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When Do You Decide Someone’s a Hopeless Case?

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When do you decide someone’s a hopeless case?” she says. She’s been describing a troubling pattern of mistreatment and then apology with her and another person. It’s been going on a long time. She’s very unhappy. And while she’s an optimist, she just isn’t seeing much improvement. Instead, the apologies seem more like placation. Smoothing over. With no intention to really change.

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I Dreamt About You Again Last Night

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In my dreams, you realize how great you are. You finally stop arguing with me — and the rest of the world — and you accept that you’re good, that you’re loved, that you matter.

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I’m Watching You Fight a Bully

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I’m watching you fight a bully. And it takes everything I have to not step in and fight on your behalf. But I do it for a simple reason: You asked me not to intervene.