today, as part of my job, i was lucky enough to participate in a panel discussion with practicing Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto (long story).
the general theme of the discussion was “how to be a better ancestor,” but at one point, Matsuomoto-san stressed the importance of having strong friends, to “keep you sane.” he said that these friends should be outside of your family, and outside of your workplace - a strong third community, is what he called it.
in my mind, i thought, i have friends, sure, but do i have a strong third community that helps keep me sane?
and then i realized that this here forum is that, for me.
so thank you, everyone.
i also thought it might be nice to have a thread for the times when people just want to say nice things about this here community. maybe that thread already exists, but if it does, i couldn’t find it. as always, i place my complete trust in Syzygy.