This week: A Burden Shared...Edited by: Elle
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As much as we'd like to pretend otherwise, bad things happen. It's a fact of life that we all come to accept. How we deal with what life throws at us varies from person to person though. lizco252 explored some of the different ways of grieving in "The Drama of Grief" , and it got me to thinking about other ways that we cope with negative situations and negative emotions. For most of us on this site, one of those ways is writing.
One of the things that I like about Writing.com is that there is so much diversity contained in this site that there is bound to be someone you can connect with. Whether you are a Christian, Wiccan, Muslim or atheist, there is bound to be someone else here who has made the same religious choice as you. Whether you're interested in reading spiritual, romantic, science fiction or vore, there is bound to be someone else here with those same interests.
None of us are the exactly same, and I would never suggest that any two negative experiences would be identical. But the chances are very high that there is someone else on this site who has been through something similar enough to understand. And there's a unique kind of comfort in knowing that you're not alone, and that someone understands.
There are a multitude of ways to express your negative emotions on this site. Some blog, sharing their experiences honestly and even asking for help or opinions. Some couch their experiences and emotions in poetry, perhaps obscuring the meaning to all except the those who can read between the lines. Some share their experiences as short stories, some written clearly as non fiction and some projecting their experiences and emotions on to fictional characters, giving them leave to explore options that they couldn't (or wouldn't) choose in real life. Yet others write informative articles that seek to educate.
It doesn't matter what vehicle you use to share. For many the simple act of writing is sufficient release, but others will seek (and find) that unique understanding and connection.
Just remember to rate your writing appropriately.
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The following comments were made in response to "Learning about other religions" :
'With respect to the newsletter on world religions and tolerance. My dad is much like yours. Although he's actually a licensed Baptist minister. But he also believes in knowing what others believe and why before you ever talk to them about your own beliefs. I've also picked up that aspect and though I'm a Christian I believe Christ would want me to know and love everyone, no matter what they believe. Why? Because that's what Christ taught, tolerance and love. For me Christianity is not a religion but a way of life. Prayer and love.' ~ Elfin Dragon - poetry fiend
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