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blakesteele posted 6/2/2014 22:25 PM

Feeling excited!

It is a large step for me....certainly not a sure thing, but believe I would do a good job and stand a solid chance to get it. My personal growth this past 22 months has actually helped me substantially for this possible next step.

Feeling a bit.....isolated??? past couple days.....wife is working through some tougher things in herself. I have put my needs out to her, she accommodates them as best she can. I have supported her in her needs as best I can. Neither actions have been ideal, but believe the interactions are healthy in nature.

Have thought about my past...use of porn at times like this. Am not reaching for or desiring it, but have reflected on my actions. False intimacies were used by both my wife and I at times like this in our pre-A M. Was a time when that was known and accepted by both of us.....yep, that's where we were. Openly using false intimacies...both condoning or turning a blind eye to them.

Am grateful that is no longer accepted here....but have not fully back filled in healthy substitutes....right? That's why this funky feeling exists? Not sure.....

I am pleased to share my thoughts, excitement, concerns about the pending interview process and possible job change with my wife. But do wish I had the "contented" feeling I believe truly healthy couples feel at times like this.

Anyone have any idea what I am talking about here?

I am grateful.....but......alone?

I am choosing love....but.....not feeling it?

Perhaps just my little boy whining about

Interview is 1:30 PM central time. I am excited and feel prepared for this challenge.

God is with us all.

[This message edited by blakesteele at 11:41 PM, June 2nd (Monday)]

blakesteele posted 6/2/2014 22:44 PM

Am in a great spot career-wise. Well respected and enjoy my current position. It also provides for a comfortable lifestyle that blesses us with resources to invest in our M ($ for therapy)!

So this promotion is not a do or leave sitch.....I am applying because I enjoy our mission and believe I could further it better in this role.

Really am blessed.

Am hopeful about my marital future.....just a bit anxious to harvest more fruit! It's not ready to be harvested yet, but I am ready to pick!!!! 😊😊😊

A good friend of mine is a strong contender for this promotion as well. A solid man. A man I could work for and thrive.

Our girls know him, I tell stories about him to them. I mentioned he had put in for this promotion over dinner a couple of weeks ago.

My oldest responded to this news;

"Great!!! Now you can root for 2 people Dad!!!"

It warmed my heart.....

God is with us all, indeed.

[This message edited by blakesteele at 10:48 PM, June 2nd (Monday)]

callmesteph posted 6/2/2014 23:51 PM

Just wanted to say "good luck tomorrow!" I remember when I was working and the district manager gave me a promotion...I experienced a mixture of excitement, apprehension and blissful emotions of a new position back then.

I'm a big advocate of hard work paying off and being rewarded with climbing up the corporate ladder. Success is a very good feeling.

Sometimes receiving a promotion brings higher income which is always for the better but hopefully it would not affect much change in your work schedule which sometimes can make the spouse a little apprehensive.

Just being nominated for the promotion is a great accomplishment on its own so regardless of the decision, you and your wife should go out to celebrate that milestone (ie. you should take her out and make a celebration out of it and then party hard/again later once you secure the position)!

Keep us posted on the outcome :). It sounds like your confidence and relaxed attitude will carry you far in the interview process.

SadInNC posted 6/3/2014 00:11 AM

Good luck with the interview! Atleast you have something in your life heading in the right direction. Seriously.....

I'm heading towards D, my son has health problems and I can't pay my mortgage.

You have something to celebrate!

devasted30 posted 6/3/2014 05:33 AM

Good luck today blakesteel. No matter what happens, you are winning in the game of life.

bionicgal posted 6/3/2014 06:05 AM

Fingers crossed!!

blakesteele posted 6/3/2014 06:34 AM

(((callmesteph))). Such kind, solid words.....a maturity and understanding that benefits you and your team.

(((SadInNC))). Thank you for the support and reminder to be grateful for all things. I will say a specific prayer for you and those in your life now. God is with us all.. He is shining through you to me.....even with your trials you have found energy to show me support.

(((devasted30))). I AM learning that who I am is not dependent on a title, salary, what others say I am, or my M status. My "sight" of that got blurry over time.....good to see again.

(((Bionicgal))) one of my original brat pack members. As time and work progress I wonder how long this "class" of SI'ers will remain active. No matter.....your support right NOW feels great.

Thanks guys!


brokensmile322 posted 6/3/2014 07:05 AM

Good luck, Blakesteele! I will say a small prayer for you at 1:30 central… I am sure you will do great!

Keep us posted!

blakesteele posted 6/3/2014 07:30 AM

(((brokensmile322))) Another long standing supporter and fellow prayer warrior....thanks for being both. Grateful for you.


