The posts are incredibly moving and I could. not. stop.reading. them.
I stayed up really late the other night reading every single post.
Taken from R.A.T.M.:
"What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here."
What I think I gleaned after so much reading of various posts and comments can be said quite simply.
1.Do not jump to judgement/conclusions. You do not know someone's story or their situation. Or as one contributor wrote: "you haven't fought their fight."
Be kinder to frazzled moms with screaming children in very public places (i.e. the grocery store).
2. Everyone is different - we were created that way.
3. People make mistakes. I make mistakes. You make mistakes. People of every age/color/background/status/realm of influence makes mistakes. So learn to accept them and freely give grace to others when they mess up.
4. We were also created to be human. Not superhuman. Not perfect beings.
Therefore, have grace on people outside of the definition of 'normal'.
And remember children will act like children sometimes- it says so by including 'child' in the very root of that word!
Also, I have a few thoughts of my own on What I Want You To Know.
Which may or may not include:
-being a twin. &
-growing up with a family member with a chronic illness.