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I got goosebumps while reading this article. Vernon hit the proverbial nail squarely on its head. Many years ago, I ran for election to my town's council. It opened me and my family up to the most vicious and vile insults I have ever had hurled at me. It was indeed an exercise in discipline for me not to internalize some of those insults. Fortunately, I am a positive person to start with so the negativity was eventually dispelled, but I shudder to think about the struggle of a person who already hears negative internal dialog would have to do to overcome negative external accusations and insults.

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Nov 3Liked by Brian Sankarsingh

Vernon: I love the ground this piece covered, and the thoughtful, well-rounded way it was covered. I suspect your talks and workshops tend to be well-received and very productive, as your message comes across with a non-judgmental, inviting attitude that conveys a sense of hope and possibility — precisely what's needed for someone to be willing to make the push to explore new behaviours.

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