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    Great to hear your personal stories. As I get older I care less about what others think of me and now I'm 42 the only person whose respect I am trying to earn is my own. This forum is refreshing, it's people and their will making right decisions over and over. Congratulations to all who are achieving their goals and defeating their demons.
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    I'm wary of making any grand chest-beating pronouncements one way or the other on my toughness. You'll know how tough or smart or ethical you are when you're offered an enticing choice of being none of these things. That's when the moment of discovery comes, and the men are separated from the boys.

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    Born in the "Wild West" of china with the "barbarians" under the commie regime. Raging ethnic warfare in my hometown.

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    I forgot my french press once and had to drink instant coffee like some kind of peasant.

    There, that is toughness for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canio6 View Post
    I forgot my french press once and had to drink instant coffee like some kind of peasant.

    There, that is toughness for you.
    O.M.G. I don't know how you survived! You're so brave!

    (I didn't know that instant coffee was still a thing.)
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    I have mixed feelings on this. I've had no choice but to be "tough" my whole life. Grew up in a orchard growing and farming family with very little money. We worked long, hard hours in brutal weather day in and day out. We didn't know any different though and never thought to complain. Worked 2-3 tough jobs to put myself though college, again, never occurred to me to want anything different.

    I then developed a severe autoimmune disorder with disabling pain and pretty rough treatments....blah, blah, blah ....I guess we all have our stories.

    Here's the thing though. I am tired of being tough. Just for a while I want to be warm and comfortable. So if hardship is supposed to make us tougher and stronger, why am I just getting less and less toleranct of it?
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    Oh - and one other thing I find funny in regard to toughness. All the dogs I've ever owned were rough and tumble mutts that could push themselves to their physical limits and endure freezing cold, and other kinds of hardships.

    But, every one of them knew how to find the MOST comfortable spot on the sofa or on the bed. They would all seek out soft pillows to rest their head on. So I'm not sure that being tough means going without comfort
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammies View Post
    Oh - and one other thing I find funny in regard to toughness. All the dogs I've ever owned were rough and tumble mutts that could push themselves to their physical limits and endure freezing cold, and other kinds of hardships.

    But, every one of them knew how to find the MOST comfortable spot on the sofa or on the bed. They would all seek out soft pillows to rest their head on. So I'm not sure that being tough means going without comfort
    I think this is the lesson learned here. I consider myself pretty tough. Having worked under adverse conditions and in demanding jobs, well, toughness was a requirement that was not written into my job description.

    But I enjoy putting my feet up in a comfy chair and relaxing. I'm not giving up my comfortable bed to sleep on a rock to toughen myself up, even though I have done my share of sleeping in weird places.

    Even the tough as nails mountain men, enjoyed the comfort of a warm fire and a full belly.

    Everything in balance, tough and comfortable can both be had. But people choosing comfort over things that might toughen them up make them weak in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammies View Post

    Here's the thing though. I am tired of being tough. Just for a while I want to be warm and comfortable. So if hardship is supposed to make us tougher and stronger, why am I just getting less and less toleranct of it?
    Know the feeling. I was once told I was strong, I would get through it. I burst into tears, I was tired of being tough & (due to my situation) going it alone. It's exhausting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texas.grok View Post
    Ok, I have to ask. How do you measure TG? Is there a special instrument for that?
    TG-ometer.

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