Be Kind To Jerks..

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I have a soft spot for a**holes; those semi-aggressive jerks who brag too much. I used to be a little afraid of them until I stood up to a few.

The thing is they were reflecting an aspect of myself I did not want to deal with. In the right crowd I was a braggart, bully myself.

So once I cleared that out of my psyche, well– mostly cleared it out of my psyche– it became apparent how well guys like that respond to kindness.

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Guy code is interesting and subtle: tone and pitch of voice, body posture, hand shakes, facial postures ( for lack of a better word) all transmit communication. I will not be messed with, please mess with me, I am kind– unless you mess with me– can all be communicated without saying a word. That last one is probably what I communicated the most in recent times.

However, with Spring comes new growth and hopefully I will communicate, I am kind, whether you mess with me or not, as Christ teaches me to do.  After all messing with someone, in reality,  communicates I feel unsafe and unloved; it is a defense mechanism that has nothing to do with me.

Anyway the world is a perfect mirror, so if you are running into a lot of assholes, there is still some a**hole in you, afraid and alone, waiting to be loved.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. When my church started making meals on Sunday for low income and homeless people after one of the meals one guy tried to man up on me and I manned up back; we almost got in a fight.

This past winter I was running the overnight shelter at the same place. I manned up twice on a drunk bully, telling him to be more appropriate with women. That set up kind of a duel between us. He showed up the very next night, drunk again, and sort of prancing around the place. I was about to man up and shut him down, but I had the thought, “Pray and watch.” So I started praying for the guy and sending him love. It was like magic, he seemed to relax a bit and so did I; we ended up having a great conversation, and have since become friends.

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You got a little a**hole in you? I say love him out of existence, pretty soon birds will be chirping everywhere you go, just to make you feel happy. Hobo John here, need a friend? You have one in me. I love you with everything that I have.

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