Wows. I’m always really touched when we get one of these awards and I know I say it every time, but it means a lot that people think of us and what we’re doing here.
Also, strictly speaking, I guess Raven should be writing this post, but she has quite a few guest slots coming up, so I thought I’d help her out by doing it instead.
Very many thanks to Maria Smith for nominating us for the Very Inspiring Blog Award.
I’m not sure about the origins of this one, but it’s quite humbling and grounding to think that what I/we do here has any impact on anybody beyond being (I hope) slightly entertaining. Stuff like this is what keeps us going.
So… the rules and such:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog (check!)
- Display the award logo (check)
- Nominate other blogs and provide a link to where they can be found. I’ll also not give a number here: some may have already done it, and it will differ between people. (check – see below)
- Go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they’ve been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept. (check)
- Mention three things that inspired you the most during the last few weeks.
Three inspiring things. Okay, well, forgive me if I slip a little into DSB‘s realms here, but most of the things I want to talk about are connected to her rather than me.
One – The Strength and True Kindness of my Mother
My mother is awesome. She’s kind. She’s strong. She’s giving. She’s thoughtful. She’s also not long returned from a funeral of a very dear, very close friend. Not only has she dealt with that in a manner I respect, but she then swung by the house to look after me for an afternoon while I whined about whatever I was whining about Now . . . I know that’s just what mothers do, but there’s something special about her. And I know lots of people may say the same about their mothers but I also know that everyone isn’t quite as lucky as me. So I appreciate that.
Two – The Honesty, Thoughtlessness and Kindness Inherent in Those of Truth Faith
None of us are even remotely religious. We were raised CofE and lived that way for many years, but too much has happened to and around me to allow me to believe that blindly any more. DSB‘s sister still has a lot of religious faith, but we prefer to believe in people. Anyway, while I was walking through town on Saturday I was stopped twice by complete strangers from a new church just on the edge of town. These strangers offered to pray for me. Once upon a time I might have found this strange, or disturbing. It may even have angered me. Now I just feel glad that there are people in the world who genuinely want to help others on the back of their faith.
Three – The Passing of Sir Terry Pratchett
I’m not sure if inspiring is the right word here but learning of his death has certainly done something to me. There is no way he could have known, when writing The Colour of Magic, that his words would become the global phenomenon that they have. That millions of people around the world would read and love his books and respect him the way people clearly do. The outpouring of shock and grief across social media shows it clearly. There was a man who said what he wanted to say, how he wanted to say it and showcased an incredible talent. It’s terribly sad that he’s gone but also worth noting that he isn’t really ‘gone.’ He will live on forever through his words and what, to a writer, could be more inspiring than that?
That’s it from me this morning, folks. Have a good day. See you this evening. ^_^