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A Year of Living Positively -Day 49

Residue from the bad experience yesterday: I let slip a reprimand against one of the recreational group's managers who was joyfully trumpeting the success of yesterday's event on the group web page, which had the effect of rubbing more salt into my burns. He was talking about how he (J) and A invite people to post their own events and that the two of them would "manage details", so I posted a comment saying that overtaking events hosted/posted by others, and substituting them was wrong. As neither of them have even voiced any sentiment like concern that there had been some confusion or something over creating events on January 31st, I was offended. His response to someone in the group, an avid and consistent participant no less, feeling offended when I said that his and A's actions were reprehensible, he banned me and told me to create my own group "with people I liked", adding something to the effect that he and A were victims. Yeah. Well, that behaviour only proves my point, for a friend (a) would have talked to me, and (b) expressed some level of concern if there had simply been a mistake or honest mix-up. Who needs false friends, anyway?

Actually, I had been thinking of creating a walking group for people take long walks when they didn't feel like mountain climbing, because there are many who are not fit enough--incidentally. like J himself who has not been able to go on mountain hikes for several months because he has become so unfit--for strenuous mountain climbing but who would like to go on long walks in scenic areas such as the river and seaside paths. However, it would not look good for me to do that at the moment; people would misconstrue it. For now, then, I am planning a iver walk on March 8, International Women's Day. For me, this is a more constructive and positive response to my predicament. It is planned as a public fundraising event and action in the cause of ending violence against women. This city is lacking a substantive event for March 8th, so I hope people see it as a valuable service to the community and a worthwhile event.

It's best to turn something negative into something positive, and not dwell on people who have wronged me. It is better to find better company.

Today, I am doing household chores and resting. Also, I must make the call to my brother.

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