Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Dash of Sympathy

by Joanna E. Dickson

Familiar far too well with the torment of heartbreak, I want to remind everyone that the pain goes both ways. It may hurt to have one’s heart torn to shreds, but it can be an equally painful and tormenting experience while standing in the shoes of the one doing the tearing.

A message to those on either side: Exercise an element of understanding with a dash of sympathy, sometimes things just aren’t meant to be. Every experience is for our benefit. Sooner or later you will look back on the gloomier moments in your life to discover innumerable lessons learned and know Heavenly Father was with you every step of the way.

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Pinching pennies got you singin’ the dating blues? Here are some red-hot date ideas that will get you out while saving a little green:

Take a date on a fun and informative walk through a scale model of the solar system accompanied by beautiful views along the way! For more information, visit www.anchorageplanetwalk.org.

Have a GPS or an iPhone with a GPS “app”? If so, you’re almost set for a fun date of geocaching. Geocaching is a world-wide high-tech treasure hunt you don’t want to pass up. Go to www.geocaching.com for more information and start collecting coordinates today!

Disc golf is a great date activity around town that caters to varying level of athleticism and is free to participate in, though you have to purchase your own discs (less than $30 for three discs; not bad). There are multiple courses within Anchorage and the surrounding area. For more information, visit www.alaskadiscgolf.com.

(This will probably be condensed and published in the March 2010 issue of the Anchorage, Alaska Institute of Religion newsletter).

***Note to those wondering why I posted this before the newsletter is out: I felt like it needed to be posted now rather than later. Kindly, back off.***


Your Alibi said...

I would like to commend your view that the hurt from a heart break indeed does go both ways in some conditions. As you put it nicely it is not just the person being broken up, but also the person doing the break when it is realised the relationship is stagnant but both still have feelings.

Joanna E. Dickson said...

Thank you for the comment.

tasflowrance said...

Thank you for this good topic