"The words you choose to say something are just as important as the decision to speak."
A friend of mine asked me a while back why I've kind of "dropped" my blog. We had a good chat about it and she was very understanding and patient. Since then, she has kindly nudged here and there, encouraging me to return to my space and rediscover the use of my voice. This is me, getting the hint. I'm a bit nervous about it but I'm just going to be me. (Well, me with the benefit of time to edit and reflect.)
I want to have the determination, motivation, and near-fearlessness of Mary, who dares to be real, dares to share, and dares to be herself. She inspires me. She lifts me. She is incredible.
I want Christine's tenacity, zeal, and joy. She exudes emotion--happy or sad, but always authentic. She's a treasure I cherish.
2010 was sucktastic and I ditched my space because of it but these people and their words are the places I wouldn't leave behind. During the times when I couldn't breathe, I caught my breath with them. For all the words that betrayed me, their words healed me. For the ragged edges of my frayed life, I stitched myself back together with the threads they shared.
So to all of those I've named and the many I haven't, thank you. You make a bigger difference than you know.