I’d love to say that I’m good at the gentle response but I have to admit that I am not.  Sharp tongued may be an understatement but I have to admit that that is the way I was raised.  Fight and argue too much and no one sat down with you to try to figure out what was bothering you.  Nope.  My family firmly believed that hard work was good for what ails you.

Personally I envy the people who can gently deal with strife.  I sit and listen and think Wow.  Just wow.

Because it really is better and calming people down.  I know that.  Now if I could pull it off.