This was sent out as email to my congregation from our current leader, in response to how much he disliked hearing that members had been mean or disrespectful in debates over various issues (usually with non-Christians). His point being, here are some helpful tips to avoid being a jerk. I took out some of the ones that were maybe more religion-specific, but wanted to share the rest because I think it’s generally good advice.
Before You Say Anything
Check the context—is it a suitable time and place to speak up?
Gauge the emotional climate—what’s everyone feeling, and where is the discussion headed?
Try to determine people’s real intent—are they just looking for an argument, or would they be genuinely open to hearing your point of view?
Examine your motives—do you want to help someone or just be right?
While the Discussion’s Going On
- Don’t assume that people will be offended if you share your beliefs.
Try to find common ground.
Stay positive, and make positive statements rather than negative defenses (which come across like you’re saying “Am not!” all the time).
- Recognize that some terminology and concepts may be new for some people, and rather than mock or get angry at them for not knowing, explain those which are not understood
- Don’t have the same conversation with the same person over and over again if it just leads to an argument every time.
- If something comes up that you don’t know anything about, you can say that you want to study and think it through so you can talk about it later (rather than go off your own rash, in-the-heat-of-the-moment misunderstandings)
When Talking in Person
- Don’t just be thinking of what you’re going to say next, but focus on how the conversation is affecting the person.
- Don’t get drawn into a physical confrontation. Just … no. That would be sad.
On the Internet and Social Media
- If you see misinformation, tactfully and factually correct it if appropriate.
- Don’t get into a flame war.
- Rather than always commenting on public discussions, send more private messages when warranted.
- Don’t be afraid to share a video, article, or meme.
- If someone’s acting like a bully (attacking, mocking, and so on), avoid that person.
- Stop, calm down, and think before responding to something that upsets you, whether that’s a few moments, hours, or days.
- If a person won’t listen or engage and the posts just make you mad, stop following that feed.
Captain America: The First Avenger + Military Uniforms
This looks like a gender bender
I fully approve of this gender bend
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How in the fuck does this work so well?
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CGI technology has brought the late Audrey Hepburn back to the screen, as she stars in a TV advertisement for the chocolate company, Galaxy. Hepburn’s sons, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, said regarding the project: “Our mother often spoke about her love of chocolate and how it lifted her spirit, so we’re sure she would have been proud of her role as the face of Galaxy.” (watch the commercial here)
I wanna bring this back and remind everyone that the entire commercial is in CGI, not just Audrey.
I assumed it was a good look alike.
How do you even…. ?
This is the type of stage pageantry that people pay hundreds to see. Imagine how long the costume designer took intricately put into making those dresses the people behind the scene are the true heroes of theater
The one on the right is a true work of art
AH YES THEATRE
About UsHow It Works
Every time you work out or make a healthy choice, you earn points for your House! You can also share fitness inspiration and ideas. At the end of each “term,” the House with the most points wins… but that’s not all.Prizes
At the end of each “term,” the member who earned the most points wins a physical prize! Prizes will vary each term, but all will be Harry Potter-related items.Term Dates
- Fall Term = Sept. 1 - Dec. 31
- Spring Term = Jan. 1 - May 31
- Summer Term = Jun. 1 - Aug. 31How to Apply
- Must be following exmans (Ash) and kreacherofhabit (Hayley).
- Reblog this post.
- Send an ask to exmans (Ash) with the following information: your first name, age, country, House, and a general statement regarding your fitness goals and reason for wanting to join.
- Must be willing to contribute, try your best to earn points and get fit, and be honest about your activities.
- Must be willing to provide your e-mail (in order to be invited to the group) and mailing address (in order to receive prizes).Members
Looking for 20 members, 5 in each House. So far we’ve got 1 Slytherin, 2 Ravenclaws, and 1 Hufflepuff. We’ll start as soon as we’ve got 20.
DO THE THING, FRIENDS!
Do it especially because Ash is awesome and is doing all the work while I learn how to be an adult