I found this on the web some time ago. I may have posted it before but don't remember.
This is from the book
Please Understand Me II Temperament, Character, Intelligence
by David Keirsey.
Which I will buy one day.
If I do not want what you want,
please try not to tell me that my want is wrong.
Or if I believe other than you,
at least pause before you correct my view.
Or if my emotion is less than yours, or more,
given the same circumstances, try
not to ask me to feel more strongly or weakly.
Or yet if I act, or fail to act, in the manner of your design for action,
let me be.
I do not, for the moment at least, ask you to understand me.
That will come only when you are willing to give up changing me into a copy of you.
I may be your spouse, your parent, your offspring, your friend, or your
colleague. If you will allow me any of my own wants, or emotions, or beliefs, or
actions, then you open yourself, so that some day these ways of mine might not
seem so wrong, and might finally appear to you as right -- for me. To put up
with me is the first step to understanding me. Not that you embrace my ways as
right for you, but that you are no longer irritated or disappointed with me for
my seeming waywardness. And in understanding me you might come to prize my
differences from you, and, far from seeking to change me, preserve and even
nurture those differences.
I know this can be a tall order for some of us and those in our lives.
This one page has helped me to treat others better, and be more open to
Edited by GateKPR4 (04/05/08 07:08 PM)
I'm a normal person dealing with abnormal experiences.
The greatest discoveries we will find within ourselves.
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