My day yesterday was such that it was impossible for me to write on my blog here. So today will be my day 3. The challenge said nothing about consecutive days, so I’ll take it.
I did think about what I’m grateful for though. It was on my mind yesterday. So I haven’t really skated on the job.
And this isn’t NaBloPoMo after all (few things are). Though this week has me pondering on how easy NaBloPoMo will be (or not) this year. It’s less than 2 months away. And I always, always compete. Even last year in a medical haze of medicine and recovery from a broken ankle, I competed. And won my challenge. But I wasn’t seeking and taking all the contract work then that I am today. Hmmm….
Today, I’m grateful for people.
1. I’m blessed to have good friends who don’t let the time and space between us dictate the quality of our friendship. Friends who are just as real today was they were 5, 10, 20 years ago. Friends who have no trouble picking up where we left off, no matter how long it’s been and don’t somehow expect our friendship to evaporate if it’s not constantly stroked and entertained and plied with drinks.
In general I believe that when I make a real friend, it’s for life. It’s not a whim, a fad or a mood. But I am a physical being with limitations and there are only so many hours in a day. (Btw, this does not mean I support staying in a damaging relationship of any kind with anyone, because I don’t.)
Our modern world has made our circles of reality both bigger and smaller. Smaller in reach and bigger on the inside. Kind of like a TARDIS. I’m grateful for friends who get that and believe in the same quality of friendship I do. For the most part, I really have no fear when it comes to seeing old friends. Our souls are the same.
2. I’m grateful for the plethora of positive people who continually cross my path in the social and blogosphere. Not to mention the amazing collection of just cool personalities, interests and information shared. The support, encouragement and kindness of people never ceases to astound me. People who don’t know me have helped me when I really needed it. I’ve seen moods lifted, attitudes shifted and suicide thwarted… ON THE INTERNET.
Some say our fascination with digital life and technology is a sign of cultural degradation and bad for our psyche. I’m not sure that I can ever really see it that way. I realize I roam in a small niche of creative personalities in a sea of possible experiences, but gratefully, my experiences have taught me things and added to my life. And I can’t say any have taken from it.
Again and again I see the inherent goodness of people and appreciate it. It makes my day, reminds me to lift others too and keeps me going.
3. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, nor have the skills I do if it weren’t for many mentors who provided love, guidance and foundation in my life. One in particular was Mrs. Kay Johnson, my school principal and classroom teacher for 4 years.
Mrs. Johnson wielded one of the largest influences in my writing and research skills and an attitude of pursuing excellence in everything. I would even say she gave me some personality traits I might not have otherwise picked up. And she taught me that even tiny people can command respect and move the world. As a kind of runt, and an almost painfully shy child, I needed that living example. She was one of the smallest and most powerful women I’ve had the blessing to know in my life and sharp as a tack. I’d love to tell her in person some day. I’m sure she doesn’t realize she impacted me that way.
To you Mrs. Johnson. You weren’t easy on us and you always expected the best. And I know I sometimes frustrated you. But you were one of the best things that happened to my childhood and I thank you.
Well… so there it is.
Time for me to get back to work now.
Y’all have a great one!
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