How many of you find that you are easily drawn into someone else's argument about our heritage? Do they hit a nerve? Do they antagonize you? Are you preoccupied with something personal and simply lash out at whoever crosses your path? What is it that causes a knee jerk reaction in you and then respond in a way that does not reflect the Southern grace and dignity that we were all raised with? I see posts, comments and articles by Southerners that make me cringe because of the tone and words they choose to use. It truly doesn't matter what point they were trying to make, because they became entangled in the web so intrically spun by the Black Widow.
Stick to the facts. Have references ready so when they doubt what you say, which they will do, you have something to back yourself up. Don't resort to derogatory remarks about the north. TEACH, TEACH and TEACH some more. Above all else, use words and behavior that will reflect honor and respect for our heritage and those who came before us.
"Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful." ~ 2 Timothy 2:23-24 (NIV) ~
Jesus Christ, endured so much more than any of us have or ever will have to, yet He kept his grace and dignity through it all. He died on the cross for you and for me. Let each of us always remember what He did for us and maintain our dignity and composure when we speak and/or write.
Some words of wisdom from my Dear Sister,
Eileen Parker Zoellner