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Need to blow off steam. I feel like my life is utterly pointless.
2-16-2011 | JamesP81

Posted on 02/16/2011 9:31:50 AM PST by JamesP81

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To: JamesP81

If you have an interest in history, I would suggest reenacting. It’s a great hobby and you meet really great people.


101 posted on 02/16/2011 10:19:04 AM PST by alarm rider (The left will always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: JamesP81
I'm single too and I spent 35 years with the same employer feeling what you're feeling. I don't have any answers for you since you seem to have the hobby side covered as I do. I'm retired now and softball in spring summer and fall keep me busy and volleyball is the mainstay for wintertime.

Here's one observation tho, this is the most awful time of the year for me and when I feel the worst. But I've come to realize that since I'm an outdoorsy type person, I am very susceptible to Sunlight Affective Disorder brought on by the shortened daylight , dreary days and snow brought on by the winter.

These hopeless feelings get less severe as the weather improves and I can get outside more. So just hang on for a while more, the days are getting longer, the weather is starting to take a change for the better, we'll start seeing more sunshine and when spring finally arrives and flowers start to bloom, it will be like a rebirth of the earth and your mental outlook.......

Stick with it buddy and keep the faith..........

As verification to what I said above, I just got home from taking indoor batting practice with a bunch of older guys I play ball with. The temperature outdoors is a stunning 49 degrees (first time since maybe early November) the sun is shining brightly with no cloud in the sky, the snow is melting like mad and I'm feeling in a pretty darn good mood........ Just finishing lunch and will soon be taking my nap..........LOL!

102 posted on 02/16/2011 10:19:53 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: bvw

Sorry, your post confused me a little. What did you mean?


103 posted on 02/16/2011 10:21:02 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: JamesP81

Hi James,

There are two rules in this life:

1. Love God (thank Him often).

2. Love your neighbor (no man is an island) as yourself (see your family doctor for a medical checkup).

God bless. I’m rooting for you!


104 posted on 02/16/2011 10:22:44 AM PST by Scarlet7
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To: discostu
Life has exactly as much point as you chose to give it. You can be a balloon bobbing along the river of life or a speedboat chugging up stream at full tilt. Both have their good and bad points, the trick is to understand which way you are living it, figure out if you’re OK with that and either change it or learn to be happy. I became a lot happier in life when I adopted the theme of “know who you are”, which oddly enough was just for weight loss but turned out to be just plain handy across the board. Once you know who you are most of the problems in your life go away, all those internal unhappinesses vaporize because now you understand them and can either cope or change. 90% of everybody’s unhappiness comes from between their ears, you fix that and the other 10% is gravy.

I don't know. I guess I've always been a little bit of an old school romantic on the whole issue of destiny. I often think I was born either a few centuries late or possibly a few centuries early. I always thought I knew myself pretty well; in fact, it's kind of the problem. But maybe I really don't....
105 posted on 02/16/2011 10:23:03 AM PST by JamesP81
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To: Retired Greyhound

They probably didn’t, certainly not before the industrial revolution. That’s about the point when some folks started pushing the message “you’re life could be AWESOME”, which has the secondary message of “if it’s not there’s something wrong with you”. That really seems to be when people started being very confused. For the most part, unless you’re born filthy rich, life is drudgery, and even the filthy rich still have to deal with the basic biological boredom (eat food, eliminate food, get some exercise) they just do it on nicer floors.

Spending 5 minutes to not think about what you don’t have to focus on what you do (hopefully an at least acceptable job, basic home, a couple of loved ones and a bit of leisure time) really does improve ones outlook on life. Friend and I were discussing this a couple of weeks ago, he commented that I was happier now than he could remember, and I said it was because I looked at what life had given me and realized it actually kicked a lot of ass, then we went and picked up my wife and ate some awesome sushi.


106 posted on 02/16/2011 10:23:18 AM PST by discostu (this is definitely not my confused face)
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To: JamesP81

James remember “This Too Shall Pass”.

I was in a deep funk, stuck in a failing family business for many years and with news of a childhood friend who was suicidal. I tried everything, working with others, church, talking to others about it and nothing worked.

I continued to pray and pray for acceptance turning my will and life over to God. Things on the outside didn’t change but at some point I achieved acceptance and serentiy. I continued to do the necessary footwork looking for a job and praying for my friend and things did change.

