I feel very honored to receive this WordPress Family Award…it is a blessing to be part of a blogging community that cares so much about each other, not just as writers, but as human beings! I have grown leaps and bounds, first, as a person and then as a writer, from the interaction that has taken place since I began writing on this blog site, October 14, 2011. I have experienced so much deep joy in the words that others write…in the honesty in which they portray their thoughts and experiences…in their relentless care and concern for each other as gifted human beings on our Mother Earth. A very good friend of mine, Elaine, said I should surround myself with “gentle beings.” I think becoming a part of the WORDPRESS FAMILY has given me that opportunity! I have met so many wonderful and good people on this blog site: writers, poets, photographers, artists! I have been blessed so much!
Many times during my life I carried with me the thought of Sir James Barrie, the Scottish novelist and playwright, who penned Peter Pan. He wrote these words: “Those who give sunshine to the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.” I do not always succeed, but I try to live these words. Perhaps, that is selfish…because I am seeking happiness…however, I think it means that by giving to others, I am being who I am meant to be….and that helps me to live happily.
These last ten years have been especially difficult for me–professionally and personally…My nephew died from a horrible disease, Myotonic Dystrophy, in 2007 at the age of 39. Then my Mom had a stroke at the age of 90…she came to live with me until she died in my home at the age of 94 in 2010. To say I miss her so much would be an understatement…60 years is a long time and I was blessed to have her with me…but still it was not enough time. Then my older sister, Barbara, died from the same myotonic dystrophy that took her son’s life, at the age of 63, in 2010, six months after my Mom. This past March, 2013, my younger brother, Bill, died of myotonic dystrophy at the age of 61. The losses have been great…and, of course, no one can replace them. However, the people on WordPress have accepted me as part of their family…and I cannot begin to express the intense feelings I have developed and finally feel like I belong somewhere. Thank you for your heartfelt words that have encouraged me so! I am “feeling the love” as the young people say! LOL
I think this is true of the WordPress Family. We pass rays of sunshine and love crystals to one another in our gift of affirmations and comments! How blessed we all are! I am full of gratitude for each of you! And especially for dear Patty! Thank you, Patty, [ http://petitemagique.wordpress.com%5D for your nomination! I am truly honored! and dear Shaun, my gallant knight! and my younger brave heart, Shane…dear sweet son! You inspire me so with your generous spirits and good hearts!
Now for a description of the award:
This is an award for everyone who is part of the “WordPress Family” I started this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can show. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honor to start this award.” from Shaun @ http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them. There is a real problem here since this award spread like wildfire but I think I can find ten who should be recognized
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love
Shaun is the Gallant brother…always looking out for everyone!
Patty is the Courageous Woman Princess…always so kind and gentle…compassion rules her being!
* Shane http://shanesbookblog.com
Shane is the Knight of Thought…thinking deeply about the meaning behind all that is read!
Tersia is the Mother Beautiful…obvious…read her blog! A woman of great courage and strength!
Dace is my Sister of Courage. Such deep beauty and truth in telling of her story…so unselfishly written and bravely –so as to help others and not only herself. She succeeds!
Suzie…Courageous Photographer….delicious perspective in the photos she takes! and a person of courage to be who she is!
Sabatino is the Knight of Truth…..writes from the truth of his heart…his writing is so clear and focused…and beautiful!
* Sheri http://sheridegrom.com/
Sheri is the Princess of Enlightenment with her excellent book reviews and well-researched insight on matters of humanity!
* Stephanie http://misscarriedmuse.wordpress.com
Stephanie is the Mother of Bravery…she speaks of her loss but also of her resolve to move forward and find a new way to live!
* Kamlesh Oraon scarycloud.wordpress.com http://en.gravatar.com/kamleshoraon
Kamlesh is a Knight of Courage…he blogs in a Second Language…English is so very different than Hindi…he is so brave in his execution of this goal!
This Master is a Knight of Mindfulness…his blog teaches the way to find peace within ourselves.
Sumithra Sriram is the Princess of Possibility as books, music and travel are the loves of her life at present. Her writing is refreshing!
I would like to thank all my friends and followers for their support, comments and awesome posts!