I finally "took the plunge" so to speak, I've been lurking around the forums for about three years now and only have just come to realize that community and friends are not only beneficial to have around but are also needed at certain points in life and growth to move forward. I don't think the Buddha's dhamma should be an exception to this. I'm grateful to have a S N Goenka dhamma/retreat center within driving distance which taught me a great amount of discipline of how to be more open to my foolishness both on and off the cushion, but overall I'm still learning and that's OK
nice to meet you all.
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"Bhikkhus, possessing five factors, speech is well spoken, not badly spoken; it is blameless and beyond reproach by the wise. What five? It is spoken at the proper time; what is said is true; it is spoken gently; what is said is beneficial; it is spoken with a mind of loving-kindness. Possessing these five factors, speech is well spoken, not badly spoken; it is blameless and beyond reproach by the wise."
AN 5 198