You’re a young man - Keep the Faith. God doesn’t make junk. You’re life will get better.


107 posted on 02/16/2011 10:24:22 AM PST by teddyballgame
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To: JamesP81

Your feelings are NORMAL.

Your reactions are NORMAL.

I would guess that you’re in your late 20’s? I felt the same way at that time.

You are full of capability. Your mind/soul tells you it is as yet, unrealized. Men feel this way at a certain point of their lives—when they’re ready to do more, or embark on a change. Normal. All normal. That’s who we are ;)

I engaged in hiking, and apologetics and writing to help me through it all. Best thing to do is to EXPAND the number of relationships you have at this time—do not shut them down. There is a danger, and you know what it is.

We cannot afford to lose you, friend. You seem to think like many of us do, and we managed through those difficult years (for me, it was 1983-1985). Struggle through your Tough Times. Cast out for new things to do. Build Character or a degree of expertise at every opportunity you can. (I’m “good” at a half dozen things, but “expert” at nothing.)

E.g., “Good” at apologetics, took two semesters of ancient (Koine) Greek, decent chess player, decent writer, decent with a pistol on a target range, commanded a tank platoon, currently a minor government official managing a tiny agency with a budget of ~ $1M, etc., and have recently been “drafted” to teach Sunday school. ME?! Teaching Sunday school? Yep.

Your turn will come.

Rush Limbaugh said something once that I found to be very true: They don’t let young men make money until their late thirties. (Very true.) They don’t recognize most young men until that time in any case.

Hang in there, friend! You seem to be an intelligent and thoughtful chap. Build relationships wherever you can. The right woman can inspire you. Consider that.

Sauron


108 posted on 02/16/2011 10:26:17 AM PST by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: JamesP81

Your feelings are NORMAL.

Your reactions are NORMAL.

I would guess that you’re in your late 20’s? I felt the same way at that time.

You are full of capability. Your mind/soul tells you it is as yet, unrealized. Men feel this way at a certain point of their lives—when they’re ready to do more, or embark on a change. Normal. All normal. That’s who we are ;)

I engaged in hiking, and apologetics and writing to help me through it all. Best thing to do is to EXPAND the number of relationships you have at this time—do not shut them down. There is a danger, and you know what it is.

We cannot afford to lose you, friend. You seem to think like many of us do, and we managed through those difficult years (for me, it was 1983-1985). Struggle through your Tough Times. Cast out for new things to do. Build Character or a degree of expertise at every opportunity you can. (I’m “good” at a half dozen things, but “expert” at nothing.)

E.g., “Good” at apologetics, took two semesters of ancient (Koine) Greek, decent chess player, decent writer, decent with a pistol on a target range, commanded a tank platoon, currently a minor government official managing a tiny agency with a budget of ~ $1M, etc., and have recently been “drafted” to teach Sunday school. ME?! Teaching Sunday school? Yep.

Your turn will come.

Rush Limbaugh said something once that I found to be very true: They don’t let young men make money until their late thirties. (Very true.) They don’t recognize most young men until that time in any case.

Hang in there, friend! You seem to be an intelligent and thoughtful chap. Build relationships wherever you can. The right woman can inspire you. Consider that.

Sauron


109 posted on 02/16/2011 10:26:28 AM PST by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: PeterPrinciple

That was funny, Thanks


110 posted on 02/16/2011 10:27:01 AM PST by lucky american (If you think the Libs care about your health.....LOLOLOL)
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To: Lurker

Lurker...you had the single best response of all.

1,000 words of hope. :)


111 posted on 02/16/2011 10:27:33 AM PST by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: JamesP81

You’re getting plenty of advise here to see a doctor about depression. Follow that advise! The symptoms you describe are those of clinical depression. This is a physical ailment, not a character flaw; and no amount of hobbies, career advancement, or “Man up you wuss” will treat it.


112 posted on 02/16/2011 10:28:07 AM PST by Redcloak (What's your zombie plan?)
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To: JamesP81

There’s layers of knowing yourself. You might know what you want in the world but do you know why, and have you figured out why you don’t have it. A lot of my grabbing happiness was realizing that at age 40 (now I’m 41) there’s a damn good reason I didn’t have the things I’d always wanted, that in fact I’d never even really tried to get them, and that must have some meaning. And the meaning I figured out was that I didn’t actually want them, I’d allowed myself to be suckered into what everybody “should” want without ever wondering if I did. Once I realized I didn’t it all got much easier.

