I came home today, having rushed out of the house for an appointment, and fired up the old computer to see what had happened since I went to sleep at 1:00 a.m. … Ordinarily, every evening I check certain sites because I know the writers post late. Somehow ….(hear those Angel wings softly beating?) I missed Wiley’s Wisdom‘s post of yesterday. Here’s the thing, Wiley wrote of blue ribbons and how each of us makes a difference ~
At the bottom, Wiley added: “This post is dedicated to my friend Huntie over at Chasing Rabbit Holes. Please consider stopping by to say hi!”
To say I was rendered speechless and then that my heart cracked wide open with JOY FROM THE BOTTOM UP!!!!!!! isn’t enough. I had to simply stop and breathe in what a gift of appreciation Wiley had given me. I had no idea when I awoke this morning that by the afternoon, I would be soaring. Thank you, Wyles.
He does not ask that I do this, but the ribbon itself is to be passed forward. So, here we go:
My first ribbon I pass to Bill Hamilton of Dealing with COPD (and grandfather stories). I believe it is less than a month since I found Bill through the good offices of Paulette Mahurin, author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, who blogs here. Bill started his blog to get the word out regarding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is ranked the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. What I love about Bill’s blog is he talks about the stuff most people glissade over because it’s not a dainty dis-ease, it is a sneaky, steadfast adversary that hits emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Bill’s honesty, integrity and generosity in reaching out to all who are interested is worthy of three blue ribbons (his second and third ones are for reading my blog from the very beginning and leaving upbeat comments on just about every post!). Here you go, Bill:
My next ribbon I pass to my friends:
Maureen in Las Vegas, Nevada. She does not have a blog. Maureen has taught me, especially over the last four years or more, the true nature of giving, she does it often anonymously and seemingly out of a bottomless heart of helping big causes and even in bad weather, throwing her home open to stranded passengers…. You know how I love you, Maureeni.
I am blessed with two Maureens. To Maureen in the State of Washington, who gives unstintingly of her time and energy to her community in ways I can only stand by in admiration and say, “Well done, Maureen B.”
To my friend, Lynn, for so many reasons, but right at the top would be what an exemplary parent she is.
To my two friends who are farmers and have just started a blog, Path to the Frontier. Your sheer guts and creative solutions never fail to inspire awe in me.
And, to Anna, for (let’s spell it out, shall we?) forty-four years of friendship.
To these friends: May your kindnesses return ten fold. In the meantime, here’s yours:
Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Chasing Rabbit Holes and that will get its own post (naturally!). However, because of YOU, we were not left to wonder if a blog speaks out into the wilderness, will anybody hear us? Because of YOU, readers past, present and future, I can say with joy and actual statistics, that we have been heard around the world. Here’s your blue ribbon: You have indeed made a difference in my world.
Thank you, Wiley.