I think Iíve learned more about myself and how better to relate to others. Every time someone responds to something Iíve said I get the chance to see how well I expressed my points across, whether it has to do with the seriousness of the subject at hand or just sharing irreverent humor. I get to see better whatís effective. And then those observations about how my words were taken and by whom roll around in my mind, kind of like Zerbie said in another thread, I often think, what would so and so do or think about this.
So whenever I see and hear our dearly beloved spewing their vitriol, and oh so often, so innocuously, I remember all the things that everyone here is also going through and realize I am no longer alone.
And knowing that, gives me the confidence to continue to take that next step, again and again and again, to continue loving these people and seeing them as myself for the purpose of...
...for the purpose of continuing.
Nothing bad can ever happen.