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The words I choose and tags I use

 

EDGAR ALLAN POE, USAIt is said that Edgar Allan Poe selected each and every word with great care and thoughtful consideration. Ever since being taught that idea sometime in junior high school, I strive to do the same in my own writing. This starts by reading a great deal, building my vocabulary, and being conscious of the words I choose whether I’m writing a resume or a speech, short story or news article, prose or poetry. Often when our words are limited in number, it inspires us to dig deep and make each one count. Unfortunately, this philosophy has not translated to Twitter where writers are limited to just 280 characters.

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Changing the conversation

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Dear Richard,

We’ve recently welcomed a new year and today is your birthday, so it’s to be expected that you’re up late taking stock of the state of your life and I’m not surprised that you seem to be finding yourself unhappy. I can certainly relate to that sentiment.

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I have learned

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I won’t let you nail me to that cross,

Not even one more time.

Jesus died for our sins

So I don’t have to die for mine.

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I appreciate you!

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A year-end review of my blog

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As I reflect on the challenges and successes I’ve had with Just One Take this past year, I feel deeply appreciative of the support that I’ve received from close friends, personal acquaintances, and even strangers on the internet who have taken an interest in my writing.

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My goals for 2019

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Transactional Relationships

This was another popular post from earlier this year. I have more to say on this topic and look forward to further exploring this in 2019. If you have any thoughts on this piece, please leave a comment!

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Love comes in many forms. Author C.S. Lewis wrote about the “four loves” he learned of via his study of Greek wisdom – storge, philia, eros, and agape. Love can also be expressed in a variety of ways. Gary Chapman wrote about this in his best-selling book “The Five Love Languages.” But this post is not about the “four loves.” Nor is it about the expression of love This entry is about the bastardization of love – also known as “transactional love.”

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A letter from the borderline personality to all humanity.

I write fairly frequently about my own struggles with mental health and this post really spoke to me – especially when this author writes “I am not sorry that I have a mental health disorder. However, I am sorry if I have hurt you in some way. I do not even understand me yet, but I am working on it; day by day, moment by moment.”

Walking Through It.

No one knows what it is like to be me, to walk where I have walked; to think my thoughts. no one knows how hard it is for me to make a choice and follow though with it. Yes, I am what you call “Flaky” this is because my mind sometimes will not let me follow through with something. Anxiety, fear, self-doubt, paranoia, absolute panic, depression and black and white thinking… ALL start to chatter in my head and will not let me stay stable and stick to something.

You say that I am not “normal”  I say; “there is no such thing as normal”. You say; “Mental health does not exist.” I say; “Lets ignore the person with the heart attack then, let that person die.” Ignoring my mental health is a death sentence for me. You call my behavior an “excuse” , I call it “I am trying”…

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What a borderline personality breakdown looks like

 

I was never your cure.

As we near the end of another year, I’ve been taking stock of my blog and this was one of this year’s most-popular posts. It is a poem I wrote about a toxic relationship – apparently, many found something in it they can relate to.

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I was never your cure. I am your addiction.

You hurt me far too many times, I could mention

After it has all been done and said –

You thought you could leave, but I’m still in your head.

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