A few days ago I was given this lovely Blue Ribbon and after taking way too long to thank the individual that gave me the ribbon, I finally sent a thank you to the individual, in which I spoke of how undeserving I was of such a reward, and how I down played it. But, I took that same blue ribbon and passed it on to several specific individuals, again downplaying my worthiness for such a ribbon while spending a significant amount of time saying why these individuals deserved it so much more than I.
So far numerous comments have been made on this post and all of them have been very positive and extremely supportive, and to a one, spoke to my worthiness for such a blue ribbon. I have wonderful friends online (many of whom are also offline friends), I know some very creative people, and have encountered a wide variety of styles of communicating. And I appreciate each for what they offer, and how they offer it. Each individual offered grateful thanks for me passing such a ribbon on to them. These comments and the gratefulness of the thanks I got, made me realize what an ass I had been.
The fact that a single individual thought enough of me, of my writing, of my need to get the word out about COPD, of my being as supportive as possible to those who suffer as I do, and of my Blog, to give me a blue ribbon made me worthy of the ribbon. I should have been grateful and gracious at that very moment. I should have been thankful that someone actually reads my blog, and takes the time to comment. The fact that I poo pooed the idea, made me wrong, and taught me a lesson. A lesson I am not likely to forget. Be thankful for the praise (spelled it right this time) you get, and understand that is given freely and from the heart. I have about 200 folks that follow my Blog, they follow me for a reason that is important to them, by poo pooing the blue ribbon I was being disrespectful to those that follow my blog, when in fact I am so grateful to have a forum from which to speak. And have people who follow what I say, and appreciate me for saying it.
I would like to take a moment and properly thank Huntmode. Huntmode was kind enough to give me the blue ribbon in the 1st place, to place a personal value on my Blog, and to give me credit for it. THANK YOU Huntmode, I really appreciate the praise and shout out you sent my way. It is folks like you, and all my other followers, that make my Blog worthwhile. Again thank you! Take care, Bill