Sitting poolside and guilt-free.

by Open mind 9 Replies latest jw friends

  • Open mind
    Open mind

    It was a couple years ago that my wife awakened to the true nature of JWism. Today is our first overnighter (sans kids). At home this morning we called in to the K Hall, listened to about 2 minutes of the public talk, had a couple good laughs and continued with a leisurely brunch.

    Then we took off to one of our favorite local hideaways to spend the night.

    No kids. (We love them dearly and they know it.)

    No JWs.

    Just us.

    Life post-JW can be VERY, VERY good.


    p.s. I wrestled with whether or not to share this when there's so many painful stories on JWN. But I thought it might be good, particularly for the lurkers, to know that there can be a light at the end of post-JW tunnel that isn't a TRAIN.

  • wasblind

    Sharing this is the best medicine, for people with painful stories

    gives them hope

  • White Dove
    White Dove

    I, for one, would love to hear all the good stories, too.

    It really does give people hope.

    So glad you and the missus had a wonderful time.

  • Open mind
    Open mind

    Room Service breakfast with a view? Yes.

    Daily Text to go with it? No.

    *Clink our coffee cups together to keep Elders away*


  • Pams girl
    Pams girl

    Aint love and life grand!

    Happy for you both! Paula x

  • Intel

    So, OpenMind I will join your "Happy Club"

    It is now 55 days that my dissasociation has been announced.....the first FREE 55 days in my life....since I was 15 (=Baptism age).

    There where very bad days...dark days, mostly because I miss my little Baby girl. Besides that, life without "ThE TrUTh" is good.

    I actually met a wonderful girl. We have been going out. Today I was at a big shopping mall, and crossed my path with a "sister" (a very good friend of my to be former wife). If LOOKS COULD KILL.... (HER's not mine). I just felt sorry for her....because her marriage is so shitty, and she has to stick with a Organization that is all about Death & Destruction.

    My girlfriend and me spent a very, very nice sunny day slendering around, hand in hand in inner peace. True inner peace. Feels good. Feels damn good!!!!!!!!

  • ABibleStudent

    Hi Open mind, keep the good stories rolling!! I would rather hear good stories than heart-breaking ones.

    Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,


  • OnTheWayOut

    It's good that you shared this. It's a shame you still listen to 2 minutes of that stuff, but to each his own.

  • nancy drew
    nancy drew

    Since we left and moved to another state it's been pretty good. Everything new and fresh especially our thinking no barriers to new ideas, I didn't realize how narrow one's thinking becomes as a jw until I left.

    It's true I don't have the answers but now I read so many different books and listen to whatever lectures and ideas that interest me and I'm enjoying the search.

    yes we have been to countless restaurants, museums and even tourist attractions like dolphin boat rides and dinner boat rides and the botanical gardens historic house tours and there's no guilt that somehow we should be spending our time doing the will of the org. We,ve done more in the last year than we did in the last 20 yrs.

  • Open mind
    Open mind

    Pam's Girl: Thanks!!

    Intel: Congratulations on your new life.

    ABibleStudent: "I would rather hear good stories than heart-breaking ones."

    Thanks for the thumbs up.

    OTWO: Thanks for the partial thumbs up.

    We stay somewhat up-to-date on meeting info for the benefit of extended JW family. There is one family in particular that we have a fair amount of hope in possibly reaching as they are VERY liberal (by JW standards) and somewhat "rebellious" towards "Theocratic Direction". If we become known as completely inactive and possibly apostate, we'll likely lose our audience and relationship with them. If our limited exposure to JWism was threatening our sanity or happiness, we'd cut if off completely.

    Nancy Drew: "We,ve done more in the last year than we did in the last 20 yrs."

    That's the spirit!


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