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Blogging 101 – Day 9


 Day Nine: Get Inspired By the Neighbours

Today’s assignment: write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday.

What is the most important aspect about blogging? In my humble opinion, it is the relationship with other bloggers. We comment to show support, join in the fun, and to question. The most important of these is the support.

When I first started blogging three years ago I had no idea what I was doing or what to expect. WordPress set me up with how you do it but I had no idea of the ramifications of that. So I wrote. I asked questions. And I worried. I had no idea if what I had to say was of any interest to anyone. I had nothing to worry about.

Several of the people who reached out to me three years ago in my comments and with the ‘like’ button are still with me. I cherish them. And they have become my friends. When I lost my furry babies they supported my grief. When I am worried or sad or frightened I can always reach out to the friends I’ve made through blogging.

I remember when one blogger was facing a typhoon. I wasn’t the only one who worried about him until he let us know he was safe. He lives on the other side of the world and yet he is really only a keystroke away.

 Yesterday morning one of the first things I read was a comment attached to a poem I posted that morning. Now I love reading comments. I particularly like reading positive comments (they always are). The other thing I like about comments are the introductions. Maryruth 16 introduced herself and told me a little bit about herself. It was intriguing. It made me want to go and see what she had offer.

That was how I found maryruthblog.com. What I found was an intelligent and intriguing blog written by a woman who likes to question.   She admits she doesn’t have all the answers but she’s working on it. I like her attitude, I like her words, I like her pictures. Yep I’m going to like this blog. You should check her out: maryruthblog.com.

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The World Owes You?

Do you ever feel that the world owes you because you are dealing with a horrible disease? Do you ever feel that the able-bodied people around you should answer your every whim because they are, well, able-bodied and you are not? Do you ever feel that you are alone and no one could possibly understand what you are dealing with everyday? Well it doesn’t, they don’t and you aren’t. Everyone deals with issues, everyone. Every single individual out there has a disability of some sort: a crippling fear that will not allow them to leave their home, a devastating depression which has robbed them of the ability to feel joy, a nasty flatulence problem which makes being in public a little aromatic. You may have a disability that is easily recognizable and therefore allowances are made. What about the people who hide their issues, their fears from the rest of the world? They require just as much compassion and understanding as the rest of us. You and I are incapable of looking at the next person and knowing what issues they deal with everyday. So we have no right to judge, exactly in the same way as the next person does not have the right to judge us. Think about that the next time you’re feeling alone and unloved. Chances are good you’re wrong.

The future is ours to build.


 Are you someone who speaks before they think or are you someone who thinks before they speak.  It can make a big difference to how others see you and to how they treat you.  Think about it.

 Someone once said that the future will take care of itself.  Perhaps.  But we need to lay the foundation that the future can grow from.  Just because in a hundred years no one may care about the issues of today, does not mean that they won’t and that we shouldn’t.  We should.  We need to correct the problems of today so that tomorrow won’t have to.  The problems of today are, in part, because no one came forward yesterday to deal with it.  “Do not put off until tomorrow what should be done today”.

 Are you afraid of what the future holds?  Do you fear that you will never marry because you have a disability?  Or that you will be unable to work or attend school.  You may never marry.  You may have to quit work or school.  Is that the end of your life? You decide. We are put on this earth for many, many reasons, none of which I know.  What I do know is that I am the architect of my own future and I will not throw in the towel. Life is precious yes, but being alive is easy – inhale, exhale.  What is difficult and a lot more valuable is living. Each and every day brings us wonders and beauty.   We may have to look for them but they are there.  We will also encounter heartache and disappointment. You must try to find the good in every situation and the more you try, the easier it will become.  That is the way to live: work at it, every day.