Good Morning Forum Friends,
I left this part of an edited text concerning what i saw as a misunderstanding:
We are here for each other.
A little funny story just came to mind that sort of addresses the weaknesses of communicating in a forum like this. (I am reminded of skits where the Marx Brothers or Laurel & Hardy genuinely try to help each other....... )
Mark Twain wrote a short story once about a city that was populated by animals.
The community artist was a cat. The town commissioned him to produce a painting. After years of working on his project, the cat announced the unveiling. He set up the studio with a mirror to view the painting. (Something about increasing the focal length and purrrr-fecting the purrrr-spective..... artists!) Each member of the community came to view the painting they had paid for. The baker, a hen, stood in front of the mirror and said, "All I see is a hen. A nice enough looking hen. But a hen none-the-less." The chief of police came in and said, "All I see is a dog. A nice enough looking dog. But a dog none-the-less." The mayor came in and said, "All I see is an elephant. A nice enough looking elephant. But an elephant none-the-less." Everyone in the community came in, stood in front of the mirror, and said the same thing. Last to come in was the postman, a mule with great huge ears that stood taller than the mirror. He stood in front of the mirror and said, "All I see is an ass with no ears. A nice enough looking ass. But an ass none-the-less." The town animals got together and discussed how the cat had cheated them and was making fun of them. They ran him out of town.
The moral of the story is: You get from a picture that which you bring. Nothing more. Nothing less. And the ass can't see his ears.
We can't be chamelions in the sun, all things to everyone. We all unintentionally hurt and annoy others. We can't let small things keep us from the greater prize: The opportunity this forum provides to help people. All of you help me in ways I cannot communicate!
We can all work on our presentation of love to one another. We can also all work on understanding and tolerating each other. My favorite quote from Albert Einstein is "All that really matters is kindness, beauty, and truth." From the Bible (I know, I'm offending someone just bringing that up.) my favorite quote is from Micah 6:8, "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?"