You can be an old school romantic on destiny. Not everybody is destined to be James Watt, some folks are destined to be James Watt’s cab driver. And there’s nothing wrong with that, Watt might not have done what he did if nobody drove him there.


113 posted on 02/16/2011 10:29:03 AM PST by discostu (this is definitely not my confused face)
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To: JamesP81
How long you felt the need to vent rather than press on? ... God does have a plan for your blessing of being born into that precious body. That body is a magnificent clothing for the spirit God put into your existence. It makes you a significant unit that God adorns and adores!

It might be that God is about to launch you into what He has planned for all the prep work done to this point. If you're feeling a nagging that was never so strong before, it is one of the signs God's SPirit uses to get your antennae up and tingling (Chrissy Mtthews' asinine comment notwithstanding). What do you do at this daily work you attend to? Are you a part of making something your fellow humans use to make their lives better/easier/safer? And why do you presume that your sensitivity to a seeming monotonous grind is not in itself a blessing, since it is perhaps telling you to get your ass into working to make life better for others and enjoy doing it!

The accuser of the brethren uses preparation also. Satan likes to flow doubt into your mind BEFORE he sends an overwhelming temptation your way. It is also a trick the bastard uses when he senses that God is about to reach out and touch your life real good! I'm gonna leave for you a link to a youtube presentation by Graham Hancock, author, tremendous lecturer. Please note how in the beginning he acknowledges what a blessing it is from God to be given this glorious body to wrap your soul and convey your spirit around the universe. The pictures Graham used with his talk are also beautiful. You not being attached might be a blessing in dsiguise, since you're not tied down and can get moving to enjoy uncovering some of the mysteries on this exquisitely beautiful old planet.

And remember, you are first a spirit then a physical being. The time status of your soul/spirit is not synchronized to end when the body dies off. Your spirit exists in a volume of time, not on a timeline. And your soul of life/consciousness exists on a planar expression of time, so once the body is sloughed off the soul is astonishingly connected to all on the plane of 'now' in ways impossible while filtering every stimulus through the physical apparatus. But you need the time 'in the body' to acclamate your soul to being since you'll continue being indefinitely.

Sometimes when I wheel my wheelchair from my parked minivan to the inside of the grocery, I make a point to count the astonishing blessings around me and realize how I could not have experience such 'being' just three hundred years earlier because I would not have live long enough to even marry my first wonderful wife or have my son and granddaughter! Don't tell me that God doesn't have a purpose for every individual life and the where/when He places them to!

Enjoy Graham Hancock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4k8pdJ2so4&feature=relmfu

And here's a neat presentation from perhaps one of the most overlooked geniuses in the History of the human race: Tom VanFlandern: Part One of three http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkXsQbaDg5g

114 posted on 02/16/2011 10:29:05 AM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: de.rm
American Splender is the next movie you need to put in your Netflix que, I just send mine copy back, it's a perfect remedy for you right now.

I would add to that the 1984 remake of the movie "The Razor's Edge" (which I would highly recommend to anyone).

115 posted on 02/16/2011 10:29:41 AM PST by The Duke
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To: sauron

Still searching for the ring?


116 posted on 02/16/2011 10:30:25 AM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: Redcloak

What’s with all these folks? It’s like a convention.


118 posted on 02/16/2011 10:32:43 AM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: JamesP81

“I often think I was born either a few centuries late or possibly a few centuries early”

Wow, ok. I feel the *exact* same, and you feel that there’s no place for you in this world.


119 posted on 02/16/2011 10:34:06 AM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: blueunicorn6

There’s a depressed young man on line (a man we know nothing about) and all you can come up with is something completely stupid and insensitive.


120 posted on 02/16/2011 10:34:21 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: JamesP81
I think it's fairly normal to start having feelings that way at your age. You wonder where the meaning is, the meat is, or if there is all that there is.

I have found that one of the most profound choices you have to make is how you deal with the boredom that life starts to present you as you get older. Some folks turn to drugs or alcohol, others to God, some are just too busy with marriage and children to even contemplate the notion, others become workaholics. But really, it's up to you to decide what will give meaning to getting out of bed in the morning - or even if you want your life to have meaning. And I am not being flippant there. It sounds like you WANT to have some meaning, and just don't know where to take it.

