On my soapbox

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By Carolyn Risner

My life is good. I have a job that supplies my needs. Children who love me. Friends who support me. A man who understands real partnership.

Yes, indeed, my life is good and it takes a lot to get me riled.

I've mellowed a lot in my old age.

I once stressed about everything and now seldom stress about anything-though perhaps there are some things I should worry about.

When considering relationships, I weigh the good they do/are against the bad and if there are more positive things, I cling.

If they're negative, I cut my losses and move on.

I'm developing more patience with people as I mature, and perhaps it's because of the nature of this career I've chosen.

Too many times over the years, I've been on the receiving end of a tongue-lashing when someone felt they were wronged-even though nine times out of 10 it wasn't my fault.

I try to be more understanding, more compassionate, more tolerant.

But there are a few things that just make me grind my teeth, hold my breath and try to refrain from using a number of colorful adjectives.

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