I always believed the following quote, by Scott Peck, in his book entitled, People Of The Lie":
"The truly good are they who in times of stress do not desert their integrity, their maturity, their sensitivity. Nobility may be defined as the capacity not to regress in response to degradation, not to become blunted in the face of pain, to tolerate the agonizing and remain intact. .... Perhaps the best measure of a person's greatness is the capacity for suffering."
I strove to become that kind of person. I have an amazingly loving and forgiving spirit that has refused to be crushed, even in the face of overwhelming odds. I had been a stay at home mother, when my ex left me pregnant with our 4th child. I completed my degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, as a single mother, in 2003. Life was so hard, and my children had so many issues, that I just never felt it was fair to lure some innocent man into our chaos. Besides, I lacked the energy, and felt I had nothing left to give to another person... So I rarely even attempted to date in the past 18 years! Now, my children have grown and left the nest, and I am ready to fall in love again... I still have a huge amount of love to give, and need someone to share it with. Life has no meaning without love!