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One of the best ways for men to protect themselves from themselves is being accountable to one another. Men need someone who is uplifting and encouraging, but will stand firm if he know you are wrong. Pride keep men from experiencing their total being by neglecting their spiritual and emotional needs. I envision one day men coming together and getting honest about issues men isn't to incline to discuss; their feeling.

We men no longer have to feel we're in an internal battle by ourselves. When we honestly self-examine our thoughts and feeling and share with another man our true feeling; the battle is over. We move beyond the surface of our thoughts by holding each other accountable by listening without judging and showing compassion when another is hurting. We don't need to know static of an athlete as much as we need to know ourselves spiritually.

Let me make myself clear, I love watching and playing sports all my life. It wasn't uncommon for me as a kid to play football, basketball, and baseball all year round. I was even successful at football and offered a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh. But my greatest accomplishment in sports was spiritually, when I learned how to process and share my feeling with another teammate.

Giving and receiving other men's support will not come easy because our ego tell us strong men stand alone and don't show feeling, but in reality that's just the opposite. The little boy that's inside us won't allow us to grow-up by denying our inner being. He want us to continue to suppress our feeling and not bring them to light. It's the light that bring spiritual blessing and healing. Lets be responsible to and for one another by giving and receiving the light of love.

So how do we get a support network of men who are honest with each other and have each other best interest at heart? By wisely giving our time to each other and actively listening. Men tend to put on blinders and tell themselves everything is all right. We need to protect our self by opening our eyes because there is no shame in having feeling, the shame is in not being honest about them and sharing them.

Our best chance for success is building unity among men and overcoming our beliefs about manhood. A real man can share his hurts and emotions without losing a bit of masculinity. We men cannot experience manhood if we can't show our true self. The mask must go. Copyright number CXWK-HP2V-V7YX-JSTE


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Great article Vernon, as always! I for my self can tell that the bond between me and my friends thru sports just grow..we have endless respect for each other, and most important, thrust! Sometimes ay fell like i could literally take a bullet for my friends. Thanks for sharing! Talk to you soon!

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  about 6 years ago
  

I'm like you Marko, I've also learned respect and trust through team sports. Thanks for commenting!

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  about 6 years ago

I almost wish I was a man when I read your article! By the way... I give men credit before woman. If man hates you you can see it in his eyes and in his ways, if a woman hates you she often manipulates and masks her look and acts making and waiting for a moments to attack. I would never trust a woman (except mom or sister) on my back. The brotherhood that can happen amongst men almost never happens amongst women. I am jealous for you, guys! You have this something.

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  about 6 years ago
  

How many times have I heard that Monica? WOW! We men are very competitive. I use to suffer from it bad. I think it comes from when I was young and playing all those sports. But I didn't know how to turn it off. I even use to compete with my wife. That's why here on Street Articles I make a conscious decision to comment and share others articles. I must remember why I came here Monica. That was to meet new people, learn and have fun. Have a Happy New Year!

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  about 6 years ago

Excellent article,Vernon! Communication is very important. Like you said, it isn't easy for guys to open up and it is something we need to work on. My wife is always reminding me of it :) Happy new year to you and your family!

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  about 6 years ago
  

Happy New Year to you too Lewis! You are so right. Many marriages have failed because of lack of communication. Look forward to reading and sharing more of your great work.

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  about 6 years ago

Hi Vernon! Happy New Year and another great article! Sharing feeling and emotions is hard to do, and again is one of those things I am working on, first with my wife, and funny because over that last few months, I've let my guard down and cried a few time LOL and if felt great! but weird to do.. Take it easy!

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  about 6 years ago
  

But Matt don't it feel good to be normal? Our wives deserves all of us. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  about 6 years ago
Kymee  

Hope many men come by and share this great article. God bless Kymee

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  about 7 years ago
  

That would be nice. Too many men are hurting but scared to tell another man. Pride and ego keep them from becoming the man God want them to be. The mask must go!

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  about 7 years ago
Kymee  

And it is great you are a great one to be for them. I will need to keep you in my prayers for strength.

  
  about 7 years ago
  

Pat we men been taught wrong about what it take to be a real man. I was taught at a young age that men don't cry so I never knew a healthy way to process my feeling growing up. It was called being weak. Today I know that some bull. You're a weak man if you can't share you feeling. And I look forward to reading more of your articles.

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  about 7 years ago
Pat Cook  

Vernon....Very truthful article. I've never met a man who was secure enough in his own feelings to be able to express them even though it made him more vulnerable. I agree that a real man can express his emotions. It doesn't make him less manly in my eyes. Thank you for your well written article. Pat

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  about 7 years ago
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