It’s March 1st, and I have an announcement. I’m going to enjoy the last several days of my current age, but on the 20th I will be entering a new decade. What decade might that be? I’ll just say that Queen Elizabeth II and I have something in common…that’s enough of a clue for now, but as the month moves forward I will definitely be reflecting upon our Diamond Jubilee!
You may have noticed I don’t have a lot of trouble celebrating! But birthdays are tricky! I think my current state of mind is best described as measured solemnity! There’s a huge gap between dread and ebullience and I’m at neither end. But I am giving myself one whole month to make all necessary emotional adjustments, celebrating in every possible way to ward off any negativity (people say the strangest things!) and then I will gratefully embrace my robust age and live life with calm acceptance and appreciation!
Part of my month-long celebration will include sharing “all about me” in as many ways as I think you can reasonably bear! Don’t get too excited–I’m not all that interesting. But as you’ve previously learned, I am very good at elevating minutiae to noteworthy.
So let me kick off the celebrating by acknowledging acceptance of three more awards! Three! How celebratory is THAT! Because I have determined to devote one entire month to ME, I will measure out the attendant details over the next several posts, and today, I will recognize the first of three very generous bloggers who so supportively bestowed the awards…almost like birthday gifts, don’t you think?
I am very honored to accept the Hug Award, given to Breathelighter by Otto, the dedicated writer of Münchow’s Creative Photo Blog. The details associated with this award are truly beautiful, and Beth and I are very honored to accept. The guidelines state the award is for people who nurture hope and respect, with dignity for all people without compromising their own religious, spiritual or political beliefs. Isn’t this a lovely award? What a tremendous challenge to maintain that level of integrity as I kick-off my birthday celebrations! (I will, of course, be more humble in April).
There are many guidelines and interesting things to note about this award. I hope you’ll take the time to look here: Hope Unites Globally – HUG Award Guidelines.
Guidelines state that I need to pass on the award to at least one other person. There are many people who move and inspire me with their blogs, but remember…we have two more awards to accept. And, I read many already well-celebrated and “award-heavy” blogs!
Corri, at Virtuous_Gracious is very serious about natural medicine and pursuing health and nutrition. She speaks openly of her personal faith and how it guides her in making choices for a healthy lifestyle, and I think she is the embodiment of the intent behind the Hug Award.
And I certainly want to give a “hug back” to Otto. I can’t say enough about his inspiring creativity. I don’t even recall how we first became “acquainted,” but I can tell you that each of you would feel inspired from reading his posts. A blog devoted to creativity through amazing photographic and writing talents, Otto is an amazing world traveler/photographer with a sensitive devotion to the welfare of others. Please introduce yourself to Otto, and if you consider yourself a lifelong learner, you will be so glad you did!
So this kicks off my very special birthday month! I hope you’ll stay tuned as I share about myself while also accepting two more awards–sharing with my partner Beth, of course! I fully intend to make the most of my personal Diamond Jubilee! I’m so pleased to invite you to my party, and no R.S.V.P. required! Just stop by any time!
- Another royal opportunity for a holiday, thanks to the 2012 Diamond Jubilee (travelnews.britishairways.com)