Tuesday, November 10, 2009

And Yet Another Reason Why I Adore Blogging

Today, my spirit is singing a song of gratitude. In a world where so much can seem wrong, I am choosing to dwell on what is right. In a world where pain can so easily become the focus, I am choosing to feel a peaceful acceptance. And in a world where there are individuals who can treat others with such selfish, horrific disrespect, I am choosing to surround myself with those whose souls are healing and gentle. This is not to say that there are not days when I am overcome with sadness. There are. This is not to say that I am not a realist who knows how life can batter and bruise the human psyche. I do. But I also understand that no matter how hard things become, they can always get worse. Or better. And today, in this moment, I am choosing to believe in better.

This past weekend, Mark took me away to celebrate our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. These photos were taken in Santa Cruz and Carmel, CA. Two of the most beautiful places on earth. I will share more photos from the trip, soon, but for now I just wish to say thank you.
Thank you to all of my wonderful blogging friends. Welcome to my new ones! There is so much generosity of spirit in the blogging world. I am so grateful to have discovered a sense of community in a place that can seem so impersonal.
Thank you to my wonderful husband for taking me up into the clouds and then grounding me safely back on the earth, once again. EGBOK, my love.

Thank you to my beautiful Angel Daughters for keeping the nest well-feathered while we were gone. I am so very proud of each one of you. If I accomplish nothing else in this lifetime, being your Mother and being Daddy's wife will have deemed me a very successful woman.
When we arrived home from our trip, I spent a little time catching up on all of the daily stuff that builds up when you go away. Much to my delight, there was a package waiting for me when I went through the mail from Kathleen Botsford. Kathy is a very special blogger who also creates the most beautiful jewelry. I am humbled to say that she made this necklace just for me. She used African Turquoise and Swarovski crystals. It is beautiful, isn't it? Kathy's wonderful blog is about life, family and her own personal journey which she expresses through the most heartfelt words and spiritual artworks. Kathleen is a very honest, loving, and empathetic angel who always seems to know just what to say. If you haven't already had the pleasure of perusing her website, stop over there and say hello.
Kathy is truly somebody worth knowing. Thank you, sweet friend, for the gorgeous necklace and the beautiful postcards. I will cherish them, always, as I do you.

I also want to say thank you to two other fabulous bloggers. The first one is to a wonderful doctor who writes a blog which I have listed under my favorites. The site is How to Cope With Pain. It is extremely well-written and informative. This doctor, who chooses not to focus on her own identity because she is still in practice, is a compassionate, understanding and knowledgeable individual. I am very honored to say that one of my posts about spirituality and illness was featured on one of How to Cope With Pain's most recent blog-carnivals. If you ever need any information on dealing with pain(and who doesn't!), head over there and check out this blog. It is one of the best ones out there when it comes to learning more about pain.

I also would like to extend my gratitude to Laura from Shine the Divine. Laura has been on my blog roll for quite some time because I have always been able to find inspiration in her words and artwork. Recently, I discovered that Laura has been living with Multiple Sclerosis. She is in the midst of a terrible flare and will soon be starting a treatment regimen which will hopefully offer her renewed energy and spirit.(God willing.) Laura published one of her daughter's bittersweet poems, as well as some lovely photographs taken by her other daughter. She mentioned that she was inspired to share her beautiful daughters because of what she read here on my site. If you are in need of some inspiration, pop over to Laura's site. She has such an encouraging view on life. Thank you, Laura, for sharing your own Angel Daughters, as well as their blossoming creativity!

And to all of my other friends and faithful readers. You matter to me. I began writing as a way to work through my own thoughts, but one of the reasons that I continue writing is because of your support and encouragement.

Thank you.

17 comments:

Mickey Johnson said...

...life can indeed be a vicious storm, but it is comforting to know there are those who are loyal and steadfast to pick us up when we need it. glad you had a wonderful trip away and what a sweet ending to have a surprise waiting at home for you. xo, mickey

WV LeAnn said...

