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Hang With Friends

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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2012 at 9:47am

Speaking of parasites, please turn to page 132 in your Hymnals for our next song: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus"

Comment by Steph S. on August 9, 2012 at 9:16am
Chris and Patricia you sound like me. I like my own company and prefer to be alone and keep to myself. I just got rid of a human parasite myself. I am feeling much better now that those negative people are out of my life.
Tony thanks for the pic and I'm glad to see you here.
I enjoy all of you!
Comment by booklover on August 9, 2012 at 6:55am

Tony, I'm glad you got a day off! :)  And Ian, I love the (and cats)! :) Melinda

Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2012 at 3:36am

You are a lovely group of people (and cats). Thanks for being who you are.

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2012 at 2:52am

Thanks Patricia, you make me feel less of an oddity.

Comment by Patricia on August 9, 2012 at 2:16am

I keep running across that idea too Chris Breman....gotta have a social circle to stay healthy.....I say.....BS!!! I am not happy with people around me most of the time, & prefer my own company. Occasional visits with family, & casual acquaintances is about all I can stomach. We see family members & our kids a few times a year, which keeps it enjoyable....but we all have our own lives, which most of the time has very little common ground. Since my daughter got brainwashed when she got married, I know for a fact we wouldn't get along if we had to be around each other more than once a year or so. My boys are non-believers but the youngest is the only one who is easy to be around. None of us live in matching cities so the visits get spread out.....& I say fine by me!

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2012 at 1:50am

I see I'm not the only one who has got very few friends left and is happy with that. We rid ourselves from a clutter of human parasites some years ago (always there at mealtimes, leaving us with the dirty dishes and talking nonstop about viewpoints which they knew we hate). I hesitated a long time, also because of tests that warn you that your health and well-being are in danger when you have got a very small social network, but I feel so much better without those people!  

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 9, 2012 at 12:40am

This one made me laugh. Just had to share with you guys.

Comment by Paula T. on August 8, 2012 at 10:47pm
I lost my best friend a few years ago. She is VERY Roman Catholic, but I don't believe she reads the buybull or attend mass each week. She told me that I should read more (religious type BS) and not believe the stuff atheists say. She is totally messed up because of the religious upbringing and she was molested by her father and brothers as a child. She's married for the 2nd time to a snake and I do not like him. She sent me another FB friend request and I blocked her. She also wrote a message to my boyfriend asking if I was ok. He didn't respond. I feel sad that she is so unhappy, so deeply, and feels that religion is the key to happiness. Gawd will make everything better...
Comment by Patricia on August 8, 2012 at 9:56pm

Thanks Tony, it's great here.

 

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