Right back at you, MB. You have been a great inspiration to me. I feel that you are truly a brother that has journeyed down some of the same paths that I have and that you are doing the same healing that I am now doing.

Thank you for pointing out the heroism involved in this work. To do this level of internal searching goes against every message I was raised with.

I needed to read that intimacy with myself must be healed first before I can have it with others. That is some new understanding for me. And I guess that intimacy is facing and accepting my feelings and not simply being "okay" with them but finding them deserving of time, honor and respect from me first, then others.
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And more, much more, the heart may feel,
Than the pen may write or the lip reveal.
Winthrop Mackworth Praed