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journeynow last won the day on July 19 2020

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  1. Holly, I appreciate that you did this, and how you did it. It gave her the opportunity to learn something in the relationship, and gives the relationship the opportunity to grow from it. I know if I lacked self-awareness about an annoying practice, I would rather a friend talk to me than drop the relationship and leaving me guessing at the reasons. It is helpful information, depending on what it is about and how it is offered.
  2. I'm so sorry. Sending blankets of hugs.
  3. Grateful for ENA And for two working eyes. Sometimes I have to wear a patch on one, and boy I miss binocular vision chopping vegetables for dinner.
  4. So so sad, my heart hurts. Thank for this thread, and a nod to you all. I'm glad you're here.
  5. They may not even see all of your posts. Facebook can push things on their feeds or timelines or whatever they are called, and it's always changing. So blame Facebook before you blame your friends. That, plus there is such a flood of things happening on social media at any one time, it's hard for any one person to keep track of the stuff they might care about. If you stop to look at one thing, maybe it's a neighborhood alert or lost dog or something in the moment, other things get lost, and you have to let them go and get back to work.... [edit] oh wait, was this thread started August 17, 2016? If so, nevermind...
  6. I've been thinking about you, Bolt and glad to see your update. I hope your symptoms continue to improve. Please allow yourself to take it easy. Hang in there!
  7. Bolt, how are you feeling? I hope you and your brother and nephew recover quickly and have an easy time with it. Sending healing thoughts your way!
  8. Hay, Pippy, Happy Birthday, and a big virtual hug!
  9. It's eye opening how friends and family will listen to some restrictions, practice them, condemn others for not doing so, but reject other restrictions vehemently. All the while infections numbers and deaths are surging. I look forward to when this pandemic will all be a distant memory. My parents, now gone, occasionally mentioned living through summers of polio outbreaks and the precautions and worry. It would have been interesting to hear my grandparents' experiences of the 1918 pandemic.
  10. The sun is shining and the sky so blue today!
  11. A friend shared this passage with me, and I thought it worth passing along: “I don’t know if I’ve learned anything yet! I did learn how to have a happy home, but I consider myself fortunate in that regard because I could’ve rolled right by it. Everybody has a superficial side and a deep side, but this culture doesn’t place much value on depth — we don’t have shamans or soothsayers, and depth isn’t encouraged or understood. Surrounded by this shallow, glossy society we develop a shallow side, too, and we become attracted to fluff. That’s reflected in the fact that this culture sets up an addiction to romance based on insecurity — the uncertainty of whether or not you’re truly united with the object of your obsession is the rush people get hooked on. I’ve seen this pattern so much in myself and my friends and some people never get off that line. But along with developing my superficial side, I always nurtured a deeper longing, so even when I was falling into the trap of that other kind of love, I was hip to what I was doing. I recently read an article in Esquire magazine called ‘The End of Sex,’ that said something that struck me as very true. It said: 'If you want endless repetition, see a lot of different people. If you want infinite variety, stay with one.' What happens when you date is you run all your best moves and tell all your best stories — and in a way, that routine is a method for falling in love with yourself over and over. You can’t do that with a longtime mate because he knows all that old material. With a long relationship, things die then are rekindled, and that shared process of rebirth deepens the love. It’s hard work, though, and a lot of people run at the first sign of trouble. You’re with this person, and suddenly you look like an to them or they look like an to you — it’s unpleasant, but if you can get through it you get closer and you learn a way of loving that’s different from the neurotic love enshrined in movies. It’s warmer and has more padding to it.” —Joni Mitchell
  12. Sending big loving hugs to you, ~Seraphim~! Blankets of hugs.
  13. This is what I needed to read today! Thanks for that.
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