Curve Balls, Lessons, and Blessings

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Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Asking “Why did this happen to me, when I  tried so hard to be good?” didn’t really help. I didn’t want to look at my part in the divorce because it just hurt too much. But eventually, I was able to look at it objectively.

I had felt overwhelmed trying to please everybody, so I focused on my job and made sure the kids were taken care of. My husband felt neglected and left our twenty year marriage. After a long time, I stopped beating myself up. I learned to love myself again and began the long process of forgiveness.

It took years, but the love and forgiveness is what made things better. The lessons I learned along the way have enriched my life and brought blessings I would never have imagined.

How has time given you a different perspective on the curve balls you’ve been thrown?

This post was inspired by https://simplisticinsights.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/curve-balls/

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Stop Chasing

Stop chasing the wroing things

It worked for me! In the meantime, I learned to love me again.

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One Liner Wednesday is brought to you by Linda G. Hill at:

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Confidence

Confidence

Or, will I like them?

Of course we want people to like us. We are designed for community. But everyone is not going to like us. And everyone is not going to be good for us.

I’m thankful for my friends, for their love and support, for being able to share tears and laughter. But I know I can be okay alone, because we are never really alone. There’s always God, or whatever you want to call that divine power who loves us no matter what. And there are dogs, those divinely created experts in unconditional love.

Then there are cats. Cats have their own special kind of confidence. Some of them are experts.

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One-liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill. Check out more great one-liner’s over at her blog: https://lindaghill.com/2017/04/19/one-liner-wednesday-danger/

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Just Kidding

“Each time I shut my computer down, I throw my head back in maniacal laughter and scream “Fool! I was only using you!”                                                                – Bridger Winegar

(Just kidding. I appreciate my computer. I really do.)

I haven’t posted on “Loving Me, Too,” lately because I was trying to change my address here to something anonymous, but there were technical difficulties. In the process, I’ve decided I need to focus most of my time on my primary blog, “Anything is Possible,” where I write as joannaoftheforest. (Don’t tell anybody about my secret identity!)

I’ll still post here some because I’ve accumulated fifty drafts!

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One-Liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill. For more one-liners, visit:

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The quote comes from: http://www.funny-jokes-quotes-sayings.com/funny-quotes-or-sayings.html

One-Liner Wednesday: We The People

“America is not the project of any one person. Because the single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We The People.’ ‘We Shall Overcome.’ ‘Yes, We Can.’”

— Barack Obama

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I hardly ever watch the news, because it’s so toxic, but I’ve seen and heard glimpses of hope in the reminders that there are three branches of government which provide checks and balances, just like we learned in elementary school.

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda Hill at: https://lindaghill.com/2017/02/15/one-liner-wednesday-a-momentary-lapse-of-reason/

Here are the rules which are not always strictly followed:

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Un-cluttering

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“As I unclutter my life,
I free myself to answer
the callings of my soul.”

– Dr Wayne Dyer

I  found this quote at Purple Rays

I was making progress at un-cluttering my home. Then, my soulmate found me again and we combined households. Still, it’s worth the extra stuff to have him around – more than ever since my father died. Now, I get to go through my father’s clutter. Still, it’s worth it for my father to be with the love of his life again and all the memories I will treasure.

I will take this ones step at a time, one pile of papers at a time. It will be okay.

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill at

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Impenetrable

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There was a time I wished to be impenetrable. I had opened myself too wide, become too vulnerable to the wrong person and never wanted to let that happen again. Fear kept my fences up and well-guarded.

Years went by, and I became accustomed to the loneliness. At least I was safe. I had my friends, my dogs, and I finally loved myself. That should be enough, I thought.

But when I had learned the lessons I needed to learn, a long lost love came knocking at my gate. Would I have the courage to let him in? Was he worth the risk?

This is the song I sang to myself during our second courtship.

 

Telling the larger story is my work in progress.

This post is inspired by the prompt: “impenetrable” provided by “Blog Woman”

And brought to us by Shanjeniah, for Linda Hill’s Just Jot It January series, which can be found at:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/01/16/jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-16th17/

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The rules for Just Jot It January are as follows:

1. It’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. The prompts will be posted every day at 2am my time (GMT -5). You don’t have to follow the prompt word, but this will be where you leave your link for others to see. Make sure you link your post to the correct day’s prompt. There will be a post like this every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday, and Saturday, when you’ll find the prompt on my usual Friday Reminder post for Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS).

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will be at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Even your shopping list. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge (above) in your post so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

If you’d like to look ahead to see the upcoming prompt words, click this link: https://lindaghill.com/2016/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2017-rules/ You can always write your post ahead of time and schedule it to come out on the appropriate day.