very well, but when it comes to human relationships, there are way too
many unknowns. I realized this years ago, but just sort of accepted
the fact that I would always be confused by them.
Though recently I have been surprised at how much peace I get from
speaking my mind and telling the other person exactly how I feel. In
the past, when I was finally able to open up, it would be accompanied
by so much emotion I'd usually end up making the other person upset.
Now I'm able to wait a little while, detach myself, and say how I feel
in a calm manner. This way I feel like I am able to get everything off
of my chest and then punt the ball back in the other person's court.
Even if the outcome isn't exactly as I might have hoped, I do feel
like there is little else I can do and as a result, tend not to dwell
on the issue very much. Some people don't like to talk about things
openly (ever) so I still need to come up with a way to deal with this,
but just being up front with friends about the importance of this
issue (before conflicts arise) might be enough for me to solve most of