Written by Karen D. Swim
“I’m not addicted to FaceBook. Or Twitter. Or LinkedIn. I’m addicted to you. Your energy.” @manicactive, via Twitter
Without people the tools we use and the actions we take are rather hollow. With all that is going on in our collective worlds and the demands on our time, Laura’s tweet reminded me to celebrate the people in my life.
If you’re reading this post today, thank you. Whether you realize it or not, each one of you has added value and beauty to my life. Yes, even those who read in silence, I know you’re there and am so very thankful that you continue to subscribe to this little blog.
Now back to you! Wonderful things are happening and here’s a few that you should not miss:
- The wonderful Kelly Erickson is celebrating her 300th post. Please join in by leaving a comment and telling a friend or five. Your comment will enter you in a drawing for some cool prizes but in my opinion Kelly’s posts are more than enough reasont to visit and read.
- Amy Palko has launched a new blog with a focus on social media. Amy’s keen mind and artistic lens adds a fresh perspective to this space.
- Chris Garrett is offering a webinar packed with valuable information and the price is a donation to a children’s charity. Chris is such a gracious man and this is one of the many ways he walks the talk.
- Joyful Jubilant Learning is having a month long love affair with books. There have been a wide variety of excellent book reviews by a superstar lineup of contributors. I’m scheduled to participate over the weekend and hope you’ll pop over and share.
- What better way to celebrate community than to share what they have taught you? Joanna Young is hosting a group writing project that invites you to share the writing lessons you have learned from your blogging community. You have until March 27th to enter.
Karen Swim says
Everyone, thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and sharing. My comments to you got lost so let’s give it a go again! 🙂
@Andrew, truly no man is an island. We humans are pack animals needing relationship and connection. I cannot imagine life without nor do I wish to. 🙂
@Kelly, it was my pleasure to spread the word and share the joy. You do after all serve up such sumptuous feasts. Raising my glass to you and eagerly anticipating the next 300!
@George, so glad to be a little ray in your already sunshiny world!
@Robert, *blush, blush, blush* well shucks you do that for me daily so I’m glad I could pour a little in your cup. 🙂
@Nancy, wow, thank you so much for spotlighting these worthwhile efforts. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so many who care and do. Hey, for more goodness, check out the Care2.org blogs.
@Friar, I’m sorry, you deserve better. This is my cheer within a jeer because Ive long known that your workplace was miserable soul sucking vortex of idiocy. So boo hiss to the factorites (yes I made up a word hey I did grow up in the Jesse Jackson era, can’t help myself) but yay for your epiphany! 😉
@Joanna, your words hit me right in the heart. Finding our place, whether it is that physical place where we feel a kinship with the land, the people and environ or a place in our heart, that feeling of home makes us feel alive, purposeful and safe to fly. Thank you so much for those words Joanna, they gave me chills. xx
@Robyn, I love that saying and plan to write it down for future reference. What a beautiful thought and one that you so joyously live. Hugs to you Robyn for your generosity of spirit you make the world a better place.
@Shannon, oh honey, hugging your words to my heart. Thank you for that encouragement. You are a wellspring of light. 🙂
@Natural, your love for people and your desire to be genuine come shining through. I am glad for people like you who share the joy of connecting not for the numbers but because people still matter!
hi karen, it’s great to find a person who cares about people and not numbers. i’m on twitter, just to keep in touch with bloggers – i don’t turn every thing i do into a social networking phenom – i share a little but i hope to get to know other people outside of their blogs and not just links to their blogs or another article. i want to know the person is real because it is all about you – not what someone else is doing.
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Shannon Paul says
Thanks so much for sharing your beauty with us. You inspire so much goodness beyond yourself — I hope you realize this. 🙂
Shannon Paul´s last blog post..Mobile changes everything
True, people are like currency. But not all currency is equal.
Some are like shiny silver dollars, that stand out among crowd.
Others are like crummy old pennies on the floor, that you can’t even be bothered to pick up.
(But what’s the exchange rate, if you’re Canadian like me?) 🙂
Friar´s last blog post..Being Anti-Green: 26 Tips on how to Screw the Planet
Robyn McMaster says
Karen, in my mind people are our currency. I find so much more value in them than money or fame. I love your generous and encouraging spirit.
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Joanna Young says
Karen, I think I saw you retweeting this the other day and found myself thinking, yes, yes, yes!
More and more I realise how much I gain from, learn from and am inspired by the people I connect with online – some of the most interesting, creative, intelligent, funny people I know. Also people with some of the biggest hearts I’ve ever come across.
I read something (in a book) during the week about the importance of community, and finding your home. Over the last year or so I’ve been trying to find my way to a physical place where I can feel home (and which I’ve now made happen) but I also realised how much I feel at home with all of you. How you make me more than I would otherwise be.
Something for which I am profoundly, deeply grateful.
Hope you have a most wonderful weekend Karen
Joanna Young´s last blog post..7 Ways You Helped Me Write a Book
I got VERY motivated this week at work, in a round-about, ass-backwards way.
I was bullied and treated like crap, for the Nth time…..(That itself is not anything new)
But what WAS different, is that this was the final straw. I was LIVID. (Not in an wasteful, feel-sorry-for-myself way). But in a positive, I don’t-need-this-crap, time-to-do-something-about-it kind of way.
I reached an epiphany, and I now know (that withouth a shadow of a doubt) that I WILL be leaving that company.
Maybe it will take 3 months. Maybe it will take a year. But I will be GONE. And I’ve already started to job-search and networking.
So THANKS, Ms. Office Bully. You’ve helped inspire me to make positive changes in my life!
Nancy B says
Today I have been motivated by several wonderful people in the Twiterverse bringing light to issues that affect us all:
@ScottAllen – Just look at the female faces in your tweetstream & ponder that. 1 in 4 have been through something that should be completely unacceptable.
@John_Hinds #cdw “Every 17 sec a child dies from a water related disease Support http://www.WaterAidAmerica.org
@Bloggeries – Reading “10 Twitter Tools to Effectively Help You Manage your Account” – http://budurl.com/xzl6
It is Friday… I couldn’t end with a heavy tweet.
Nancy B´s last blog post..Netweaving – Water for All Blog Tag Edition
Robert Hruzek says
“Was there any one person who encouraged or motivated you this week?”
Well, lemme think… (sound of gears grinding)
Aha! Yes… YOU did! 😀
Robert Hruzek´s last blog post..Stuck in the Back… Again!
Such a great post. With so many people stuck on the Snarky Highway, it’s nice to see some genuine realness.
A little sunshine in my day – Thank you!
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Thanks so much for spreading the word! 😀
Chris G’s project for charity is so wonderful. I think he’s going to break right through his goals with that.
Off to Joyful Jubilant Learning now to peek around and bookmark it for this weekend. Great links!
Kelly´s last blog post..WIN a Prize & Wish MCE a Happy 300th
I believe that the need to share relationships of some form with others is woven into the DNA of every one of us to some degree.
Sure, some people may tend to be more outgoing and sociable whilst others (myself included) may prefer a greater degree of privacy, but everyone has a need to feel as though they are part of something, and to feel connected to others in a meaningful way.
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