stand4hope Posted August 23, 2004 Share Posted August 23, 2004 Some faithful members aren't posting much, or not at all, and I know why: We've had a lot of grief, have lost some of our precious "rocks", and all that sadness has been iced with too much off-topic negativity. It's sad when a negative post receives four times more hits and responses than one of our members who is crying for help. I am just as guilty as everyone else. I am drawn to the negative posts as well as the rest - it's just normal human nature. And yes, it drags down my mental attitude. I am going to throw out two suggestions to everyone reading this thread and that is to please overcome the negativity by doing two things: 1. Ignore it and don't respond to it, and 2. Flood the board with messages of love, hope and caring to those that need it. I mean it FLOOD IT!!!!!!!! Again, I'm confessing guilt to no. 1 above, but from now on I promise to hold my tongue. Please understand that I am NOT talking about the times when you need to vent, rant or whine about whatever - whether it's justified or not - I think everyone agrees that is ok. You feel how you feel, and in most cases, you are looking for ways to get through whatever it is that's troubling you. I think everyone knows the kind of stuff I'm talking about. We have had approximately eight new members this week alone and every one of them needs every one of our welcome posts. Remember what it was like when you were new and so scared. Even though the posts sometimes feel repetitious because we’ve done it so many times, they ARE NOT repetitious to the new person OR to the person who has been in our family for a while and is in need of help, advice, someone to talk to, or a shoulder to cry on. My point is this: Yes, we’ve lost some very precious rocks (better-named GEMS), but guess what, we have a 1300 other GEMS here that need our love and support, and if we welcome them, they will become as precious and valuable to us as the Mo's, TBone's, DavidA's, Earl's, etc. And, yes, we’ve had some negativity, but the Bible says: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21). We can do that!!!!! No problem! I hope all of our solid, regular posters that are lurking in the shadows will come back as soon as possible. We need you here – at least I know I definitely need you here. God bless you all, Peggy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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