One hundred weeks of wonderful people getting together and writing what they are grateful for is nothing to sneeze at. I don’t know if this has ever been done but it certainly doesn’t surprise me that Lizzi and her magnificent co-hosts have managed it.
I am certainly grateful to have been a small part of this generous and caring community. For a time, I would sit and write a post about all of the good things that had happened in my life even at the end of the weeks when I couldn’t imagine doing it. I would sit in a bleak state and wonder what in the wide world would possibly end up on the page.
Then the magic would happen. Whatever sparkly magic Lizzi sends out over the interwebs would slither in and suddenly, I was writing. And writing. And writing. Good thing after good thing after good thing. Many people said it over the weeks I spent as a participant, and then a co-host: The best time to write about gratitude is when you really aren’t feeling it. All you had to do was begin…with one word.
The Ten Things of Thankful is more than just a link up. It is an exercise, making each of us dig in and find the good, share it, rejoice in it. It is the movement of a community, built person by person to raise each other up, encourage, support, and celebrate.
Connections have been made here and that is what makes it so very special. It’s not about gaining followers to your blog, Facebook, or Twitter. It is about people…caring about one another, interested in each others’ lives, and invested in friendships made.
It is a living, breathing, and beautiful community.
I have a lot to be grateful for in my life but today I just want to say how thankful I am to have met some of the most fantastic people in my life right here. I’ve never met any of you face to face but I’ve read about your highest highs and your lowest lows and I’ve shared some of the best and worst moments of my own with you. I hope I have managed to support you with the same sincerity and grace that you have shown me.
One hundred weeks! I hope it stays alive and well for one hundred more….times ten.
And then some.
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