|The latest empty park bench picture I took (yes I still take them). I took this one May 19, 2016 in the Norfolk Botanical Gardens when I visited it with my wife and daughter. So no I was not alone and I did not feel alone! I liked the composition.|
This realization together with a text message exchange with a true friend and lunch with another, culminated in that realization that I am not alone, but that I need to make a concerted effort to purge myself from the negative people that surround me (sorry Bob ... nah, not really sorry at all ... good riddance) and cultivate my current friendships and enjoy the people who have the political, cultural and social values that I have. I know I have started this process in the past and will continue to do so (and at times when I let those toxic people back into my life, they turned toxic again; it is just a matter of time). I am not purging myself from people who think different but only from those who are obnoxious about it and toxic, we need a healthy discourse and friendship.
|These are my baby steps to my independence from toxic people around me and embracing of friends and like minded people. (Photo taken on 11/29/2016 at the Virginia Arboretum during one of my favorite things to do: a walk in nature).|