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Completely Off Topic

Some of you are alone – or feel alone – on this road we call Life.

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Perhaps you did not always feel this way, or have to live with this fact, but – now – death, divorce, disenfranchisement, the march of time.. circumstance – has you flying solo.

Alone in the crowd.

If this does not describe you – rejoice! For you have (for now) escaped a cruel pain!

If it does.. I am not sure what to say to you. I think my words will seem weak.. and meaningless. But I also feel compelled to say them anyway. Please don’t think the world, or “life” has rejected you; I can practically guaranty it hasn’t, but it has presented you with a different set of challenges.

And I ain’t trying to be “preachy”, but please do not try to ease your discomfort with the soothing calmness found in the bottle or (non-prescription) drugs. The cost of the temporary relief is a worsening of everything else (it’s called a “vicious circle” for a darn good reason).

I am not being unsympathetic, but I ask you to look at your situation as a challenge, and I ask you to think about – how have you solved other challenges in your life? (You must have solved many – or you wouldn’t still be here.) And I remind you that sometimes to get those challenges resolved, we need to call in some help to get the job done. There’s no shame in that.. there is simply no way I could get my full-size sleeper-sofa into my 2nd floor apartment by myself – even though I am a manly man of the ruggedly independent sort.

Okay. Maybe that wasn’t a good example. But I hope you see my point. You do not have to be alone in the crowd. You can (and should) ask for help if you think you might benefit from it.

For those interested, I found an old “coping with loss” Q & A article on WebMD that you may find practical and helpful, here.

If you are alone – or feel alone – on this road we call Life, do not sit down and stop walking it. OK? I ain’t going to tell you the Land Of True Happiness, Milk, And Honey is “just around the next bend”.

How would I know if it’s there? You might have to go ’round six or seven bends.
Or ten. Or two.

But keep walking.

Who knows who you will meet, or what you will find. But if you sit in the middle of the road, you’ll get run over.
And that hurts.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”  ~ Mark Twain

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July 9, 2011 - Posted by | advice


  1. Hi Paul.

    Completely off topic.
    And moving and touching.

    br nh


    Comment by dkdude | July 9, 2011 | Reply

    • dkdude,
      I appreciate your taking the time to let me know that someone out there valued my brief detour away from “tech” today.


      Comment by techpaul | July 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. I really needed to read this today, Paul.

    Thank you. :-)


    Comment by Paul | July 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Paul,
      Always nice to see you here. I appreciate your support.

      PS – I’m glad you were able to (mostly) restore/recover your website.
      Ah, the importance of backups, eh?


      Comment by techpaul | July 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. You have no idea (or maybe you do know) how much this means to me Paul. It seems like you know exactly what I need to hear, when I need to hear it. This is one of those. I also realize that this article may be a therapeutic note to yourself. But, know this… I am and always will be here to lend you a hand if you need it. You are a valuable part of my life… not just tech related, but in every other aspect of the life of this character called Y.O. Some reciprocity is in order. Feel free to ask, anytime!


    Comment by Y.O. | July 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Y.O.,
      You are very kind, and I thank you!


      Comment by techpaul | July 10, 2011 | Reply

  4. -timely post techpaul, many thanks
    Pharmaceuticals Anonymous at recommends-
    Free to download – DOCTOR YOURSELF by Dr. Andrew Saul – a wonderful audio book about how to build health with good food.


    Comment by dar | July 10, 2011 | Reply

    • dar,
      Always good to see you here, and I appreciate your support.


      Comment by techpaul | July 10, 2011 | Reply

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