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Treating Everyone Equally
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Treating Everyone Equally

   For anyone who has a disability or condition that may seem "different" than the norm, we can learn from them. They have faced obstacles that we may never know. They still want to be treated the same as anyone else. Look them in the eye when speaking and offer assistance. Even a smile can make a day for anyone, so offer it to everyone. When you treat another with respect then you will receive the same in kind. Think of a time that your life was going in a direction that was out of the norm for you and keep this in mind when meeting or associating with another.

   Anything that you can do to make another's life a little easier will reflect positively on you. You don't know what another may be going through at the time you meet them so

1) Listen when they seem to go on and on

2) Sympathize and understand even if you don't "get it" and

3) Be tolerant of differences in others.

   Treating everyone equally no matter what "station" he or she is in life will most certainly teach you a lot about yourself. There may be times that someone seems to have it out for you, but they may be going through a trying time. Let it go and still maintain a good attitude toward them. You would want the same in return.

  We have all been the new kid on the block at a job or in other situatiions. Remember how it felt and offer assistance where needed. Treat the new person as you would want to be treated and relate to their uncertainty as they are learning. They will appreciate you all the more and you will gain a friend along the way!

   Whether it is in the workplace, shopping or meeting new people treat everyone equally. Even ifthey are rude or unkind to you, you will come out on top of the situation by staying true to what the Good Book says. Life is full of unpredicatable situations, so we all must be understanding of another and their situation.

 

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  1. Ajay
    Ajay
    Sir,I am also on the same side. Probably a disabled man's liFe may be invaded by thoughts of separation and their resistance to prove they aren't, failing on such situations make them stay away from others...Am I right...
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    1. jkess123
      HI Ajay, I applaud you for your bravery when situations seem trying. It may help you to think in terms of learning from these thiings that occur in your life instead of feeling it is a failure. Every experience teaches us something about ourselves and others. I have found in my life that when you admit to a mistake others wll respect you for it and be willing to assist. Being disabled will only limit you it you let it. I wish you the best. Learn, grow and be amazed at how much you can accomplish no matter what station in life you may be. God Bless and take care.
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      1. Ajay
        Ajay
        Thank you
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  2. jkhorne57
    jkhorne57
    I have a step-son who has been confined to his chair for his entire life and I have listened to his frustration and even his anger when he talks about his encounters. He also has a service dog, which adds to the frustration when he encounters people that are ignorant of what the dog does for him. He does not want sympathy, nor does he want pity. What he wants, as I am sure the majority of wheelchair bound people want, that is to be treated as a person, not as an object. People have started asking me questions about my son while he is sitting right there next to us, as if he cannot hear either. I like your article and the very important points that you make. It gets my vote and my support.
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    1. jkess123
      Hello jkhorne57, One suggestion for your and your step-son is when someone asks you a question reply with my step-son____ can answer that for you and step aside for him to speak . This will give him the opportunity to speak for himself. As well it let others that are around hear this. This may ease the frustration for you. Build him up at every point no matter where you are. Some people are afraid or embarrassed to speak to the person in question not out of disrespect but out of fear of not knowing what to say or even if they can approach them. Hope this helps. I appreciate your post. My best to you for the New Year!
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      1. jkhorne57
        jkhorne57
        Thank you. We already do this and it has embarrased some, but others it doesn't seem to phase. Much like when people notice the hearing aids in my ears, they talk LOUDER. And usually my son speaks up before I can even open my mouth.
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        1. jkess123
          Hello jkhorne57 Rest assured that you are doing the right thing. If you have given time to those who refuse for one reason or another to what you or your son says then the best thing to do is move on. Don't waste any more of your precious energy on it. Excuse me we must be going, or some other phrase of this type will get you away from the people or person(s). Continue doing your best. You wil come out on top every time!
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  3. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    vote #4
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