Joke: How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time, of course!
Who would have guessed that I would be writing my 1,000th blog post? Day by day, one bite at a time.
Writing is the easy part. Trying to write “one glittering paragraph” a bit more tricky.
“To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself…Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.” Mark Twain
I began writing this blog in an effort to sleep through the night. I use to wake up at 3 am and have a need to write down my thoughts, my grocery list, things I was grateful for or things that pushed my buttons. I decided to write during the day, so I could get a peaceful night’s rest.
However, I never dreamed in a million and one years that I would be given so many bits of goodness (as well as 8 solid hours of nightly sleep). Imagine one million pieces of glitter all over your keyboard right this very moment?
No one tells you, when you write a blog you will be bathed in Grace, Goodness & Glitter. No one says that you will be gently reminded, daily, how many wonderful loving people are in your circle.
It is never mentioned, if you write a blog your new followers could very well become real life friends.
As you write, you share a little smidgen of your heart and soul. That brief glimpse gently sprinkles glitter on your new friends. And we all know, you can’t sprinkle glitter on others without getting some on yourself.
We all read blogs and sometimes forget to leave a comment. Maybe because like me, you forget your google account password and are too lazy to go look it up. Or you get interrupted, or what they wrote hit too close to home and you can’t figure out the right words to say.
I must gush and tell you, receiving a comment pushes my swing. You know, high enough that the legs come up on the swing set, and your stomach drops for just a slight second?
Receiving a comment, reminds me every so gently to leave a comment next time I read another blog. Oh, and warms my very soul.
Some days, I receive private emails telling me they read my blog and liked it. Or it touched a nerve and they had to tell me a story. Inside Christmas cards I find a note on the back: ps. I love your blog, never miss reading it.
Once in a while I am flabbergasted that someone, not in my usual circle of campers, reads my blog and comments. A jaunty tip of the hat to you, my friend.
I am humbled by former school chums, relatives far away, former co-workers who make a quick comment and lift me up. On a daily basis, I am gently reminded of the oodles of good eggs in my basket.
The gratitude circle around me is astonishing. If you ever feel alone in this great big beautiful world, may I suggest start writing a blog.
The writing helps sooth your soul. Writing gently reminds you of all that you have.
Writing a blog gives me a place to work out life. People raise their hands and offer a suggestion or idea.
That moment when you have downsized and think oh no, what have we done? This is too small. I need to tell someone. (Come to find out, it is perfect & lovely and you just needed to “talk” about it.)
The exact second you see a sign that says, Make a Wish and you know you want to share it with your circle of campers.
The moment in time, when you make the biggest decision in your life…….you know it is the right thing to do, for you, it is just so damn big & scary. Slowly, word by word, blog by blog you reveal the choices you made.
If you ever, ever feel lonely, start a blog and tell people you are:
a home school family
read magazines back to front
study one hour a day
you politely & sternly said no thank you to chemotherapy and radiation and chose a different healing path
Readers come to your rescue. They pat your hand and tell you it will be okay. They bap you up side the head with a pillow and yell, COME TO YOUR SENSES! Sometimes readers know magically what you need and leave a heartfelt comment that for some silly reason makes your eyes water.
Writing a blog was suppose to ease my soul, calm my spirit, empty my brain so I could sleep.
Funny thing happened on the way to a good nights’ sleep.
Writing has swung open the window and let fresh air in, lightened the mood & makes it easier to breathe.
There are a bazillion things to write about and I have only covered 1,000. Apparently, I have oodles to say.
Writing gives me a place to shout at the top of my lungs all that I am grateful for.
As I write day by day, as if by magic my circle of friends grows at that same pace.
If you are on the fence about writing a blog, let me give you a gently shove. You will love that you jumped in.
I am extremely grateful for the folks that have pushed my swing, held my hand, listened to me, disagreed with me and loved me…… and I am mighty appreciative for a good night’s sleep.
Heartfelt thanks to my followers, my friends. I started this blog for me, however, somewhere along the path, it slipped from helping myself to gently becoming an honor and privilege in sharing this journey with you.
You guys, thanks kindly, for holding my hand and agreeing to wear wearing cute shoes and not eat canned peas.
You make my world more sparkly, you lift me up and I am truly grateful.
Today, I will use a teal glitter pen and write in swirly font on a square slip of white paper (I will most likely doodle all over it)
1,000th blog post
1,000 things to be grateful for
In this together, friends.
We will chat tomorrow.