And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say:

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Posted by txilar on August 23, 2002 at 20:26:30:

In reply to: Snappy comebacks to clients who want to teach you henna posted by Kenzi on August 23, 2002 at 15:24:57:

"To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the

-Qur'an, Al-Qasas, Surah 28:55

You could always use the "big word technique"- simply
out 'vocabulise' them with ultra chemistry words and description.
Tell them in the upper New York climate washing it right off doesn't
work as well becuase of a different effect on the gulf stream. Or,
here in NY, the henna has to stay on the skin for longer because of
the longitude. I mean, really, it's as rational as what they are
telling you! Then there is lying: "my grandmother taught me this and
she said ..." but I can understand that might not be a karmically
acceptable response. How about a simple "my teachers (insert
acceptable foreign word translation here) in Morocco taught me their
(or our) tradition and that is..."

I do know what all this is about though, just last night my friend,
who makes and sells (beautiful!)jewelry was showing it to some women
after our bellydance class. Some younger girls came up (19 range, no
offense to anyone in that range, but these girls just typified the
stereotypes eh) and were looking at the jewelry and contemplating
matching sets of one piece and how well it would match their
hallowe'en costumes. As they were discussing having M *make* them a
second matching set to buy, the other girl pipes up with "hey, I bet
I can get my mom to order us some beads since she does craft stuff
and we could just make it ourselves at way less than that price." M
was very buddha about this but I was aghast! I think it has to do
with a: inferiority complex and b: attention getting. A is obvious,
but b is because they want to share in your glory. Since they can't
show off how superbly wonderous they are, they can only attempt to
cut you down. Take their crude behaviour and turn it on its
ear. "There's always a different way to do anything, but I've found
this technique to give me the best results, like this..." and then
whip out a stunning cherry burgundy black henna design on yourself, a
helper or a photo. Let your work show them that you do know what you
are doing. After all, it's *your* gig, they ain't got one!

"The one who thinks himself equal or inferior or superior to others
is, by that very reason, involved in argument. But such thoughts as
equal, inferior, and superior are not there in the one who is not
moved by such measurements."
-Sutta Nipata

: What is going on in their heads?


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