It's one of my mom's frequent observations, that we are all works in progress. My grandmother, too, taught me that we are always growing, always learning lessons, striving to achieve goals, mend our missteps. With their wisdom, the kind words of Jennifer and Val, the company of friends, and more painting (my therapy and meditation, which like writing, crochet, and photography, I seem to have adopted, almost, compulsively,) I found a bit of breathing room, felt encouragement, redoubled my resolve (again!) Thank you, friends. I filled in some gaps, and made more progress, and that is, I suppose, all we can do, sometimes... start, pause, move forward, step back, inhale, release, learn, strive, and find ways to fill in the gaps. I strongly recommend the company of friends, taking in kind words, and finding ways of meditating.