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[the rules]

2 take things other people say at face value
this is the second rule to live by
and is easy to do
when the words leaving lips
criticize
demean
delegitimize
and create so much more skepticism
when the words come with
smiles and sweetness
when the words are praising
or loving.

take loving words to heart
hold them there
and remember.
cherish them more than
those things that hurt and
let yourself believe them.
Kindness–even towards you–
holds truth.

Beyond personal relationships
if a person says something
misogynistic
racist
homo or trans-antagonistic
if someone utters words that
demean
denigrate
oppress
erase
invalidate
you must also take those words
at face value.
You must hold others accountable
for their utterance
and believe them when their words
show you who they are.

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