Walking away is not an option... dialogue must prevail.

"A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with."
- Kenneth A. Wells

"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
- Helen Keller

Friday, December 5, 2008

let your soul soar...

It's Friday! If you're reading this, you woke up to live another day. If you never went to sleep? You're still breathing! If not, please get assistance now, I'll still be here after the paramedics (hope they're cute - but also competent) get you breathing again.


Is for someone who I believe know is a kindred spirit. ;) You know who you are... *fingers crossed*

"And it's our God-forsaken right to be loved, loved, loved, loved, loved..."

When it works, finally... it's awesome!


Is a big old hug for my new blogging buddy Goodfather (our beloved GF - but not in a girlie way *giggle*).

Earlier this week he gave me an award, which comes attached to a meme of his own construction... The "This Blog Measures Up Award"! cause he and Captain Dumbass sort of felt like there were all too many "girlie" awards out there.



And frankly, so does he. Yup, he IS awesomesauce...

So here's the rules:

1. Say one nice thing to a man in your life.

I'm going to say my nice thing to GF, see the song up there? Life is wonderful... know why? Cause you're in it. It's that simple. You have shown class and dignity through some rough shit, man. And for that? I'm going to manly fist bump you. (See? totally not girlie!)

2. List at least six ways that you measure success in your life (or for your blog).

This quote says it all for me:

"If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day."
- Alex Noble

I try to do something for someone else every day. Like help a small child fix the zipper on their winter jacket for instance...

I stop and look at the world, looking for something beautiful and I take a snapshot of it with my mental camera... just being thankful that I got to see it.

I try and find the good in every one I meet... not always easy, but even if's it's "they can tie their own shoes" , it counts.

I make it a point of learning something new everyday... like what a Tune Wedgie is.

Every day that I get to see my daughter, she gets a hug and an I love you. So she knows she is loved and appreciated. As a parent, the most important thing I can give my child is the knowledge that she matters, and not just because she is pretty.

When I do all this? I am at peace with myself.

3. Assign this award to six other blogs and leave them a comment telling the blogger that you’ve assigned them this award.

This is simple... if you're on my blogroll, or I follow you and you want to do this? Go ahead!

4. Link back to the blog that you received this award from.

I did it higher up in the post... but I'll do it again. HERE

“"I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it along the way."”
- Winnie The Pooh


Ron said...

First of all my friend....

CONGRATS of your award because you SO deserve it! You and your blog are AWESOME!

*and I love the graphic! Very cool!

And secondly....

I love what you shared about how you measure the success in your life, especially the quote! You totally emulate every word of it!

Thank you for being a beautiful example of SUCCESS!


Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

OH! You want all of us to be award-worthy, OK, got it...

Bond said...

Nicely done on the meme...

Akelamalu said...

You're measures of success are inspiring Anndi.

Congrats on the award. x

Anndi said...

Ron: Thanks buddy! It's not an easy quote to live up to, but I try.

Gary: You are!!!

Bond: Thanks.

Akelamalu: I think trying to be a better person/parent is what really counts. Thank you :)

The Butterfly said...

I hate to assume but it sure seems like the shoe fits.

Either way when you feel someone's heart through their blog, it must be a big and good.

Anndi said...

Butterfly: I'm humbled by your comment... and blushing. Thank you!

Errant said...

congrats for this award ..
first time to visit your blog .. i like it .. i feel like it has a spirit of its own :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your kinds words! And the link-back ;). [Fist bump]

Anndi said...

Errant: Thank you, for the compliment and your visit!

GF: My pleasure, dude.

Dr.John said...

Congratulations on getting a well deserved award. Your understanding of success says it all.

Anonymous said...

Nothing's going to stop me but divine intervention

win some or learn some...

fabulous propositions.

love it.


ciara said...

haven't really visited goodfather. just once cos capt dumbass mentioned him. i got the capt dumbass award & still haven't mentioned it yet. got two others from other ppl, too. i.am.slacking. i'm so behind in my blogging. it's not even funny. lol

so how is chicklet? she feel better? my girls came down w a little bit of a stomach bug. but they seem o.k. now.

Sprite's Keeper said...

Congrats on the award!

Brian o vretanos said...

One I particularly agree with is finding the positive things in others. If we weren't so quick to write people off, there wouldn't be so much violence.