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.
And more, much more, the heart may feel,
Than the pen may write or the lip reveal.
Winthrop Mackworth Praed