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Barbara Walking in the Valley
A bi-weekly column for those who live and walk in Silicon Valley

by Barbara Dahlgren

Some People...
Column for the weeks of February 1-15, 2006

It really isn’t difficult to be a Christian if you don’t have to deal with people. But then what do you do with those pesky scriptures that ask you to “love your neighbor (Mark 12:31),” love your family (Ephesians 5:25), “love one another (John 13:34,),” and yea verily – even “love your enemies (Matthew 5:43)?” Christians should love God and love…um…let’s see…what’s the word I’m looking for…um…oh yes….people!

Unfortunately, some people don’t know how to love others. Unfortunately, some people aren’t that lovable.

Some people finish your sentences for you before you are done with your thought.

Some people will never try anything new or different.

Some people are just angry at life and will take it out on you.

Some people will look for the 1% flaw instead of appreciate the 99% good.

Some people feel there is only one way to do something…their way.

Some people feign listening to your point of view instead of trying to understand where you are coming from.

Some people think if they just explain their position from a different angle that you would have to agree with them.

Some people can’t accept the fact that you do understand their position from every angle and still don’t agree.

Some people set up their standard of righteousness for everyone.

Some people cut you off in traffic.

Some people gossip and may say things that are untrue about you.

Some people think they know more than anyone else about a subject.

Some people think they know EVERYTHING!

Some people poke their noses in your business and give you unwanted advice.

Some people are disorganized, rude, or thoughtless.

Some people take the credit while you do the work.

Some people condemn others for what they, themselves have been known to do.

Some people will make a joke at your expense.

Some people have no sense of humor at all.

Some people never say, “I’m sorry,” “You did a good job,” or “Thank you!”

Some people pretend to be your friend today and leave you high and dry tomorrow.

Some people will make you feel unvalued, unappreciated, unwanted, or like you are on the outside looking in.

Some people will read this list and say, “I know someone exactly like that! How do you even begin to love such people?”

But then some people might say, “Could that be me?” Saying, “Could that be me?” might be a good place to start.


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