Whoopee!!!! I have been nominated for a Sunshine Award by brave Katie Mitchell whose blog I follow slavishly! Katie suffers from a Connective Tissue Disorder, Marfan’s Disease. I have learned so much of this talented young person’s journey with pain and how it has affected her life. Katie’s mother also suffers from chronic pain so she knows both sides of the pain story… Thank you Katie for the nomination and for sharing your journey with us!
When I started my blog is was because I needed an outlet for all my pent-up emotions. It is difficult for me to articulate my emotions because I am scared that if I started crying I would not stop. It also bears my soul to the world so it was difficult at first. Every time, before I linked my post to FB, I would sit for a long time and wonder if I should allow family, friends and acquaintances to see my soul or whether I should remain anonymous in WordPress…. I am now comfortable with my FB link as it that I have received the most amazing support from old school friends, family and strangers. I have a new network of people, that care, that surrounds me.
I no longer feel embarrassed about posting – people have the choice to read my blog or ignore it. Thank you for your caring and support! This blog has become a dear friend and confidant!
But allow me to be brutally honest – I am thrilled about this nomination. I don’t know how it works but I mailed Katie and she gave me instructions…Thank you again brave Katie!
So according to Katie – here are the rules:
If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you.
You must answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post.
Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them!
Here are the questions:
1. Who is your favorite philosopher?
Confucius without a shadow of a doubt!
2. What is your favorite number?
9 – I believe in the science of numerology the qualities of the number 9 are those of leadership, the ability to see clearly, integration, personal integrity, unity, truth, perfection and concord.
9 represents wisdom and responsibility, and the ultimate goal of the number 9 is to serve humanity.
9 represents human’s ‘earthly lesson’, which is ‘forgiveness’. Number 9 learns selflessness and compassion. People with the 9 energy work without motive. Their purpose is for the greatest good of all. They have a protective energy and they have great power and love in their soul. They will grow and learn throughout their lifetime tolerance, compassion, selflessness and generosity. There is a great strength of character within the 9 person, as well as wisdom, intuition and high idealism. There is also a great deal of warmth of feeling and love of home, family and friends.
3. What is your favorite animal?
Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?
The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, the eagle sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it.
The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.
We are all faced with the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure, and disappointment in our lives. It is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.
The Bible says: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40;31.
4. What are your facebook and twitter ?
5. What is your favorite time of day?
I am a night owl. I am not a morning person!
6. What was your favorite vacation (or ‘holiday’ as we say where I’m from)?
My honeymoon in Switserland and Germany in 1990. Everything was so magical.
7. What is your favorite physical activity?
Walking barefoot on the beach.
8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Tea! I must have 15 cups of tea a day!
10. What is your passion?
My family, my work and the downtrodden.
My Ten Nominees:
I actually don’t know if I can only nominate 10 bloggers. All these bloggers have meant a lot to me. I have learnt from them. Some of them have given me great insight into Vic’s journey and http://ourlonggoodbye.wordpress.com transports me into an Assisted Living Facility and brings back memories of my Dad’s Alzheimers journey…. Trazy of ohwhatpain has given me great insight in pain. Here goes!
If you click on any of the links above, you will enter a different world that will enrich your life. Thank you to everyone who reads my blogs and puts up with my rambling, self centred emosions.