Friday, October 8, 2010

DAY 421 A Special Award for a Friend


Greetings Journal & Friends!

On August 31, 2009 I had only been blogging for 22 days. Talk about a newbie! I wrote a post called "Question One & Mud or Stars". 

In it, I poured out my heart, answering the question: What are you really hungry for? 

And I talked about my regret at having wasted so many years of my life in morbid obesity.


And I wrote this:
I may be late getting to the party, but I accept the invitation. And I am grateful to be invited, and given a chance to enjoy it with the music turned up, singing and dancing and celebrating the possibilities all the way out! I have plans...big plans...dreams...hopes...visions...daring and exciting. What have I got to lose to at least try???

This is a journey we CHOOSE...it's all about choices...and I choose to never give up, to never quit, and to reach out for my dreams. Why not shoot for the moon?? Even if I miss, I will still be among the stars. Sounds good to me!


That day, Mary (from Wistful Nebulae) was the only person who commented. She encouraged me, and made me feel "heard" and understood.

And in the year plus since then, she has been there through thick and thin, encouraging me to pursue my passions, those things which light up my life. 

To allow those things we LOVE to be the fuel that keeps our bonfires scorching hot!

And Mary didn't just TALK it... she is setting an example to follow by LIVING it. Over and over, her encouragement to hold fast to my dreams have helped carry me through the inevitable rough patches along the way.

She was busy up to her eyeballs with writing deadlines, yet would take the time to email me. 

And THAT is why I would like to pass on this award to Mary, my friend. It is called the Holding Hands Award... "helping me through the turbulence" award. 


Karen at Waisting Time wrote a wonderful post about the award, it's origin, and meaning HERE.

It was given to me by Deb from Deb Will Be Free, a dear friend who has helped ME more than she will ever know.

So, thank you, Mary, for your friendship and for encouraging me to always remember my dreams.


From Dr Phil's book: "Behavorial change is more successful if it is supported by a caring, loyal, and encouraging network of like-minded people who want you to win."

My verse for today: "This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

My quote for today: "It takes a long time to grow an old friend." --John Leonard

Enjoy the Journey,

Loretta
=^..^=


12 comments:

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I so know what you mean! There have been certain bloggers that have just MADE my day and have encouraged me even when I write the dumb posts or negative posts. It's so nice to have the blogging community!

You're so right about choices. It's a choice and we need to choose this and not give up. Very nice!! Keep it up!

Stephanie said...

Awww ... aren't our blogger friends just awesome? This past week has been extremely worrisome and stressful and being able to lean on my friends online helped lift the burden SO much. I appreciate you all. *GREAT BIG HUGS*

teresa said...

thanks for sharing that beautiful story. That is just what is so wonderful about this community. I'm constantly amazed and grateful. I'm so glad that Mary was there for you when you needed her and that you have this lovely way of thanking her.

Karen said...

I love this story:) I am going to track this award; it is special to me and is leading me to some very special bloggers which I love. Off to meet Mary now...

Deb Willbefree said...

Lovely post, Loretta. And, you're right, MPax is the PERFECT recipient.

I just love this award. :D

Deb

Julie Lost and Found said...

What a great post and tribute to Mary. Beautiful!

Joy said...

Awesome post Loretta!!

Sending a ton of hugs your way!1

M Pax said...

Awww. Here I am getting ready for my night out with the boyfriends reading this excrutiating tiny top on my netbook.

Thank you, Loretta. You've been a great friend to me. I got through all my crap, so I feel obliged to pay it forward and help others out.

I will for certain feature it next week. I sure hope the PC is better by then. Siiiiigh.

anne h said...

Mary is always good....
Her blog is great and her comments inspire others to not be so stubborn.
Which is always a good thing!
We need some of that right about now!

spunkysuzi said...

The award couldn't go to a better person!

Genie @ Diet of 51 said...

That is a very touching tribute to Mary! It is such a gift from God when we are in need of a friend--or just an encouraging word--and someone holds out that lifeline.....

Shelli Belly said...

Its that one comment that keeps us going. Loretta you pay it forward and then some. We all need each other.

So happy for this post.

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