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Truth Be Told- (Dedicated to Ken Nelson RIP)

Dedicated to the spirit of my much-loved friend and brother music man.

Ken, I wish I had gotten on the bus. Rest easy now.

Ken E. Nelson

{October 24,2015}

Truth be told.
I am a very rich woman.
One of the richest.
Rich in family and friendships with folks who illuminate my small world from the shining crazy diamonds that they are.
Tonight I opened a friend’s work in progress to read, but first I got caught up in reflecting back on two earlier evening conversations.
I am feeling enormously grateful for the twinkling of inspiration that is growing from those conversations. For the first time in a few months, truth be told.

On the cusp of a whole new month, and another National Novel Writing Month challenge (my fourth) I am mindful that it is my family and friends who are my treasure trove of unconditional loving support.

Take notice I remind myself , this is worthy of guarding fiercely. A friend’s sudden death recently sadly reminds me how precariously precious our time together is, we shouldn’t waste a moment of it unhappy or ungrateful.


Thank you to my two friend’s who shared time and stories with me tonight.
Thank you to anyone and everyone who’s out there inspiring and supporting each other.
Truth be told; we rather need one another.

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Found: Empathy & Compassion

Empathy and compassion are the paths that point to finding the road to living a life with great serenity.
Not everyone knows this experience.

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My small world is filled family and Friends whose empathy and compassion often not the socks off my bare feet.
I want them to know this 13th day of May 2014 just how much I cherish their caring thoughts, prayers, actions, and genuine feelings for me. I’m one very blessed lady and I never wish to take that for granted.

I was prepared mentally,  physically, and spiritually to have a surgical procedure called a Cholecystectony, the fancy word for Laparoscopic removal of my Gallbladder. I wasn’t prepared for deep sense of love and care I have been shown by family and friends. I don’t mean to suggest that their empathy and compassion are new to me.
Not at all.
I am feeling their care in a new way, it’s me whose feeling the loving care as incredibly blessed gifts. I think for sometime I wasn’t the person who was in touch and mindful of that feeling beyond an awareness that it was there.
I hope I wasn’t actually taking it for granted before,  I think I simply was not giving the compassion from those in my life the reverence it deserves. They deserve.
Empathy is not something everyone gets to experience,  yet it is needed to be able to embrace a sense of compassion.

There are people in my life, close family, and friends who became family by choice that I best describe them as ‘Empaths’. They know what I’m living. They, because of their gifts of empathy and compassion feel deeply what I feel.

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They’ve been beside me and privy to my journey of becoming a strong and independent woman, witnessing my  many “first times in life” experiences through the last two years, and they never judge, only support me with their unconditional love and acceptance of who I am.
I’m so blessed.

Self serving post this is, it is All About Me.
It’s important to me that those people in my life hear me say that I am touched in ways again today that leave me completely humbled by your friendship.
And your compassionate loving caring ways. You might think it’s nothing to take a few minutes to phone to just see how I am, I on the other hand think it’s priceless.

I especially need to give a ‘Mama Shout Out’ to my daughter Janis, she has been my personal nurse, confidante, chef, medical insurance specialist, and my heath advocate. As my daughter and best friend she reminds me daily just how imperative it is to be genuine with those in your circle of love, and the reasons behind the joy I find living an authentic life. I love you Cupcake & Thank YOU. ♡

My family/framily = my bros & niece’s, my two ‘sis-out-laws’, my two best gal-pals they know who they are, and last but certainly not the least my artists/clients-partners in music, all of them deserve big love from me for their most amazing support.

I’m deeply overwhelmed with emotions that y’all inspire within my heart and soul. I just needed to express it out loud.
THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!
I love you all to the Moon and Back.

 

©ttaylor2014

 

Sometimes Angels Sing..

Sometimes Angels Sing To You In The Wind…
And sometimes even from cyber-space I can hear singing… like angels in the wind.

Least anyone reading, writing, or even talking about blog author’s should suggest that this is not community of genuine and caring people they would need to make an appointment to see me; so I may enlighten them.
 
I have angels come sing to me, disguised by their blogs, behind their songs (words & photograph’s) are the most beautiful & generous people I have ever found.. in any space, let alone it be cyber-space. These angels are just as important to me as those in my real time’ community. 
 
I know you know who you are, so naming names won’t be necessary. 
 
If I had a song for every time my heart has been touched by your own words, your own shares in these last 3 years my heart would be a House of Music. I have gained valuable lessons from shares between us.
I have laughed with you, I have cried with you, as you have me. 
I have found great comfort in knowing when the chips are down, or when I am walking up in the clouds, or just even living life on an even keel, I need to look no further than to have the sense of this never-ending support & encouragement. I need look no farther than this Word Press community. And you.
 
