Thank you for your kind words, Alexainie . Intellectually, I know it is true. I know their choices are not about me. I had to move 500 miles away to be out of the day-to-day interactions — I’m that clear on how much I need to buffer myself from more than politics for my own piece of mind. And I can let go of my inability to change minds in this instance in a what’s done is done way.
But, going forward, which is the only way we can go, I do wonder at how effective a voice I am if I can’t influence the people I know the best.
I think I really needed to vent about my grief over my ineffectiveness and not belonging in general. Thank you for being an understanding ear.