I don't have kids, so I look at what my parents have said - that how they raised their kids is what matters most to them now that they are both approaching 80.

121 posted on 02/16/2011 10:34:42 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: JamesP81

Maybe try this thread? :

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2674703/posts


122 posted on 02/16/2011 10:35:34 AM PST by 2111USMC
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To: miss marmelstein

Yes, I rescue Greyhounds, but I also have a chihuahua, a poodle, and min-pin mix (all rescues).

And I have four cats (all rescues).

We have a full house. Wouldn’t have it any other way.


123 posted on 02/16/2011 10:36:33 AM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: JamesP81

Cheer up, friend...at least you’re WORKING. Praise G-d!


124 posted on 02/16/2011 10:36:50 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JamesP81

it is not too late to join the military. ponder the possibilities... and there are many of them. change what you can, accept what you must, but never ever settle.


125 posted on 02/16/2011 10:37:32 AM PST by madamemayhem (defeat is not getting knocked down, it is not getting back up.)
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To: JamesP81

I’m going to check back in later this evening when I’m at home. I’m about to fall to pieces right here at my desk, which would garner more attention than I’d prefer. I have to man up and bury this for 5 more hours and I’ll be back.


126 posted on 02/16/2011 10:38:01 AM PST by JamesP81
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To: JamesP81

There is a reason they call it surrender...your time will come. In the meantime find a good local church group and get involved but make sure you are doing things that you love and are passionate about - FOR YOU.


127 posted on 02/16/2011 10:38:23 AM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: JamesP81

...and you live in Kentucky? Praise G-d again...you could be in Massachusetts.


128 posted on 02/16/2011 10:38:25 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Soothesayer
This is a torture so horrendous that I would not even wish it upon a leftist rodent...however much I despise those things. The worst part is that if somehow God does exist, it won’t matter anyway. My lack of faith dooms me to hell. By the time I find out that there is any hope...there won’t be any.

Look at it this way. You are being spared the hell of living your life on the religion threads, proving that your individual understanding of every sentence in the bible is superior. You are at least saved from that hell.
129 posted on 02/16/2011 10:39:06 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: discostu

A wife and sushi. Awesome life indeed.

I agree with your post. Life is hard. Even Christ said it would be.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be meaningful.


130 posted on 02/16/2011 10:39:10 AM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: JamesP81

Ok promise us you won’t do something silly.


131 posted on 02/16/2011 10:40:57 AM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: Soothesayer
I hear the Muslim Brotherhood is looking for “volunteers”

Seriously, isn't this kind of outlook what makes it so easy for jihadi’s to recruit? I know what you feel but Life is not a curse! It's a gift. From God or whatever you choose to believe. Everyone here has, or will have the same feelings you are feeling. It's just how you deal with it. I choose to live my mostly mundane life secure in the knowledge that I do have a purpose. Your trials are preparing you for something great! Believe it.

132 posted on 02/16/2011 10:41:08 AM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: geologist
Many are the lives saved by cats and dogs.

Amen, amen, amen! See the tagline...

133 posted on 02/16/2011 10:41:08 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Soothesayer
This world is 100% horror.

Agreed, except for kittens and hot peppers.

134 posted on 02/16/2011 10:43:39 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JamesP81
I’m about to fall to pieces right here at my desk, which would garner more attention than I’d prefer.

Hey, when I was about your age, I was in a job - the only one I had like this - where it was all I could do to drive to work and go in the door. I don't know if it was my age at the time, the job, or what, but I've been there, done that.

This too shall pass. I've have learned to find more satisfaction in the smaller things in life that I used to just take for granted, but I've got over 20 years on you (I'm 50) and used to live more for adrenaline, so maybe I just got old(er).

135 posted on 02/16/2011 10:43:39 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: JamesP81

I care, James.


136 posted on 02/16/2011 10:47:50 AM PST by Girlene
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To: mdmathis6
One prayer I often pray is that God may use me inspite of myself, inspite of my imperfections, that I might be made an instrument of his glory, a minister of his grace and a conduit of his love. For I have no high station in life, nor have I riches. Every good thing I have comes not of my self but from out of the will of God. I live twixt flesh and spirit,twixt a body of death I yearn to be free from and the promised glorified sinless body promised by Christ. I’ll die too at some point and will be forgotten of man... yet while I live, I’ll live in the confident hope of that work begun in me, that it will be worked until its completion on that day...when we see HIM(!) face to face.

