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The Care and Feeding of Strangers
by Carole McDonnell
03/02/04
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Congratulations! You have decided to take a Stranger into your life. It is a great responsibility, with many hurdles and challenges. But the rewards are well worth any trouble you might receive.

WHERE TO FIND STRANGERS
You can encounter strangers in the wild or at home; you can find them alone, paired off, or in groups. As you well know, Strangers come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Some are playful, some shy. Some are temperamental and prone to causing troubles. Some strangers are helpful. Some are very communicative; others are silent. Because it is always best to have something in common with your stranger, it is highly recommended that you choose the Stranger that most suits your personality. The most important thing to remember is that strangers want to be liked for themselves. They do not want a master. Nor do they want to be used as a trophy. Nor do they want to be hurt.

TRAINING YOUR STRANGER.
Strangers have many talents. Some can do many tricks for your enjoyment. Some of these tricks they do very badly; others they do quite well. The most important thing to remember is that strangers have wills and experiences of their own. They will not be led or bossed and will only engage in those events and challenges they are interested in. They are not canvases created to mimic you or do those tricks that you consider important. This means that the basics apply: respect your stranger and his collected experiences. Forbearance is a virtue that is rarely spoken of nowadays. Many folks just feel that if something is in their minds, it should be on their lips. They consider themselves rich in "spiritual wisdom." These folks are enslaved to their mouths and don't the power to stop themselves from saying something arrogant, cruel, or –Lord have mercy– "wise" about the incidents in another person's life. This is not the best way to deal with strangers. But we are convinced of better things concerning you.

Remember also that to a stranger, YOU are the stranger and by the same token, there is the possibility that your Stranger might want to train you. Strangers often fall into various errors when dealing with others. They assume knowledge they don't have. They judge by clothing, skin color, weight, shape, speech, religion, class. Oftentimes these strangers do not realize they are doing this. Oftentimes they do and simply don't care. Usually, a harmful Stranger does harm subtly and leaves you feeling confused as to what really is happening in a particular situation. In a situation like this, it is advised that you let the hurt go and not try to let the Stranger see the error of her way. You are dealing with a Stranger after all, and your heart is not too aligned with them. If you notice that your Stranger is acting up and, for no reason, is becoming belligerent and in attack mode you, it is suggested that you maintain your inner calm and politely make a quick getaway.

THE FEEDING OF STRANGERS
Strangers eat many kinds of foods. Others eat off the fat of the land. Some eat only milk, some only vegetables, some eat meat. Some eat nothing at all. Still others gorge themselves on empty calories. Whether they are full or empty, hungry or thirsting is not for you to say. That is for them to decide. All that is needed of you is that you eat your balanced meal and don't try to push your lifestyle on them.

THE TRANSITION
The aim of most stranger interaction is to create a working fellowship or a friendship. This leads to what is commonly called The Transition or the Decision. This happens when you decide that your relationship with your Strangers has reached a definitive stage. Strangers can transition to Social acquaintance, then to personal friend or on to Intimate friend. At each of these stages, the heart can be opened or closed a little bit more. Please note that the passage of time always a good indicator; it takes a lot to turn a stranger into an intimate friend. Six months is not a friendship; it's a trial membership. But once one has found a Stranger after one's own heart, one has found a friend that sticks closer than a Brother.



Please see my other articles at:

Sacraments, Traditions and Rituals in Christianity


or cut and paste the following
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The Book of Jude

Beware of what enchants you

The healing of the paralyzed man

Let's Compare Hagar and Joseph, two slaves

The Angels who left their first estate

Potiphar's wife

God and the accuser of the brethren

The world before the flood


Are you sure you understand the Bible?

The Ten commandments, trespasses and iniquities ?

Understanding The old testament Prophets

Rituals, traditions, sacraments of the Bible

An overview of the gospel

The works of Solomon: Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Song of Solomon

–Carole


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