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Somewhat Reduced Participation

Post by Curt Sunshine » 11 Dec 2019, 19:05


I have been actively involved here for 11 years. In that time, I have written over 16,000 posts and comments. Since this group was formed, almost exactly 1/8 of all posts and comments have been mine. This has not been and isn't "my site" in any way, but I have been a primary voice for over a decade.

My life right now is such that I need to reduce my participation somewhat. I am not leaving, nor am I withdrawing significantly in dedication, passion, spirit, or participation. I hope to continue to check in most days and read the posts and comments. I simply can't continue the past level of participation.

I thought about doing so without a formal announcement, but I felt a need to be open about the change. I love this group and have tried to help people accept themselves and their own attempts to find proper balances that can bring increased peace and joy. I know it has appeared to some people that I have "figured out all this stuff" (as one friend told me recently), so it is important that I state publicly I have not done so. I believe I never will - hoping that my journey will be one of never-ending changes and alterations as I try to accept "eternal progress" as a practical goal, not just an aspiration for life after death.

I have viewed the last 11 years as a mission or calling of my own choosing. I still see it that way, but I need to walk away from it as a "full-time" mission/calling and move to simple participation.

So, this is not, "Good-bye." It is, "See you a little less often." It simply is my attempt to be open about my current journey.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

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Re: Somewhat Reduced Participation

Post by Esportswatcher » 11 Dec 2019, 19:48

Curt I have enjoyed reading your comments over the past few years and I am grateful for your participation. I wish you the best with this new phase in life and I am glad to hear that you'll still be around a bit. To have been active hear for 11 years is quite a feat and especially have almost 1/8 of all site participation be your own. :clap:

But seriously, thank you for being here. This site helps a lot of people that never post/make accounts. Like how I was for years before there was a topic that I just had to comment on. :think: Even though I've moved on from participating at an LDS church this site helps me to navigate the online LDS communities I still participate in and not get too annoyed people.

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Re: Somewhat Reduced Participation

Post by mom3 » 11 Dec 2019, 19:48

May your new journey be wonderful. Thanks for letting us know. Merry Christmas.
"I stayed because it was God and Jesus Christ that I wanted to follow and be like, not individual human beings." Chieko Okazaki Dialogue interview

"I am coming to envision a new persona for the Church as humble followers of Jesus Christ....Joseph and his early followers came forth with lots of triumphalist rhetoric, but I think we need a new voice, one of humility, friendship and service. We should teach people to believe in God because it will soften their hearts and make them more willing to serve." - Richard Bushman

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Post by Ilovechrist77 » 12 Dec 2019, 01:08

Curt Sunshine, I'm grateful you'll still be with us, even if it will less than you used to be. Thank you so very much for your advice when I thought couldn't get through my faith crisis in one piece. I definitely don't have everything figured out yet, but I feel much more at peace with myself and my relationship with God. Thank you so much. You and your family have a merry Christmas.

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Post by Roy » 12 Dec 2019, 12:40

Thank you Curt. You (and others here [some that have since moved on]) were a life saver for me when I was in a true freefall of Faith Crisis.

There are now a number of us moderators that can help the new comers and continue the work.

Many hands make for light work. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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Re: Somewhat Reduced Participation

Post by REBEL2 » 12 Dec 2019, 14:28

Thanks for sharing Curt. Merry Christmas!!!!!

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Post by DarkJedi » 12 Dec 2019, 17:09

Thanks for all you have done. You have made a difference in my life and I am sure have done so for many others. I look forward to our continued relationship even if we "see" each other less often - such it is with many friendships. May God continue to bless you and yours and may you find a path to the peace you seek. Merry Christmas and Happy New year.
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Once there was a gentile...who came before Hillel. He said "Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot." Hillel converted him, saying: That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it."

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Re: Somewhat Reduced Participation

Post by Gerald » 15 Dec 2019, 05:58

God bless! You've always been a voice of reason to my mind. I'm glad you will still chime in from time to time.
So through the dusk of dead, blank-legended And unremunerative years we search to get where life begins, and still we groan because we do not find the living spark where no spark ever was; and thus we die, still searching, like poor old astronomers who totter off to bed and go to sleep, to dream of untriangulated stars.
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