ELEVEN YEARS on this Discussion Group

by Terry 23 Replies latest jw friends

  • Terry

    I looked at my statistics this morning:


    Joined 11 years ago

    started 1,660 topics

    posted 16,907 times


    I look back on the topics I started and posts I made and see a life journey, like an errant roadmap leading from smart-ass to Senior knucklehead.

    It has been quite a trip!

    I miss the wonderful people who passed through these gates who watered at our oasis and went on their way. Great characters no author of fiction would dream of creating, one and all.

    More and more folks arrive each month like refugees from a tyrannical overlord purging a fiefdom of dissent.

    It is good to keep in mind, these new people are collateral damage in a kind of silent warfare. Newbies are stunned, wounded, angry and bewildered.

    They have, what is to the rest of us, the SAME OLD questions, POV's and complaints we here have already hacked our way through with steel-sharp machetes of inquiry and debate. But for them, it is square one.

    I just wanted to say on this topic, I think a lot of healing can be done in this place.

    I was an angry, chip-on-my-shoulder antagonist when I arrived full of piss and vinegar and very full of myself.

    I've been softened into more of a normal human being because of the wonderful patience and love found here.

    People come and they go. This is as it should be. But, for those of us who have remained after a decade, we've found something greater than virtual fellowship and social conviviality.

    There is something more. . .

    the cream rises to the top.

  • Saintbertholdt

    Dear poster,

    Has it really been five, 10 or 15 years? If not, please disregard this and get back to work.

    Distribute token of appreciation and applaud.

  • nancy drew
    nancy drew
    This is an interesting place and you start usually after crashing the gates of the organization. i stop in occasionally now because i was once a witness but all that seems far away. This is a good place to get on the road to recovery.
  • Terry

    Nancy Drew, James Woods asks about you all the time.

    Where have you been?

  • nancy drew
    nancy drew
    Tell James woods hello for me i really miss all the wibble fun. i felt like maybe I had moved on from the Jw pain and was having fun on the site and people felt like that was insensitive to what the site was for. It was very therapeutic for me to write imaginary stories and funny things but some felt it inappropriate I guess so I just backed off. Now I just drop in out of curiosity.
  • WingCommander
    I'm at like 14-15 years now. I can't wait for the day (soon, imminent!!!) when I'll have actually been on this board longer than when I was in the cult.
  • Splash

    11 years Terry!

    You are one of the best!

    Here's to the next 11!

  • adjusted knowledge
    adjusted knowledge

    I left the borg before learning all the TTAT and found this site some 12 years ago. I was just a lurker but it helped me understand I made the right decision.

    A lot of wonderful people are long gone from this site but I enjoy digging up old posts and reading them.

  • nicolaou
    Well said Terry. Nice to have travelled such a long way, sharing time with you and SO MANY people who have taken turns we didn't follow.
  • WingCommander

    I miss the posts of:

    1.) Nina Crumpet (living the X-JW dream in actual Paradise, the Canary Islands)

    2.) Brook

    3.) RichieRich (some kind of tattoo and piercing artist...kinda extreme whack)

    4.) That red dot dude, or the 7up guy? Farkel perhaps? (passed on) RIP

    5.) That dude who had the Egor avatar? Think he killed himself after being tormented by this cult his entire life. RIP

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