I am just a man

and men in this world carry the burden of decision-making. In relationships, men are seldom given the benefit of the doubt. Loyal men are given a small nod for adhering to what they believe is right, but never praise from other men for being loyal, because men don’t publicly salute each other for doing the right thing. Instead, we remain inwardly respectful, and the moral barometer is assumed to be self-orienting. Men are silent about their beliefs unless challenged, and being faithful to your long-term, long-distance girlfriend is something that you gain nothing, ever, from defending to others. So, if you’re a man who can’t remember when he decided to become so disciplined yet knows it’s simply a part of who he is now and forever, I salute you.

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3 thoughts on “I am just a man

  1. Lecia Bartmann says:

    John, as your Mom, I am so deeply proud of you for who you are and this commitment will bring you many years of joy and fulfillment. You have both been so true to one another all this time, true love does reap the benefits of a fruitful life and gives you peace in your soul…..the mind, will and emotions. No one can take that away from you! We all look forward to your being home…….and especially you beautiful little sweetheart! Travel safe and see you soon … lots of love, Mom

  2. I can’t speak for anyone else but myself. I only knew you a short time and in that blink of forever you elevated my expectations. You opened my mind to the possibility of a relationship sustained by more than surface fancy; where both parties commit not only to each other, but most importantly to themselves. To me you are the exception that proves the exception.
    Thought I ought to extend to you a little benefit of the doubt.


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