On a personal note, 2005 is ending with one of those unwanted gifts that may have to grow on you.
I recently spent time in a specific environment that I had chosen, in preference to various others, in the hope that it would be safe and nurturing.
As luck would have it, it was neither. In fact, it was extraordinarily bruising. Not only was there a dead ringer for my own dear ex – in terms of both physical appearance and behaviour – but there was, overall, an exceptionally high level of verbal abuse. (The verbally abusive behaviours enumerated in my free quiz at www.joyfulcoaching.com were ably represented.)