I felt a responsibility to reblog this post as it teaches us all a beautiful lesson. It is part of being mindful and integration. Integrating with other’s thoughts and feelings.
Being aware of our behaviour and how it effects others is crucial. Words are powerful and come with great responsibility. But even more powerful are the intentions of the beholder. Let’s all learn from this and be mindful to “think before we speak”.
We have choices on how to express ourselves. “You get more with honey than vinegar”.
John Franklin Stephens got me right in the heart. Bravo for his sweet courageous, honest and gentle response!
Dr. Katerina Rozaks
The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.
Dear Ann Coulter,
Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?
I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.
I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child…
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