Deb, your pictures are always so beautiful and peaceful to me as are your words. You are an inspiration to me! Glad you and Mark had a nice trip and sure the Angel Daughters were glad to have mom and dad back home. Take care and your always in my thoughts!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Very cool post Deb. Love that you aren't afraid to tell people how you feel.

Hallie

jojo said...

I also love your honesty, some times so raw it tears at my heart. But always at the end of the post you come back to a place of Grace...

Thanks for the sweet comment. I found the Hibel in a thrift store recently for $6. I loved her immediately, being the red-headed child that I am, and would have paid anything to have her in my home. What pieces do you have?
jj

miruspeg said...

Such a beautiful, inspiring post Debbie. Ahh the spiritual practice of gratitude! Gratitude surely unlocks the fullness of life.

Love the necklace...you have some wonderful angels in your life.

Incase you don't read the comment I posted on my blog in response to your comment, here it is again:

I feel so blessed to have a wonderful connection with so many bloggers and I hold a very special place for YOU in my heart. :)

We are all unique! We all have gifts to share with the world.

We have so much to celebrate!! There is a permanent party rocking the Universe! We are all standing on one giant revolving dance floor and we should get out there and do our thing and do it well!

Dance the dance of life, and let our own unique and beautiful rhythm flow.

Big, big hugs and love and light beaming your way.
Peggy xxxxx

kim-d said...

...and I adore you. I have from the first time I read your blog, and I will forevermore. With the rheumatoid arthritis and the full-time student'ing, I don't comment as much anymore, but...I always know I can come here and leave with that peaceful feeling. :)

Laura Hegfield said...

Deb I am so honored that you wrote about me and my daughters! Wow! I am so grateful for this tender, expansive blogging community of love we are all creating...each of us holds a spark of God...and so we have the power to create a beautiful world with our words/images/compassion/kindness right here energetically on the internet!

xoxox
Laura

I will definitely check out that link about living with/coping with pain...thank you dear hear!

Ness said...

Deb, what would I do without you and your blog? You inspire me when I can't seem to even think. Your pics, as always, are beautiful and what a wonderful necklace you received! I know how much you treasure it because I still have a stuffed dog and sea glass that sit next to my bed from a very special blogger myself. Tuesday is my revelation day of this year's cancer testing. My sea glass will be with me at the appointment. I will make it to your ocean someday and meet you and Mark and the angels. It is #1 on my bucket list. Have a great week!

jules said...

hi there, thanks for stopping by my blog. You words are so beautiful...happy 25th. wow...we are going on 15...isn't it wonderful to be married to your bestie.....i am blessed. can't wait to read more of your blog. it is so nice to meet you, jules

Cheryl @ Mandala Oasis said...

Dearest Deb,
What a heartwarming post. From the gorgeous photos of your anniversary trip, to the beautiful necklace from Kathy; and sharing about beautiful Laura -like you, they are friends of mine as well.

I am ALWAYS glad and touched to hear from you, I'm so glad you found comfort in the What Lies Beneath post. When we met a few years ago we discussed the pain issue, and it's not an easy thing to wrap around; to incorporate into living. Yet, I know that Love is healing, and all the love you have around you with your husband, your 4 Angels, and the worldwide family of bloggers - creates a loving, healing vibration on your behalf. You are surrounded by love, loving prayers, loving vibration.. and our Creator has you in the palm of It's hand. Bless you dear friend... love, Cheryl

Priscila said...

I’m new here to your blog and wanted to “pop” in to say hi! : )
If you would like come check out my blog and enter my current giveaway at littlemissheirlooms.blogspot.com
I hope you decided to follow me because I try to bring my readers a new and AMAZING giveaway every Monday!
Xo
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rivergardenstudio said...

How lovely that you went away with your husband to such beautiful place... and I love how you are so positive and poetic at the same time... have a wonderful week... roxanne

Kathleen Botsford said...

Your kind and generous words have touched me more deeply than I can say....I'm speechless. Your spirit reaches out from this blog in so many directions, bringing peace and healing to all who read your words. Your family and your journey are an inspiration to us all. I am honored to call you my friend. Much love, Kathy

Nina P. said...

