This comment exchange between myself and Ms. Anne is too important to leave in the Comments section:
MT, I do not know what to say to make you feel better...
...except that I check your blog every day for new posts.
I find your writing interesting and educational, which I am sure is a reflection of your personality.
People who cannot see those qualities in you are not deserving of your time or your energy.
Continue to do the things you like to do, and you will meet other like-minded people. One of them may turn out to be the love of your life.
In the meantime, you will be doing the things YOU want, which is invaluable.
Ms. Anne - Thank you for this comment. In the aftermath of a storm sometimes you get cleaner, clearer skies. I'm feeling that way now.
Today, I think I've finally learned something very important and that is even though I've been experiencing many disappointments lately, I'm learning to nip undesirable situations in the bud a lot faster than I have in the past. I've become much more aware of when the red flags are popping up and the alarms are going off and I'm acting on them promptly. The process is frustrating and gives off the impression that there are few good men left in this world, but I feel a curious sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I look back on these last couple of months. I haven't been letting some idiot guy treat me like crap for months and months just because I'm dying to be in a relationship.
Today I feel like taking these actions have left some room in my heart. It's a good place to be.
I hope you are doing well.
Good friends, like Ms. Anne here, can save you and help you see what you're supposed to take away from these difficult situations when you're having difficulty seeing it for yourself.