Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ten Days of Gratitude

This post ends the little bloggish challenge I set for myself. I have enjoyed focusing on gratitude for the past ten days. How very much I have to be thankful for. It was good to write it down, to see it in print, so to speak. I knew before I even sat down to write this post, that my topic would be you. I want to write about how grateful I am for this blog, but what can I really say that you don't know already? What new can I add?

If you have a blog, you know. You know the rush when you discover several comments at once. You know the giddiness at making a new friend. You know the deep sense of peace when you realize that there are others who feel just like you do. You already know how important this world is in making you feel seen, known, loved. You know that this virtual world isn't virtual at all because it impacts your daily life in so many ways. You've watched in amazement as your talents increase and your skills multiply. You've felt humbled to know that people like you, they really like you.

If you have ever read a blog, you know. You know the wealth of beauty, inspiration, wisdom, love, and joy that is available at a single click. You already know the inspiration available any time day or night. You've probably been lead to new music, new photographers, great books, fun ideas for your home or your wardrobe. You've may been shown a new way to view the world. Chances are good that something said on a blog has already changed your life. Maybe in a small way, but still.

If you've ever been brave enough to comment and had a blogger respond to you, then you know. You have felt the joy at being recognized. And you know that it feels exactly like a stranger caught your eye across the room and smiled conspiratorially. Chances are, you've met a few kindred spirits along the way.

So, what can I say about blogging and my gratitude for the way it has changed my life? Two things. Just two.

Thank you. I love you.



The wonderful image is by Tina Louise.

24 comments:

Laura said...

Oh goodness! This is so well said Reyln!!!!!! It completely sums up how I feel about my blog and your blog, and all the blogs I love so. What a wonderful turn of events this blogging world is!

I will always treasure this post!

love
laura

Patti said...

Relyn- as always- that is beautiful! I still struggle with blogging but you really put it all in perspective. I feel it's all about the connections; with kindred spirits, friends, inspiration, ideas...The connections are everywhere and blogging is the thread that connects us. Have a wonderfully cozy last day of break and I hope the family is on the mend.

Patti

Jeanne said...

Love and hugs and kisses
Jeanne

colormekatie said...

Relyn, you are so sweet! Your blog makes me smile =)

caren said...

Oh my goodness - you said it perfectly! How else can you travel around the world each day with a great cup of coffee checking in on all your new friends? And the comments - it's such a rush, isn't it? It 's like Sally Field in NORMA RAE - they like me, they really like me!
Thank you for sharing your blog.

Jessica said...

And thank you! I've loved your days and days of gratitude!

Christina said...

How beautiful. The image and the words. You're so right. This blogging thing has brought the most beautiful miracles into my life. Wink. I really don't look back to often, to before I had my blog. I really love the life and the people it has led me.

I am grateful for you, and your sweet family. : )

ELK said...

yes and yes! your eloquent words sum up a really amazing world ~ I am blessed each time I visit here by your creativity!

dutchbaby said...

When something is so perfectly expressed, the only thing I can think of saying is: "What you said".

Thanks you for putting in words what so many of us feel.

Wendy said...

These days it is so easy to go toward the negative. Just turning on the news it's all fear, terror, strangeness.

You're a breath of fresh air and your ten days of gratitude has been such a wonderful change than all of us normally get when brave sticking our heads out the door.

I, for one, am quite content to stay seated here by your fire. :)

My Castle in Spain said...

So true Relyn and so beautifully said...
and now let me tell you, i love you too and i'm so sure many many bloggers do !! (and..your silent readers)
A big hug to you...
xxx

and..hope team Lawson feels better by now
:-)

Queen of the Armchair aka dzintrastitcheries said...

Oh Relyn...you have summed it up beautifully, it brought tears to my eyes...Thank You, Dzintra

serenitymeadow said...

Your inner beauty runs deep. Thank you for sharing that with us.

Caroline said...

I completely understand! I am grateful for your blog...it's my little slice of heaven in cyberspace :)

Susanna-Cole said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly! I am so grateful for everyone who reads and comments on my blog, and espeically for those who extend their friendship to me, even if we live worlds away! :)
A beautiful post to end your serious of gratitude! <3 And thank you so much for your sweet comment! You are definately one of those readers I am so thankful to have reading my blog! <3

xoxo,
S-C

Joan said...

Oh... thank you, thank you, thank you.
Every word in this post conveys a hundred things I feel, I have experienced, and I have been humbly graced with through the network, the heart strings and the beautiful complexities of women just like you... and like me too.

How very beautiful... and in turn, I am grateful to you.
Happy Glorious December to you my new found friend... happy December.
xoxo

spread your wings said...

so many new bloggers here on your blog comments. I have been away too long. You have expressed it all so well - it's exactly how I feel about this virtual world we are able to enjoy. I look forward to making some new friends here.
I am SO grateful for you. Thank you so very much for befriending me.

tangobaby said...

So many worlds open to us when we ourselves open up. Isn't it amazing to see all the wonderful people out there? I think blogging is a revelation and you summed it up perfectly.

I hope you and the rest of the family is feeling better today!

Suvarna said...

Oh, the pleasure is all mine! Thank you for sharing your light! Your blog is always a joy to read, so heartfelt and warm. Your description of the blogging experience is bang on!
until the next post
xxxx

Red Shoes said...

Thank *you*. I don't comment here generally, but when I stop by, I always enjoy your quiet thoughtfulness. I'm going to remember to stop by more!

bermudabluez said...

Hi there! I found your blog through Caroline's Zen Blog. I believe this really is a little slice of heaven....and I thank you for sharing your bits of wisdom. You're a new member of my blogroll now. Have a good day!

Beth said...

*sigh*.....oh yes ! I know those feelings so well and you summed them up perfectly....what a heart felt post that really hit home with me....

and be on the look out for some loving....if you know what I mean !!!

Jaime said...

This really is so perfectly expressed....I had no idea what beautiful world was waiting for me before I decided to start blogging, and since that very first post, I have experienced every single thing you have so eloquently spoken about here.
We love you too Relyn.
So glad you are here.
xoxo

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

That is such a sweet post! You're right, I too, cherish my blogging buddies!

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