[This message edited by blakesteele at 7:30 AM, June 3rd (Tuesday)]

AML04 posted 6/3/2014 07:43 AM

So exciting but I can also see why you have conflicting feelings about HOW you're feeling! We question everything now huh? For this I say try to be in the moment and enjoy the process.

I wish you the best of luck and am rooting for you!

karmahappens posted 6/3/2014 07:51 AM

Good luck with the process. It is a great experience.

However the interviews pan out you will land exactly where you are supposed to.

I interviewed for a position I didn't get almost ten years ago. I was so disappointed. I didn't realize at the time what a blessing it was. It turned me to the place I am now. I never would have landed here if I got the original promotion. Sometimes our path isn't clear until it is. So forget about the outcome and focus on the experience. It is where our growth lies.

Crushed15Feb13 posted 6/3/2014 08:14 AM

Best of luck on your interview today, Blakesteele!

Crushed15Feb13 posted 6/3/2014 08:14 AM

Best of luck on your interview today, Blakesteele!

spond posted 6/3/2014 08:25 AM

Good luck Brother Blake!!! I'm sure you will nail the interview!!!

doggiediva posted 6/3/2014 08:26 AM

Good Luck today on your interview! :-)

LiedtoLucy posted 6/3/2014 08:36 AM

Good luck BlakeSteele!

Your posts inspiration to me. I always read them and, not always, but a lot of times, I see how skewed my thinking can be as a BS. I am learning to let go of the self pity and my H and I are trying harder than ever to R. Much of this has to do with letting go of the general attitude that "My life sucks because if what my H did to me.". I have learned thru your sharing that with that mentality our M is doomed.

so, Thank you. and good luck!!

somethingremorse posted 6/3/2014 09:00 AM

Good luck.

Am grateful that is no longer accepted here....but have not fully back filled in healthy substitutes....right? That's why this funky feeling exists?

This hit me like a shovel in the face. I have been struggling with this a bit. Whether it's my son's baseball team, spending time with my daughter, my exercise routine, work, yard work, whatever, I am pretty clear on what I should not be doing and thinking. But I haven't figured out what I should be doing all the time. "Back filled in healthy substitutes" is a incredible way to put it.

blakesteele posted 6/3/2014 09:01 AM

Dang! Wonderful cheering from you all....feels good!!!!

I am, more than ever before, realizing things do work out for reasons. And just because I can't see the reasons (hard for an analytical mind like mine to let go of) events happen as they are meant to.

Am also owning the truth is not the destination but the journey that we are meant to rejoice in....good and bad.

This is a good day. Your support is soooo appreciated. Yes, I asked for it but you gave it. Asking for it is relatively new to that is something to celebrate in and of itself.

I look forward to the opportunities to do for you what ya'll have done for me today.

Thank you.

God is with us all.

blakesteele posted 6/3/2014 09:15 AM

"Back filled in healthy substitutes" is a incredible way to put it.

Um.....yeah.....about that......

That wisdom came into my life as part of a program to break free from my use (addiction, compulsion) of porn. To just stop its use is called "white knuckling" hardly ever works. I needed to find healthy habits to replace unhealthy ones with. Stronger language...I had to find non-sinful things to do when I normally did sinful things.

Glad it helped you out somethingremorse!!! It absolutely was key to me growing and maturing past some of my coping skills.

A word of caution. I used porn, my wife did way more than her but she was good with it too. It is a false intimacy. There are many other forms of false intimacy that COULD be backfilled, kids, hobbies, church. All, if taken to an extreme where you take energy away from real mature intimacy can have the same destructive results to your M.

It is clear to me that God intends our energies to be prioritized.....God, M, family....everything else. In that order.

This promtion falls into that "everything else" category. The financial gain would help our family physically....but we have what we need now.

My oldest daughters first question to me when I was talking about applying for this position was.

"Dad, how much more time will it take to do that job?"

Couple things resonated with me on this one statement from a 10 year old girl.

1. Clearly points out that kids want parents as part of their lives....Dads too!

2. I was actually talking with my family about my career and how it affects our dynamics. Something that never happened in my home. My parents D wasn't even talked about. My Mom going out of state to college wasn't even talked about...she just told us she was going. My youngest brother was 16 when she left.

3. The "enjoying the journey" Karmahappens talked about above? My family is an active part of today. I am the one in the hot seat...but I feel them with me. It was talked about last night at dinner and am excited to share how I did with them later! Even if I will be good for our girls to see me stumble....and get back up.

Teared up a bit on the way to work today. Spontaneous.....couldn't trace the underlying cause.....probably a combination of things. Joy and sorrow.

Your support, my family's support is a large part of the joy I feel.

Thank you.

[This message edited by blakesteele at 9:15 AM, June 3rd (Tuesday)]

MJane posted 6/3/2014 09:18 AM

Sock it to them - good luck!!

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