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JUST HIT DELETE
SO OFTEN, HURTFUL OR INSENSITIVE COMMENTS can prompt an emotional reaction, and a retaliatory response may create a rift that takes much time and effort to repair. With three children progressing through high school, middle school, and elementary school, I've had ample opportunities to be impressed and hurt by the unkindness of others. And also to elevate my understanding of human relationships in the process.
At one point, one of the girls on my daughter's gymnastics team expressed such repeated and forceful hatred toward her, our family, and even our religion, that I finally wrote a long letter to her mother, enumerating the many hurtful comments and actions that had taken place over the past year. While writing the letter felt justifiable, I knew that it would not result in healing. After keeping the letter in the car for several weeks, I threw it away and resolved to handle the situation through prayer.
About the author
Melanie Ball and her family live in Thousand Oaks, California.
with contributions from MICK FLEET, BARNEY PETERS, JACQUELINE KUNG, JANET V. KENNEDY, MARJORY MORRISSEY
'Do unto others ...'
STEVE GRAHAM, SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Anthony B. Robinson, Jay Almond, Meghan Powers
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