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If you have a few moments to read something, and think that could help you collect your thoughts and calm down…
We’re sorry that you’re having a really rough time right now.
At the same time, we want to say: Even at a time like this, there are good reasons for having hope – that you can get through it, and that life can get much better for you.
For one, many other men have been in situations like the one you’re in now, and later been able to look back and realize that it was an opportunity, the beginning of things getting better (We know, this may sound totally impossible right now, even annoying or disrespectful of your experience. But still…). Those men, for a variety of reasons, were able to take a crisis and turn it into a critical first step in dealing with things that had been causing them problems for a while.
Whatever your situation – at this moment and overall – we do suggest that, at some point, you get some input from another person who has enough knowledge and experience to help you sort through your priorities and options.
Finally, as always, we recommend that you pace yourself, take what works for you and leave the rest.