“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh” ~ by A,A, Milne
The above A.A. Milne quote is one that I am very much familiar with. To this day a plaque with this quote hangs in one of my adult daughters bedrooms. My two girls grew up with these words being quoted to them in various ways all through their lives..It had always been my hope that these beautiful children would heed and believe these words and hold them always close to their own hearts. Even though it was mom saying the words to them, and not Christopher Robin.
How wonderfully serendipitous it is to find this unusual (at least to me ) award from Judith at Diabetic Redemption http://diabeticredemption.com/ in my inbox. Having no idea that the timing and sentiment behind this award she gfted me came to me when encouragement like this means the most. When you need it the most. This time in came in the shape of an award – The Stong Persons Award. I had to giggle at the universes sense of humor.
The Awards Message
Who is strong? Is it the person who is willing to show her hurt to the world? To maintain perspective, while not trying to fake her way through tough situations? To offer her life as an example for others of the same diagnosis, and to share her successes, as well as her failures, to those of us living with health conditions
The message in A.A. Milne’s quote is what this quote represents to the giver. It’s also a message I too need to personally remember. …”being stronger than you seem…”
Sometimes people see us as we do not. It is with this one thought that I am accepting this poignant award. The fact that I am in need of being reminded of the above quote, the fact this award reminds me of the exact same thing is not an accident. Nor is it a coincidence.
I am blessed with a loving best friend who sees me stronger, I am blessed with a blogging sister who sees me stronger. I am blessed with a faith which empowers me to be stronger. I am also a resilient woman.
I am supposed to name my diagnosis here and I am going to forgo this. I think most that follow this blog are aware now. if not there are plenty posts throughout my two blogs that will provide the information. (Sorry Judith. I hope you don’t mind, and I apologize for taking days to get those posted,)
I’d like to thank Judith again… and again. This came at a very appropriate time and the message you are sending is clear.