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#15790 - 05/08/03 12:02 AM What a day...
Spidey Offline
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Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 14
Loc: NYC
Definitely one for the category of 'I had no idea when I got up this morning'.

Yesterday was not such a good day. Woke up pretty depressed this morning and had snatches of a song playing through my head - two lines in particular. The song was 'greatest love of all'.
The two snatches playing through my head were 'the greatest love of all' and 'no matter what they take from me, they can't take away my dignity'. I couldn't figure out why, and hearing the snatches made me sad and I couldn't pin it down.
Then on the train on the way to work, something clicked. The acting out, this thing that cuts me, that shames me, is not of me. It was something someone else did. It was not my choice, it was not something I wanted. Getting to the core of it: It was not of me.
A very subtle but incredibly important distinction.
I don't know if the acting out will return now. But one thing I do know. It will never hold the same power over me again. Because it is not of me.

Then, I get into work and get called into the managers office. I'm supposed to be on probation until august (new job). And got told that effective the next paycheck, I'm being given a 20% raise. Because, in his view, I'm too valuable to them.

Part of my mind is still staring slack jawed at the day I've just had, going 'huh?' because it hasn't ever seen a day like this.

Dave


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#15791 - 05/08/03 12:17 AM Re: What a day...
Wuamei Offline
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 2700
Loc: The left turn I should have ta...
Hey that's great Spidey!

Victor

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"I can't stand pain. It hurts me."
--Daffy Duck

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#15792 - 05/08/03 06:12 AM Re: What a day...
hanginon Offline
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Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 89
Loc: sarasota, fl
It's great when you are able to "name" things like you did - I find it gives you power over them. Power to change them. Good job! And the raise, well, it just goes to show you we are always worth more than we allow ourselves to believe!!!

Good job!!!!! Congratulations. Enjoy this new plateau and thanks for sharing the good news.

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walker, there is no path, you make a path as you go...

(caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar...)

Antonio Machado

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#15793 - 05/08/03 09:28 AM Re: What a day...
outis Offline
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Registered: 02/27/03
Posts: 2259
Loc: Maryland USA
Spidey,

That sounds like a great day, accomplishments on many fronts. The money's gonna be great, I'm sure, but hearing the rationale behind the early raise must be fantastic.

Quote:
I'm too valuable to them.
Those words are music.

Congrats!

Joe

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"Telemachos, your guest is no discredit to you. I wasted no time in stringing the bow, and I did not miss the mark. My strength is yet unbroken…"—The Odyssey, translated by W.H.D. Rouse

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#15794 - 05/08/03 05:20 PM Re: What a day...
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Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 7071
Loc: England Shropshire
Dave

What wonderful words -

Quote:
Then on the train on the way to work, something clicked. The acting out, this thing that cuts me, that shames me, is not of me. It was something someone else did. It was not my choice, it was not something I wanted. Getting to the core of it: It was not of me.
A very subtle but incredibly important distinction.
I don't know if the acting out will return now. But one thing I do know. It will never hold the same power over me again. Because it is not of me.
When my wife discovered that I had acted out with other guys, and I explained the reasons as best I could she said to me "It wasn't you, it was those bastards leading you there."

My therapist was already telling me this, I had read "Victims No Longer" until the print faded, I'd TRIED to believe that it wasn't my fault.
My wifes incredible words and understanding did it though, I believed from then on.

Up until then I had managed to avoid going acting out for about 18 months, but I struggled at times. After that I stopped struggling, and now - I've just realised it's exactly 5 years to the day since I last acted out, wow ! - I couldn't do it if I tried - it doesn't hold the same power anymore.

It wasn't us.

Dave \:D

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
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#15795 - 05/08/03 06:22 PM Re: What a day...
Wuamei Offline
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 2700
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Quote:
When my wife discovered that I had acted out with other guys, and I explained the reasons as best I could she said to me "It wasn't you, it was those bastards leading you there."
This is how my wife was when I first told her about my CSA, the awful things done to me and awful ways I a/o of it.

Quote:
Up until then I had managed to avoid going acting out for about 18 months, but I struggled at times. After that I stopped struggling, and now - I've just realised it's exactly 5 years to the day since I last acted out, wow ! - I couldn't do it if I tried - it doesn't hold the same power anymore.
Five years! Dave that is awesome! WTG Bro!



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It wasn't us.

Dave \:D
Damn right it wasn't us bro!

Thanks for the inspiration.

Victor

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"I can't stand pain. It hurts me."
--Daffy Duck

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#15796 - 05/08/03 07:03 PM Re: What a day...
Cement Offline
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Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 740
Loc: Southern California
Yeah, Dave, way to go.

Man, I love hearing good stuff. It gives real hope.

Peace,
James

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And let the darkness fear our light.

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