Hi Des, it will ne nice to have words of wisdom from people who have been in the organization for so long. I'm glad that you made the decision to post. Much more fun than simply lurking. Looking forward to hearing more from you.
I love you Old timers
you were the real Pioneers
I've been around the board for about as long as you so I feel like I already know alot of these people.I 've been associated with the witnesses since around 1968.I was a baby then, indoctrinated from the start.
Wha-hey! Hiya desertflower, and ChiChiMama, glad to have you here.
It's hard, the first post, but doesn't it feel good now?
Hello and welcome to the board.
No matter how thin you slice it there are always two sides
Hello, desert flower, your comments struck a chord. I'm an avid lurker here, and an occasional poster. My husband and I were baptised in 1959 and 1961, and have been out about 2 years. You're right, leaving is hard because of family and friend networks, and also having to admit to one's own foolishness. It's much easier to stay and keep quiet, and I know a few who are doing just that. However, the peace of mind that comes from following one's conscience is wonderful.
As for shunning, the few that do it to us only confirm how right we were to leave the cult. Making new friends is difficult because we've spent so long acting as "alien residents", that now we're almost like refugees, starting from scratch.
So - lots of fellow feeling from us, and hope all goes well with you.
WELCOME to you,
As for me, "in the Truth" in about 30 years it's hard for me to admit "I'm wrong" , especially I still conducting a Bible stdudy with a nice family. All my Bible students in this group now are Uni. and Colleges students. Fortunally, they accept my honest and say "Please stay with us and continue Bible Study the way you can.." It's a bit fun for I conducted this group since I still be "in The Truth" (that time I reported every month to the JDubs). We still get along well...
Anyhow it's well to be here, and as you can see, we know more about Watchtower than when we were inside the WACOtower walls ? Isn't it ?
You did it! You're first post, doesn't it feel good? Welcome, we're very glad to have you around.
Thank all of you for your respond. Guess we need to feel welcome
and that make us braver for the next post. JW you made me feel
special. Glad someone like older ex witnesses. Will tell more