Words that we all can live by, and words that I will try to purposely remember on a daily basis. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God............." So simple, yet so easily forgotten amongst the thorns of life's interruptions and distractions. Thanks mdmathis6!
137 posted on 02/16/2011 10:48:15 AM PST by rickomatic
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To: miss marmelstein

What is the nature of your confusion?


138 posted on 02/16/2011 10:48:23 AM PST by bvw
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To: sauron; JamesP81

I have found that I’m more optimistic in the early part of a decade of my life than the later parts.

For instance, in my late 20’s I felt that I was getting old.

Then in my early 30’s, I felt young again.

Hitting each 10 yr. milestone has felt like a reset.


139 posted on 02/16/2011 10:49:35 AM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: miss marmelstein
Does make me feel like I’m doing something good for the little helpless ones!

I let the neighborhood cats stay in my garage...bedding, food; the whole nine yards. Their damn owners won't take care of them, so...my indoor rescues hate me for it. I tell them to suck it up.

140 posted on 02/16/2011 10:50:17 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JamesP81

God has a purpose for your life. JESUS is at the door. Open it. Remember to do everything. EVERYTHING as if you were doing for the Lord. Get into His Word and stay in daily fellowship with Him. Things will change in your life.


141 posted on 02/16/2011 10:50:34 AM PST by hope
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To: JamesP81

Watch this. Its cool.

http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnplayer/cbnPlayer.swf?s=/vod/MW131v2_WS


142 posted on 02/16/2011 10:51:50 AM PST by Delta 21
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To: saleman
Isn't this kind of outlook what makes it so easy for jihadi’s to recruit

Sure, or something like it. Fear of women.

143 posted on 02/16/2011 10:51:50 AM PST by bvw
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To: BenKenobi
“I often think I was born either a few centuries late or possibly a few centuries early”

1936. I would have been around for old time radio, pulp magazines, and 10-cent comic books.

Awesome.

144 posted on 02/16/2011 10:55:30 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: JamesP81

Several months ago someone close to me was Baker Acted because his “I don’t care” attitude turned suicidal. The results of his blood work revealed that he needed Vit B-12 (500mcg), Vit D (1000iu), and Omega 3 Fish Oil (1000mg).

Taking those three little pills daily has made a world of difference!


145 posted on 02/16/2011 10:55:51 AM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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To: JamesP81

Sorry to keep chiming in, but I really relate to you. Things are better now.

I, too, was an old-school romantic (still am in many ways).

Again, we have to get out of self, keep expectations reasonable, put God above all else, be useful, and forget about all that Oprah “find yourself, know yourself, etc” crap.

Life is not like the movies or romance novels, and happiness is not the loftiest ideal.

Seek God, and you will know truth. And you will be content in your own skin, no matter what your present circumstances.


146 posted on 02/16/2011 10:55:51 AM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: JamesP81
There are is a lot of good people here. Follow their advice: doctor, the Bible, animal companionship. I hope it all works for you. I mean it.

It hasn't worked for me, but that's, I suppose, my problem, my circumstances. In dire straits still.

148 posted on 02/16/2011 10:57:06 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JamesP81

No matter how bad things seem, someone is feeling worse.....Imagine being a Detroit Lions fan.


149 posted on 02/16/2011 10:58:57 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: JamesP81

“He is supposed to have purpose for me, but I don’t know what it is. I hope He has something for me other than work 9-5 until I’m dead. “

God gave you a brain so you could find a purpose for yourself and give Him credit later if you feel like it. There will be no epiphany from God, despite what many will tell you, and you can wait a lifetime waiting for one.

If you are 29, have worked a productive job for a while, and have a little nest egg - well the world is your oyster.

The only suggestion I’d have is to travel someplace or places and see how other folks live - to some other country preferably.

You may find that you have a different perspective and appreciation for what you see now as a boring life.

If you don’t have an exciting enough/meaningful enough life - it’s not God’s fault, not anybody elses fault - it’s yours.

Remember this time, you may look back at it fondly should you be blessed with teenage daughters one day in the future.


150 posted on 02/16/2011 10:59:10 AM PST by RFEngineer
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