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  •  Help do research Kathy (7+ / 0-)

    I bet your talents are limitless, so don't sell yourself short.  

    Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.—Greg King

    by Pinto Pony on Sat May 11, 2013 at 12:48:22 PM PDT

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    •  I did that at one point here. We were digging (9+ / 0-)

      the dirt on districts for an election. I did alright. But I think I am the envelope licker type. And those are usually the cute young ones not some dried up old prune.

      Yeah you are right I AM selling myself short. And am very depressed. I will get over it or not.

      Validate my parking Validate my parenting Validate my politics Validate my religion And I will be happy.

      by 88kathy on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:07:38 PM PDT

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      •  Come on Kat!! (12+ / 0-)

        Hell, I'm 67, ugly & as chunky as home made soap, but I say "piss on it!"!   Grab my hand sugar, let's go for it and at least make a difference in the time I've got left in this world!..  I'm game, are you??  I bet you are brilliant, and will most likely show me up.!

        Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.—Greg King

        by Pinto Pony on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:20:26 PM PDT

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      •  A use for us. (13+ / 0-)

        I have LONG felt that there has to be a use for those of us (you sound like I feel, 88kathy, so I'm saying 'us') those of us who don't spark with people.

        We are reclusive, or introverted, or just lack self-confidence, and we know it. So door-to-door and telephones and staffing the booth at the fair are out for us. We would repel people, not draw them in.

        I'm not selling myself or anyone else short; I am telling an uncomfortable truth.

        But we want to be of use! So we sign the petitions and send money when we can; we post things on social networks and comment thoughtfully; we enter conversations with family and co-workers when we have our facts; we are encouraging; and we wonder if there isn't something more we could do.

        Thinking on it, I realize that everything we progressives do is done one person at a time. One writer of a book or letter, and one reader at a time. One phone call to one person. One marcher, one sign-holder, one office-holder. One vote. One donation. One person searching the web for facts.

        It all adds up, and so I don't fault myself for being introverted. I use the talents I have.

        It's not about the hundred people whose minds you can't change. It's about the two people you empower. ~ Beth Ditto

        by dejavu on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:48:14 PM PDT

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      •  I remember when I heard someone say (9+ / 0-)

        "75% of life is just showing up" and I thought it sounded silly.  Then that thought kept coming back into my head over time and in different situations and I realized just how true it is.  It sounds like you are a person who shows up, physically or virtually. That's important.  Activism is frustrating, and I know I'm not telling you anything new.  The lulls when you feel like you are making no progress are depressing.  The three steps back after two steps forward, hard to handle.  But some of the time it's three steps forward, two steps back, and most of the things we're working on now are big things, or rather big issues, not easy to solve.  It's going to be a long process.  I always think of the civil rights movement and the LGBT rights movement.


        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:35:10 PM PDT

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      •  You are someone (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Lujane, northsylvania

        I've always taken a liking to.
        I hope the depression passes.

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