Happy 25th! And what a great way to celebrate! Gratitude always puts life into perspective. If we have a grateful heart there is no room for the negatives of life. Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina p

Laura Hegfield said...

Hello my fellow blog travelers, inspirers, angels, artists, writers, gentle good HUMANS,

Yesterday I had this wonderful Idea! To create a special blog for American Thanksgiving with gratitude quotes from many people I know...some of you received the request below....My Blogging Co-ConSpiritor Deb Whaley asked me a great question-would I mind if she did the same thing on her blog? OMG...this was the best idea ever! So now I am asking all of you on my blog roll to consider joining in to make this a worldwide BLOGGING GRATITUDE EVENT...I LIKE THE IDEA OF MOBIUS...BECAUSE IT NEVER ENDS...LIKE LOVE...I LIKE THE IDEA OF QUILT BECAUSE IT'S A PATCHWORK OF COLORS AND WORDS STITCHED TOGETHER...AGAIN WITH LOVE... A BLANKET OF GRATITUDE TO WRAP AROUND THE WORLD!

I know that some of you are in other countries and do not celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday November 26 like in the US, but I figure every day is an opportunity to share our gratitude so why not just all do it on the same day?!!!

So below you can read the simple message I put out...my REQUEST TO YOU, IF YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TO ACCEPT THIS LOFTY ASSIGNMENT, IS TO COLLECT A TON OF GRATITUDE QUOTES FROM YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, COLLEAGUES...AND THEN FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR BLOG BUDDIES...SO THIS WILL GROW AND GROW AND GROW INTO A WORLD WIDE EVENT.

I AM VERY SICK RIGHT NOW...THERE IS NOT A WHOLE LOT I CAN DO PHYSICALLY TO DO TIKKUN OLAM (REPAIR THE WORLD) BUT THIS IS ONE THING I CAN DO...PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS AND MAKE THIS THE MOST AMAZING BLOGGING EFFORT TO WAKE EVERYBODY UP TO THE BLESSINGS THAT ABOUND IN THEIR LIVES...IT IS TOO EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DETAILS OF OUR LIVES ...WE NEED SOMETIMES TO BE REMINDED OF HOW WONDERFUL OUR LIVES TRULY ARE.

IF THIS FEELS TOO BIG, TOO OVERWHELMING ...FORGET ABOUT IT...THAT IS NOT MY INTENTION FOR ANYONE...BUT IF IT FEELS LIKE A GOOD HEALTHY CHOICE FOR YOU...THEN PLEASE JOIN ME IN THIS QUEST FOR MORE GRATITUDE, MORE JOY, MORE AWARENESS OF THE GOODNESS INFUSED IN THE WORLD!


LOVE TO ALL,
LAURA

AS most of you know you know by now..I have trouble with language...I worry about my blog...it very important to me...I'm thinking ahead to Thanksgiving...I would like it if all of you special earth angels would right a sentence or two about what you are grateful for in your life...in the moment you recieve this message...or the minute you have time to get to it...but be present in that exact moment when you write. don't think too much...just close eyes...breathe into the moment and allow feeling of gratitude to arise...then write words that flow from you deep well of truth. OK?

then send to me...I publish for thanksgiving blog...I was hoping for interview with cami walker...but not sure that will happen...that ok...life all about changes.

some of you are very present voices online, in books, as teachers, coaches...also just my friends...all voices important...please do this for me, for us for all the world...we all have much to be grateful for....

I know this sacred task I ask of you...I know some of you shy and also busy people...it not take long for you to do this...it mean so much to me and other people when the read what you say...it can even be silly...that fine...happiness a good thing

if you too shy or busy, I understand...but i think this be amazing outpouring of gratitude for world

love to you all

Laura
http://www.shinethedivine.com
Reveal Your Sacred Spark & Realize Your Creative Dreams
...breath by breath...moment by moment...step by step.

Des said...

I completely agree. The blogging community is so cool, and you do get to meet some extraordinary people with such varied and interesting opinions.

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

Deb,
Happy 25th. How wonderful!
My thoughts are with you and your family over this holiday.
Thanks again for such a thought provoking post. Your word are always so kind to read.
Be well.

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