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Page v - KIND HEARTS Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots; Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds. Fill, fill it with sunshine, Kind words and kind deeds.
Page 11 - I then explained how much more sensitive to others I am because of Marc. I think that, as a child, I was perceptive enough to realise that this was what others were comfortable hearing. An expression of my true feelings would have been too overwhelming for all concerned. He goes on to say: Denial leaves you out of touch with your true feelings, incapable of finding the necessary energy to deal with the situation at hand. You end up mistrusting your own intuition in important situations and heading...
Page 9 - Now isn't that nice. His sister has adjusted so well to the situation.' I see very little acknowledgment of the darker emotions. What about the hurt, anger, frustration, and resentment that I know exists? ... We siblings are not supposed to feel angry and resentful. Such feelings imply selfishness and insensitivity. But in not acknowledging these feelings, we only feed into denial ... In the beginning, my denial was so strong that, when asked what impact Marc has had on my life, I proudly claimed,...
Page 7 - My seven-year-old mind figured that they were going to find out what was wrong with him, give him some medicine, and cure him, just as they did for me when I was sick. I fantasized that one day he would walk out of the elevator talking normally. In many ways, this is the picture my parents saw, and I was only reflecting their attitude.