friends and always check up on each other via email.
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Posted by: Tully Zygier, on 28/11/12
Dr Allen Sussman
Dr Allen Sussman is a well-known Deaf American who specialises in mental health and deafness. He is a university professor, he has worked in mental health centres and has written books. I met him when I was his student in America. I was studying to be a Deaf therapist. I agree with what he believes makes a healthy well-adjusted Deaf person. This includes a Deaf person accepting their deafness and an ability to communicate in sign language, speech, or both, and also to have relationships with both hearing and deaf people. I learned a lot from Dr Sussman and consider him a role model.
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Posted by: Karli Dettman, on 16/11/12