25 Jun '11, 10pm

"Friends have backstabbed me, guys have lied to me and relatives have forsaken me."

I have a trusting nature and believe in the benevolence of people. I've faith that people want to be sincere, honest and kind. Sadly, I've been hurt, betrayed and devastated. Friends have backstabbed me, guys have lied to me and relatives have forsaken me. I concluded that life's vicissitudes and harrowing lessons were necessary to let us mature and evolve into better people. So I accepted my dismal plight and chalked it up to "character building" events. Like shoes, one can never have too much character, right? I continue to be trusting but to protect my heart, I now do a Lorena Bobbitt. I cut off anyone who betrays me with an imaginary carving knife, and throw them out of my life into the dark field of the universe. Then I read Martha Beck's piece in Oprah's O magazine that said if you often find yourself in disappointing relationships, it's because your "trust-o-meter" ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Columns/Speakeasy/EDC110626-00...

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