Thursday, July 10, 2014
Not all that long ago, I found myself in a familiar place surrounded by familiar people, and was reminded again about how lacking our world can be in grace and basic human kindness. Thankfully, it was not all a disappointment, because I did connect in a nice place with some people that I have not generally been very close to. But not without first experiencing the gut wrenching demoralization that only those closest to you can cause you to feel. After about a day and a half of wallowing and another day and a half of rebuilding with the love and support of my husband and a few other kind individuals, I concluded that I had this to say to the people who judged and decided that they found me wanting. Peace be with you. I hope that you are able to find a path away from the self loathing and disappointment that causes you to project your misery onto other people. You, and those like you, are the reason that I have dedicated my life to finding the joy in the moments, and to spreading it to anyone who is receptive. I was like you once, and I made bad decisions during my search for love and acceptance, before I found that it existed within me all the time, and I only had to be open to discovering it.
The photographs in this post were taken in the beautiful water side village of Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. Yes, the very place that the Pilgrims landed! One of my very favorite people in the world recently relocated there, and I am looking forward to more visits in the near future. There are few things I love more than time by the water, other than perhaps time by the water surrounded by history. Having spent the summers of my childhood at a cottage on a lake, and living now in not one but two homes that are a quick drive (or a long-ish run!) to the water side, I feel comfortable in saying that near the water, or better yet on the water, is my happy place.
If you are A) a regular reader here, or B) part of my "real" life, you know that the last few years were full of big changes in my world. Because of this, my original 101 in 1001 project ended up being largely ignored. But since it's time frame recently ran out, and because I am in a much more settled place now, I've decided to give it another go, with a brand new revised and updated set of goals. I brought some of the incomplete items on the original list to the new one, and added some from my ongoing mental to-do list. I've decided that modern literature and best sellers are not a good fit for the list, because my to-read list is always evolving, and some books get crossed off without ever being read. This happens for several reasons, maybe someone whose opinion I trust did not enjoy it, perhaps the subject matter ceased to be of interest to me. A few classics remain on the list however, those that I have always wanted to read but have not gotten to yet. I am hoping that their inclusion will encourage me to occasionally squeeze one in between my regular rotation of best sellers and of the moment literary stars.
One of the items new to the list is the Random Kindness Blog Tour, started by Meg Evans. I am super excited about this project! I learned about it in the best of ways, through a comment that she left on this blog post. She came across my blog on her tour, and decided that it fit her criteria of being a blog that promotes positivity and kindness. Yay! Because that is exactly what I want this to be, before and above anything else. So I have decided to commit to a year long tour of my own, which I started today by spending about an hour reading Meg's delightful blog, and leaving her a kind comment when I was done. If this sounds like a project in your own wheel house, read about it here, and jump on!
In a blog post titled "On How Life Is" I could really write on and on, but I think I'll end this here, satisfied that I've covered some important to me items today, and excited by the fact that while writing I have jotted down some ideas for future posts. Perhaps my blogging mojo has been renewed along with the 101 in 1001 project!
Have you ever attempted a 101 in 1001 project of your own, dear reader? Please share, I would love to hear!