Originally Posted by dsdrane
Reality check: I'm fine. This ain't my first time at the rodeo, and reports of my emotional demise are wildly exaggerated.
No one person is going to cause me to refocus my current energies; a number of people, however can...and have. For whatever reason, my patience level has plummeted recently and, as some of you have no doubt noticed, I've become Mr. Grumpy Guy. This doesn't sit well with me, so I'm just going to chill for a bit. No dramatic turning on my heels and sweeping from the room...just chilling off on the sidelines "for a season".
That said, I'll throw out one last thought that I believe is germane to this thread. As u-dog mentioned, any community worth its salt nurtures and educates (or words to that effect). Ideally, everyone in a community participates in this in some way at some level; however, we also know that communities have special people -- teachers, clergy, coaches, etc. -- for whom nurturing is their main focus. Why? Because we all have areas of expertise and a community also needs police, health care workers, reporters, poets, and even an architect or two.
Marx said: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
To me that means: nurturers, go nuts. Nurture like the wind, and we'll all do our best to support you in whatever way we do that best. Just remember, please, that this Community/Forum is more than a classroom, and that people are here for many reasons (good and bad), have different abilities and different needs.