Wednesday, November 21, 2012

HOLIDAY HIATUS

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving (in the US).  I'm delighted and grateful to qualify that statement.  Why?  I don't really pay much attention to the numbers but seeing the countries where this blog is read, quite honestly amazes me and more than that, it fascinates me.

Last year, I marveled at thirty countries.  I was on a continent quest.  It was all about Africa.  How serendipitous that I found a kindred spirit in South Africa when I was in Washington last May and how wonderful, through the magic of social media, we are constantly communicating, collaborating and swapping wisecracks between our respective continents.

I had already achieved my dream of that sixth continent when we forged our friendship.  Still, I never would have believed that this silly little blog would be seen in close to one hundred countries.  I'm humbled.

Thank you for reading.  Thank you for commenting.  Thank you for reaching out via email.  Last year, I did the gratitude list.  This year, it would be impossible.  This blog has been a game changer for me.  It has taken me places I could not even fathom.  It has brought me friendships that are so deeply meaningful.  Quite often, I step back and think, "How?"  And I think, "Why?"  And then, I stop questioning and just acknowledge the gratitude in my heart.

There have been plenty of #IRL (in real life) meetings and there are plenty more still to come.  They are right around the corner.  There have been connections made at conferences and online introductions that have led me to places well beyond my own comfort zone.  I've stepped into unknown situations, with confidence and sometimes with tremendous trepidation but I've stepped anyway.  In spite of myself.

I have found myself in the role of both the supporter and and supported.  I have encouraged and I have been encouraged. I've laughed.  I've cried.  The tears have been filled with sorrow and there have been tears of joy.  The laughter has been with friends and it has snuck up on me in moments of solitude.  I've been outraged and I've been hopeful.

I've been overjoyed by good news and I've been upset by set backs.  I've been overwhelmed when hearing bad news. There has been no shortage of not so great situations popping up all over the place.  The sadness is palpable.  Bearing witness to suffering and death, I've gotten angry.  It's an ugly anger.  But it's an anger that pushes me onward.

Mostly, I just am.  Here.  Profoundly thankful for the path before me.  Appreciative of every opportunity I have to help change this conversation.  I don't know into whose life I have stepped, but I'm keeping it.  I'm determined.  I may not be the change, I may not see the change, but I will not stop pursuing that change.

Quite simply, I will:

Live sincerely.

Love deeply.

Laugh heartily.

And most of all, if it's worth doing, I will DO it with passion.

See you on Monday.  With a renewed sense of purpose and soaring spirits.......

And a sneak preview into what comes next..... My lips are sealed....

Need something to do for the next few days?  Help my friends at WEGO Health and get those nominations going..... I want to keep my Ambassador status so get cracking.....



10 comments:

  1. And a happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend. With gratitude...

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    1. And to you, my dear buddy!

      Much love,

      AnneMarie

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  2. dear annemarie,

    i hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving, your heart overfilling with gratitude with knowing how much you are loved and how much you help us; and the most fulfilling and happy thought - that through all the ups and downs, you feel good just to be you. do a little happy dance in your mind, honey-girl - and happy hiatus to you.

    love, XOXO,

    karen, TC

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    1. Karen,
      I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, too. I so appreciate reading your words and even more, I'm so thankful that you are part of my life!

      xoxox
      AnneMarie

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  3. Loooove this post on so many levels.. what a great celebration of Thanksgiving..something I am always slightly envious of my American friends for having instituted.

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    1. Marie, how you make me smile! Without the connections you made (and now, again, continue to make) in your round up, I might never have connected with so many people. I know I've shared those feelings with you many times. I'm so thankful for the place I landed. And I will be eternally grateful for the role you played in helping me get on this path.

      xoxox

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  4. Love this AnnMarie! Your passion for living out loud truly does a body good :-)

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    1. Yvonne,

      Living out loud...what a great thing. So thankful you are in my life.

      xoxox

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  5. What a powerful line you've just written, AnneMarie: "I may not be the change, I may not see the change, but I will not stop pursuing that change." Oh, good writing gives fills me with satisfaction; this entire post is wonderful. Thank you for all you’ve given and continue to champion for women with breast cancer and life after chemo. ~Catherine

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    1. Catherine...
      Thank you for making me feel like a "real writer" ..... Hand holding is easy... putting it into words? Sometimes not so much!! You are one of my #IRL hugs and I can't tell you what that means to me...

      xoxox

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