It has been a heavy summer. I have several friends who have gone or are going through some really rough times this summer. I’ve been hesitant to talk about them here because it isn’t my place to tell their stories, to share their personal business with the world. Although those stories are worth telling, if only to be heard and embraced.
Even though for the most part I want to write the fun stuff for this site, there are moments when I can’t quite get to it. Too tired at the end of the day, too troubled by other troubles, too weighted down. And I think the older you get the more you feel the heartsick of others’ as your own, because at a certain point we all have been heartsick. It is these shared experiences that make us connect, help us grow, inspire us… and make us sorrow even when it is not our own.
A few days ago I was awarded the Nice Matters award by Katie, who I had the privilege to meet at Blogher and is a very nice person, not to mention funny. And then she shared on her blog that she’s also going through a rough time. It makes you feel like those little fun things, though sweet and heartfelt, are also a little too inconsequential. However, I do want to pass this on and I want to expand my list just a little (sort of like Prayers of the People, if any of you are familiar with the term) because sometimes, in the day to day slogging of life, keeping each other in our hearts and thoughts is the most important thing we can do.
For Chag, Jason, Liz, Kristen, Betsy, KC, Fuzz, Riley, Sarah and Tony, (and so many others I could name). You are all great people and I wish I could meet you all in person. Lisa, Summer, Smarmy Mama, and of course, Katie, I have been thinking of you.
For Monica, April, Darcy and Harold, Gary, and Winnie. Jeanne, Val, and Christy. Really, I don’t know what I would do without you guys. Please know you are in my thoughts (and on my speed dial and IM and the million other ways we talk).
For my family (both Keen’s and mine) you’re all a little insane and sometimes you even cause your own misery but I still love you.
I think there were rules to this award but this is just a good one for anyone to use. If you know people who you consider truly nice, reward them. And if you have people you just want to send a prayer out to, a happy shout out, or just let them know you’re thinking of them please join me.
This summer could use a little more light. - wg