WordPress tells me that I have 200 Posts! I had no idea. Who knew I had so much to say! I consider myself a pretty quiet person. What a Blabber Mouth I am! 🙂
I enjoy my time on WordPress and have made some good connections and what I consider friendships. I enjoy checking in on my Favorite Bloggers to see how they are doing.
I’ve been doing my best (although it seems incredibly slow, I am making progress) to spend more time on my WIP novel. So I don’t get here as often as I used to. I know that I miss a lot as I scroll through the Reader.
So if you wonder why you haven’t seen the Likes or Comments from me that you used to, that’s why. Please know that I’m still here. I’m a little further in the background. But I’m still here, cheering you on!
THANK YOU to all of you that follow me. I’m a little overwhelmed and extremely flattered that you would bother to look in on me and my life.
This is my version of the A to Z challenge.
Meaning: To feel or express sympathy or compassion.
I lost a dear friend of mine a couple of years ago. I miss her terribly. You know, that type of friend that will let you whine and cry on their shoulder if need be and all the while commiserate with you.
I like to think that I was that kind of friend to her too.
On a Friday or Saturday evening, we would buy the adult beverage of our choice, sit around her fire pit watching the fire and solve all the world’s problems.
The pleasure here was very simple. Just the pleasure of another’s company and the freedom knowing that you can express yourself in any way you see fit. We both knew that those “gab fests” would stay strictly between us and go no further.
We also knew that neither of us would be judged by whatever words managed to slur their way out of our mouths. There were a few times, the next morning, I would shake my head, smiling at where the conversation had taken us.
The journey I was on with this woman was one of discovery. Having someone you can talk to this freely was liberating. I found myself realizing things about myself that I never knew before.
They say that the easiest person in the world to lie to is yourself. We’ve all done it.
There were many “aha” moments for both of us. Through this process, I think we both did some growing.
I miss this woman. She was a good friend.
I recently had the misfortune of losing a dear friend. Her death was tragic. But she left me gifts.
I suppose these types of things always make us ponder and do a double take when it comes to our own lives. I took stock of what was going on in my own life. I admit, I was having a bit of a pity party. The “oh, poor little me” kind of thing.
My life has undergone a lot of changes in the last 5 or 6 years and I was feeling pretty sorry for myself over it. Well, no more! This girl is going to Bloom Where She’s Planted!
Something else that really struck me as profound is a saying that goes: “Everything You Want Is On The Other Side Of Fear”. Wow. Just….wow….
I realized I was letting my fears hold me back. Well, no more! This girl is going to get what she wants, Just On The Other Side of Fear!
These things didn’t dawn on me until I lost my friend. I think she sent me a gift. I think she was saying, “Enjoy your life and don’t stay stuck like I was. Get out there and LIVE!”
I live in an area that has SO many opportunities to learn, meet people, explore and I have been looking at nothing but the negative side of things. I’m here. I may as well make the best of it. I need to quit being a big chicken and just get out there!!
My friend’s death taught me something else. It taught me to TALK. TALK to those around me. Let them know what’s going on in my life. Don’t shut people out. I think a lot of writers tend to be introverts; myself included. But there is danger in that.
If you don’t talk to people, how will they know if there is something wrong? Something serious that they could help with?
Share. It may make a difference between life and death.