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This post is about fighting fair, the uses of trust, how to act in good faith, how your shame hurts others' feelings, apologies and forgiveness, asking for what you want, the subtle insult of manipulation, and the balance of power between two people. It's got a lot to say, and it goes on a bit. And since some of you are pulling stupid human tricks in your relationships, I'm not cut-tagging it, and I have disabled comments.

When the relationship is more important than what you get out of it, you agree on rules and then abide by them because that is the foundation of the relationship. Anything less implies that you do not respect your partner's ability to act in good faith or a lack of empathy for their betrayed feelings. Fighting fair implies that while you disagree on something, the disagreement is less important than the relationship that it arises from, and prioritizes your connection over your moments of disconnect.

When you ask for what you need it implies that you trust in your partner's willingness to fulfill your needs as best they can. When you don't trust your partner then you don't ask, and you use indirect tactics to get your needs met through trickery. Eventually that message of distrust is received, and hurts the feelings of the distrusted party. This person is forced to constantly chase after you, trying to read your mind to fulfill your unspoken needs to avoid feeling manipulated, distrusted, and misunderstood. That is not fighting fair, and it does not work very well. Eventually most people will also retaliate, matching your aloofness so that you are forced to pay the same attention to them so that the balance of power is restored. Then you both alternately ignore and pursue one another, and the underlying weakness from the lack of mutual support means that when external stresses are applied then your relationship falters and breaks up when it would have lasted in a more trusting environment.

When you catch yourself doing something hurtful, even if you did not intend such, apologize. To do otherwise implies that it is acceptable to you to risk your partner's feelings. Seek to make amends until the hurt feelings are soothed. Find ways to avoid problems that have recurred. Negotiate boundaries and context differences with caution and respect. Carelessness and lack of consideration imply that you are not planning for your relationship to last. When your lover is sorry and makes the effort to heal the divide between you, let go of your bad feelings and express your forgiveness. To do otherwise implies that you are interested in what you can gain from your lover's guilt and bad feelings. That is establishing trust.

If you love someone, take care of them. Speak their needs to them aloud, as best you understand, so that they can get used to engaging in dialog, giving voice the unspoken parts of themselves. Do not make it unsafe for them to want things by using what you know in order to hold an advantage over them. Do not test how much you can get away with to see how far such privilege goes; life will give you many tests of the bounds and strength of your relationship with no help from you. Do not judge yourself a failure at the first sign that you cannot meet all of someone's current needs. Trust that if you are loved your partner will give you back the care you have given. That is acting in good faith.

We learn hatred by hating ourselves. Eventually, that shame and negativity is externalized and projected onto those around us, even the people we love. Pushing people away comes in many forms, and two of them are reciprocal: hurting someone's feelings and withholding forgiveness when your feelings are hurt. Both keep your partner at an emotional distance that feels safer than the thought of letting go of your self-hatred and the fear that surrounds all shame. It's a coping strategy to buy time, but when time runs out you have to pick which has primacy: your relationship or your desire to not challenge your insecurities. When we prioritize hatred above love it is a tragedy, each time and always.

Love is NOT all you need, no matter what songs or storybooks tell you. Please invest yourself in trusting others, in forgiving yourself and them for the weaknesses that we all have, and build your relationships to last.

I love and trust you all. Please stop hurting each other.

love match

Jan. 11th, 2010 06:51 pm
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Dark and Wrong)
Fox News loves it's new commentator, Sarah Palin.

"I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News," Palin said in a statement posted on the network's Web site. "It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news."

With values in tandem and equal commitment to accuracy, they're perfect for each other.

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Watermelon-Cucumber Salad
(great on hot days)
2 cucumbers, peeled and cubed
small seedless watermelon
2 TBSPs fresh, chopped mint leaves
3 TBSPs lime juice
1 tsp sugar
crumbled feta (optional)

Slice small watermelon in half.
Scoop out flesh carefully, to leave the shells intact.
Cube watermelon, or using a melon baller, scoop them.
In a small pan, combine sugar, lime juice, and mint leaves. Simmer until slightly syrupy, then combine in a bowl with melon and cucumber.

Serve chilled in hollowed-out watermelon shells.
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Pumpkin Cookies:
1/2 cup butter
1&1/2 cups brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice

Sift dry ingredients (except spices) together separately. Cream shortening, spices, and sugar together. Add pumpkin, vanilla, and egg. Mix into dry ingredients, and drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375*F for 8 minutes.
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The Everything-Chip Cookies of Cracktastic Goodness )

I bake cookies for the holidays because it's the only kitchen-thing I've always known how to do. And I believe in the power of diversity, so this is an affirmative-action baked good. These are easy to not-screw-up, easy to give away, easy to eat many of. They go well with coffee, milk, orange juice, sushi, pizza, before bed, for breakfast - you can eat them with everything. They're mystic.

These are the cookies that win at life. They rolls straight sixes all the way across the board. Sometimes they roll sevens. If you get that reference, you deserve a cookie. Why don't you go make some?


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