there's been a lot swirling around me recently, and i was grateful last night for a chance to be in a place free of distractions where i could sit and think and get the right perspective again.
times like that are priceless and essential.
finally beginning to realize that loving the people in my life and being there for them doesn't mean i have to internalize all the extra pain as well. because usually that degenerates into some kind of weird self-absorbed martyr complex that doesn't do anyone any good, really.
also, learning that you yourself cannot 'save' anyone. while you can be a help and encouragement, i'm beginning to understand that much of that is between the person in question and God himself.