While reading a thought-provoking article about relationships from a blogger who is a kindred spirit to this Barefoot Baroness I thought about these friendships here in this blogging world that have become so significant for me. The Wise Counsel of this post about relationships is just a perfect explanation in how we can interact with each other in our relationships. I had been contemplating writing my gratitude recently for you, for your devoted support & encouragement when I read this blog. It was my prompt. You are my muse. It was the perfect segue into what I wanted & needed to say here. (Thank you TeeCee)
 
Wise Counsel’s essay on relationships is a thought-provoking piece. I often find myself nodding in agreement with what this blogger so eloquently shares. This post & his masterfully written blog can be found @ http://teeceecounsel.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/wise-counsel-on-relationships/
Relationships & the communications between others matters a lot to me, I see this as a gift when we find relationships where we can give & receive raw, transparent; and open sharing, The possibilities of shared experiences enrich our emotional intelligence ten-fold. 
As for me, the relationships where the interaction with one another is reciprocal are the most rewarding relationships that I am a part of.  Emotional investment between two people is the foundation of a genuine friendship.
Absolute authentic relationships are what helps feed my soul. and in my mind are the most treasured kind. They should be protected and nurtured.
 
I hope in some way I have given back to you a sense of support and encouragement, this sincere feeling of the friendship that I feel from you every time you visit.
I hope that you find something significant in our relationship too.
Thank you my lovelies,  you my community,  for being all that you are. 
For you are my friends ~

 

 

 tjtaylor2013©

 

 

In The Spirit of the Olympics – Updated Link

Edited for correction. Thanks to the eagle eyes of two bloggers I have now corrected Tracy’s blog address. I am thankful for both of these two bloggers for catching the mistake, and saying something to me so that I could repair the problem. Thanks to both of you , you are my heroes today~ BB

In the spirit of the games and world-wide friendships that are occurring as I write and as you read I am creating this post.

Athletes and their entire team and support team have all been spending this time with one another and getting to know each other. Budding new friendships that may last them all their lives. There is so much to take away from the Olympics.

I’ve been celebrating the fact that watching the games this year has held a completely different and yet at the same time wonderful experience. Watching the same games as you are while knowing that we will soon be sharing thoughts and feelings has brought the games, the people, the countries home to me Knowing you that I do in the other countries that are also participating holds a completely different meaning for me. A meaning that I find brings me closer to you and where you live. It’s been maybe the most awesome aspect of the Olympic games for me this year.

In honor of the very games that are bringing us together I’d like to introduce you all to a new friend. She is recently new to blogging and WP. and she has already touched my life in a way that I’m still reeling over.

I’ve never created a post to introduce a sister or brother blogger before. I have focused a post a bit on another blogging sister but I was not introducing her like I am here with this blogger.

 

I am so pleased and proud to introduce to you…………Tracy, this sister blogger I have been so pleased to meet. You can check out her new blog and meet her as well at  http://ohwhatapain.wordpress.com/about/

Tracy is a sister living in the world of chronic pain like I am. Though I don’t make my health a key part of this blog most of my readers know what I deal with, and that I am thriving in spite of my chronic illness that creates endless chronic pain and fatigue. From reading Tracy’s blog it became apparent to me that Tracy is a youngster in the fight of living with chronic pain. I mean this in the nicest wat possible. It’s been 28 years that I have been living with this disease which the medical association finally has determined several years ago that chronic pain in itself is a disease.

I believe that like all things in this world that can alter our lives that if you can connect with someone who has been, and IS there this is the kind of support that iI find is priceless. I am not saying this to toot my horn. It takes a long time to come to terms with what has happened to you, what is, that is, happening to you every day. There are days that not even those who love you and are closest to you can understand, and there is not a thing that does not seem to irritate you. Making everything in your life and around you feel off-balance.

It also takes a little longer in accepting where you’re at in your life with your illness and then finding that balance that works. It’s not one that has to be perfect, just one that works for you and everyone in your small circle. Those closest to you are the ones who may feel the brunt of what you are going through. This is just one reason why a support community of those who know what you mean, know what you feel, and may even similar thoughts is so vital to good emotional balance. 

It’s true that for me when I first became ill having that camaraderie with other women who were going through the same thing helped in ways no one else could. It’s my hope that we can be a support to one another in any fashion we may need. But in particular my wish is that if you’re living with chronic illness, pain, and or fatigue I’d like to hear from you. Like with my new friend Tracy we will hopefully find ways to be there for one another in ways that no one else can. 

For Tracy; my wish is for you to have a bountiful blog filled with friendship and kindness from others. My hope is that you will find the kind of support albeit casual that I have. That casualness for me has taken on a whole new meaning, it means I feel like I am sitting with my blog friends in a virtual cozy room filled with pillows that cushion and green plants that nurture our air. A room with tea on the table in front of us, a home where we can share and feel safe doing so. My prayer for you is that you find the comfort and support I do in all your blogging experiences.  Best of everything my new friend~ BB

©tjhelser2012

Wordpress Notification Emails Down

Hello friend’s,

Just in case I  seem to be ignoring or neglecting to respond to a new post notification or an email to confirm a new subscription, etc.. please know it’s not me.  I have been unable to find any content to my emails from wordpress notifications forr about a week now.  It is not just me I learned tonight and I have sent a second trouble note to the staff. My hope and desire is that it is being worked on as I write this.

Thanks for not holding this against me.  You have to wonder how ever a writer will build up readership this way. Right?