Before I get too mired in angst and agita —engendered by Nik’s recent surge in those mysterious episodes of pain— I’d better take a moment to acknowledge a couple of recent awards I was given. Oh, yes, and to pass them on, too!
Joey’s mom, over at Life with Joey, was the very first —and highly deserving— recipient of this wonderful award. It honors the recipient’s ability to “see the beauty within.” It was created especially for her by her pal, Monkeygirl. There are no strings attached, no meme, and no rules. Just pass it on to whomever you wish. I like that!
I am flattered that she chose me for this. I do strive to find the good within a tough situation, the redeeming qualities in a not-so-lovable or slightly-prickly person. I like to believe in the inherent goodness of humanity —despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary as I look around the world today. But it isn’t always easy —and, being utterly human, I often fail.
I believe I have this capacity for seeing the beauty within largely due to my having Nikolas in my life.
Sure, I was an idealistic youth. I wore my heart on my sleeve and often got it a bit battered and bruised, but I kept on believing in people. At some point, as I grew older and, I thought, wiser, I became jaded; I’d been burned enough by people I loved and trusted that I didn’t even believe in myself anymore. Now, I’m not saying that Nik is single-handedly responsible for turning that around and rekindling my faith in humanity. No, I get to take a great deal of credit for all the “self-growth” type of work I did in my twenties and thirties.
But Nik? Nik gives me a reason to believe anew each and every day even when —especially when— I don’t want to; when I am feeling guarded in my spirit and my heart, Nik strips away the walls and pulls me out into the light. He shows me the good. The beauty.
I’d like to bestow this on my friend Kristen, who authors From Here to There and Back. Kristen truly does look for the good in everything. She still believes that people want to do the right thing and that good will triumph over bad. In this crazy, mixed up world I’d say those are some pretty great qualities worth celebrating!
And, Karen, of Beyond Understanding, who lives her life as an example of constant striving to find the beauty and the good. I admire her sense of purpose and her willingness to live it each and every day. It takes a rare and special spirit to do that.
Still more love and goodwill flowing through the blogosphere this week! I received this excellent award from Casdok. I take that as high praise indeed as I think she writes such compelling and thought provoking posts —and almost always with a touch of whimsy and humor. Casdok’s style is such that she encourages you to take the subject at hand seriously without taking yourself too seriously. It’s a difficult balance to strike and she does it with grace and apparent ease. Thanks for the tip of the hat, m’dear!
I’m going to share this one with Susan over at The Family Room. I feel a real affinity for her. I like her style and I like what she has to say. Of course, the fact that she thinks so highly of Nik and thinks our sons are somewhat similar doesn’t hurt either!
Kyra, aka This Mom, is another writer I respect and admire. Her blog is a funky, eclectic mix of musings on life raising her autistic son, home schooling, writing, and of living life large and without reservations.
I love this blogging world, I really do!