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Comment by Richard Healy on November 16, 2010 at 11:49pm
Well my in-box preserved your original (deleted) post - so I did read it in the end and I can understand something possibly about what you mean. And I mentioned it only becuase it - while it may not be wholly accurate solution, and I don't much find myself persuaded that it is - I do think it's a good stop-check to getting too wound up in yourself.

By way of a random for instance, I see a lot of profiles on those dating websites that make people sound so miserable!

I've gone for eccentric, I suppose, but I did that after reading through other people's profiles and noting what I thought worked and didn't. I'm happy doing my things (more or less) and this is them.

One of my favourite profiles on OKC is a guy I've now been chatting too for several weeks who is from Ireland which genuinely made me laugh out loud several times. Any dating profile which succeeds in not only cracking a smile but having the merit of being geuinely funny is one I'm likely going to come back to. I think it's a mark of the "kind" of thing my friend means when a dating profile is less about listing the specificities of the person you are seeking but stands by itself and draws you in:

"I am not tall dark and handsome, though I probably don't have rabies either."
Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2010 at 11:35pm
Richard you keep tempting me, but the tickets are too expensive and anyway by the time I get through airport security my need for fondling will be sated. But not the kissing.....

It's all fine and good to love ourselves, but sitting in front of a toasty warm fire place with a glass of wine and myself and me, never was enough. Plus I'll accept a number of flaws and incompatibilities not to grow old alone. Not too many, but I can handle socks on the floor and having a night person in my morning person life.
Comment by Richard Healy on November 16, 2010 at 11:19pm
Marx, I agree - sort of - I've no real experience of this so cannot for definite say, however a friend has expressed a similar idea, only he terms it 'flowing' which is a bit romantic, but I get what he's driving at. He says when we flow inwards and focus on ourselves we turn our attention inward tends become negative and self-obsessed (do they like me?) depressive (no-one likes me why should they?) and 'paranoid' (They definitely don't like me). I'm caricaturing it, but he sees it a lot of closeted people on the web (I'm one of those) who arrive on support forums agonising over their emotions and why they'll never find a date or love and the world is against them. Now in some ways that is true (Americas bizarro-world crazy attitude towards gays/ courts / military is a fine an upstanding example of modern bigotry) but in a method reminiscent of that 'the power to change those thgins that I can and recognise those I cannot' deal - the solution to increased happiness and the curative to a loveless and destitute existence he says is to reverse the flow. So be less concerned with whether people will think you are kind, funny, loving etc and start *doing* kind, loving things, rather than sitting at home worrying about other people's perceptions. This has the benefits you might expect - it takes the focus of of you and projects it onto others (eg volunteering) or onto an activity IF you want to term it as a cause and effect you then stand a greater chance of being perceived as kind, funny, loving, when you are being kind, funny and loving you'll be around other people (from whence chance encounters and attractions can occur).

I think that kind of....attitude if I cna call it that dovetails rather nicely with what you were saying which is that if we think we need a partner to complete us (we are incomplete) or to be satisfied (we are unsatisfied) then this is the inward flow. The best friend, the one we can take care of, the happiness we can share is the outward flow when we focus our energies outward onto others and not wholly onto ourselves.

It's all a bit fluffy language for my tastes - BUT - I do appreciate the sentiment.
Comment by Richard Healy on November 16, 2010 at 11:07pm
Dan, I never had any complaints. ;-)
Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2010 at 9:56pm
I just wrote a long comment then erased it. Too much overshare and too jaded.

All of my major relationships have been with nontheist. I never made that a rule, it jsut happened.

If I had to do it over again, I think I'd go for the best kisser & cuddler. That was a semi-evangelical Methodist minister on the downlow.
Comment by Marx on November 16, 2010 at 9:09pm
Consider the possibility that the happiness we seek outside ourselves, particularly in a relationship with another, is a dead end. No one else can make us happy, and no relationship can make us complete. Happiness is not something that we find outside ourselves. It is something that we find, or rather, cultivate within ourselves. The one who can best meet our needs, be the best friend that we can have, be the one who can comfort us and take care of us the best, is none other than our own self. I believe that once we become the one that we seek, once we no longer seek love from others, but seek to share the love that we have for our self with everyone else – that is when we will attract love from others.
Comment by Richard Healy on November 16, 2010 at 5:56pm
Here's mine
Comment by Dominic Florio on November 16, 2010 at 5:51pm
I feel the same way Philip. I miss being in love. I go from dating site to dating site. All I want is a stable person who is not religious, shares some interests, and is willing to share everyday life with me. There I go, writing my personal ad. LOL It seems that the closer technology brings us to each other, the further it keeps us apart. But, I'm not giving up either.
Comment by Phillip Borders on November 16, 2010 at 5:21pm
Richard and Dominic- Thank you for your comments. I have used internet dating sights and have been left a bit jaded. Maybe I should try it again. Dominic, I think you said it best when you said "let alone anyone of quality." That has been my issues- finding a mature, trustworthy person. There is a gay dating sight that costs $1000. That could also be an option, I guess. Seems too manufactured but it may provide men interested in a serious relationship. I'm trying not to give up on love.
Comment by Dominic Florio on November 15, 2010 at 5:10pm
Philip writes:
I am finding it difficult to meet men to date(and hopefully for something more). I would prefer to date an atheist. Anyone have advice?
Dom writes:
If anyone knows the answer to that one, please let me know also. I've tried dating sites and a local atheist meet-up, but find it difficult to meet an atheist, let alone anyone of quality, for a relationship.

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