The journey from there to here

When I came to Joeuser, it was in the middle of a time of conflict. I didn't realize it, and stuck my foot in my mouth a time or two, causing me to get off on rather rought footing with a few fellow bloggers. But, I stuck it out, and, to me, I am forever grateful I did. Many people here on Joeuser came to help us out in no small way (some in ways I really can't say here, out of respect for their privacy), and I am truly indebted to ALL of you who have contributed in one way or another, through reading, commenting, clubbing me upside the head verbally when I needed it, what have has helped make me a better human being.

That is why the latest round of conflict has hit me so hard. I can only liken it to a "sucker punch", as many people that I have come to care deeply about have been hurt, sometimes by others I care equally deeply about. While such is too often the nature of human interaction, it does not need to be.

How many have lived and died in a quest to teach us better, more proper ways to interact? Have their messages gone unheeded, that we would forget, and tear down others who could be so much more to us? I'm the king of stupid comments, and not entirely without guilt when it comes to saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, and so this is directed as much at myself as any of you. But it is my sincere hope that I have been effective at conveying my sorrow when I say or do something really stupid, and it is an equally sincere hope that I can inspire others to do the same.

on Dec 07, 2004
I'm glad you stuck it out Gideon. You are an inspiration to many bloggers here and truly a voice of sanity on a sometimes wacky site.
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