Truly, I Am Thankful
Being the self-appointed philosopher that I am, I could not accept the Blog of the Year award without giving some thought as to how far I have come. I am a thinker, as most of my fellow bloggers know, who thinks with the intention of implementing and testing as much of what I believe in my own life as I reach out to others.
What many of you don’t know is that it was 2009 when I finally accepted the mantle that had been placed over my shoulders, since I was conceived in my mother’s womb. I have to admit I fought, ran, screamed and did everything I could to keep from becoming a writer and a singer. Even though, they were imbedded into my genes, my worry about not being able to earn money to pay my bills and enjoy some of those electronic gadgets I so enjoy working with, held me back. I wanted an ordinary life like the ‘Jones’ and I chose to do something else, and I made myself believe that a little singing on the side, or writing a business report for someone else would still the voices within me to move out and do what I was called to do.
It took my editing the second revision of a book by another author to force the door I had kept closed wide open and my heart sprang out and forward and refused to be quieted again. Since then, I write and I sing, and whenever I sit at my keyboard and let my spirit fly out into freedom that it so deserves, I write, which brings me down to this posting.
You see, I am thankful there are other writers on this earthly hemisphere who have been kind enough to recognize my gift. Living in Germany, and sometimes feeling like the lone ranger among German writers who do not write in my native language, I am a long way from an English speaking writer support group and realize just how essential the English writing groups that I am a part of are in my life. They see something in me it took me years to see, and I admit they still have a better view of it than I do.
One of these writers is Raani York. She is a wonderful writer and a dear friend. There have been times in this Walk On series, when I have felt totally overwhelmed from the research. I have asked myself if it were really necessary to get so emotionally involved in what I was writing. I have doubted my ability to write another word, and most of all I have struggled with the technical difficulties, the format, sentences becoming phrases, grammatic structure being challenged to the point that grammar has become one of the arteries running from my heart. I have asked myself continuously, if I have the right to develop my own format, and it was at times like these that I would receive a comment from Raani York and a few others about this series, which encouraged me to keep moving on in the direction I am going.
You are probably wondering whether I am making money so that I may live from my writing or my music or from both. Not yet, I still have to do odd jobs on the side, but let me say that that has become secondary. The main lesson that I have learned in this struggle ‘to become’ is obedience. I obeyed my heart, and the joy that overflows when I write an article, or work on the books I have started writing that I want to complete and see in print, or when I stand on stage and open my mouth and bellow out a song that has etched itself deep in my spirit; all of these things are not comparable to any joy that I have ever experienced. The joy is unspeakable!
So, this morning I am paying it forward by nominating those blogs that have lived close to my heart this year. Some of them have made me cry, others have brought me to endless laughter, others have informed me about what is happening around the world, still others have still my soul and the rest have made me think about the various situations that go on around me and have forced me to reflect, check out my own life and change, even though change is sometime painful.
So, here we go. I have copied the instructions from Raani’s site so that I do not make a mistake with the requirements:
Do you know a blog that deserves an award?
Do you have special blogs that you love to read?
Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?
Would you like to give them an award this year?
Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!
The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
2 Write a blog post and name/tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page Blog of the Year 2012 Award and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…
Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!
Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!
When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect.
Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!
‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges
There are six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!
Need to know more? Check out the FAQ page
And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award!
‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails
Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:
So there you go those are the rules and the name of the game.
The blogs listed below possibly have at one time or another bestowed and/or received an award from me. Some responded with the utmost gratitude, some do not venture into the award arena and some simply did not respond. Those of you who enjoy playing I look forward to your own post and those of you who chose not to that is okay, too. I have fulfilled my desire to let you know how deserving you truly are and how much you mean to me.
For those of you who want to play, the ball is in your court!
[BTW If you want to play and I have somehow missed you, I hang my head shamefully but will raise it proudly and promptly add you to the list!]
The blogs for nomination
Finally, I would like to say to all the bloggers of blogs I subscribe to that your blog carries weight in my life. What you have to say is important to me and when I write you a comment, it is because I care about you as a person, even though we are a part of this world-wide community connected together through electronic data transfer. So, you the writer have enriched my life significantly and helped create a chain reaction that is causing me to develop into the being what I was call to be.
Below I have inserted a link from youtube with one of my most favourites songs by James Taylor. I thank all of you and wish you a wonderful second Advent.