Your relationship to my brain has always been central to our cooperation, so, I believe you will trust my words (said in earnest, from the heart). I know that the information you are being inundated with right now is some pretty rancid, unrelenting vitriol, however, that is only part of the reality you and I reside in. I am not discounting the relevance of allowing emotional expression, but I do expect a bipartisan effort in forward operations regardless. Everyone can have their say, as long as we can all still function normally (ideally).
Despite the revelatory insurrection, there are several things which can be said, truthfully, definitively:
Eric, you have a magnetic personality, a deadly poignant sense of humor, and a charisma that inspires others.
Despite all the numerous mistakes you have made in your past, you are still out there trying for better (nearly) every single day.
Lastly, you are proven strong through fact, capable and dependable in your aspirations, and your duties are done with love and honor.
Despite a history littered with debilitating landmines, there are still compromises, missteps and occasional mutilations. The future can’t be set in one direction, because it is an amalgamation of myriad recesses, peaks, troughs and all the undulations of a matured life.
Sometimes just a few freely flung words have a significant impact…
The self is a puzzle with pieces that change shape, move on their own or hide somewhere far away, never to become a part of the completed picture.