Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Generosity of Friends

There are so many of you who have helped and encouraged me as the fledgling blogger I am. You have taught me much in the past year and even given me awards. I'm thrilled and honored. Thank you very much. Linda Sama The Ageless Hippie Chick and Linda's Yoga Journey for another award. Your kindness from the beginning has been a breathtaking gift from a fearless woman. It was from you I recieved the Rebel Girrrl Award. I was giddy with delight, but didn't even know how to bring it home and post it. Now I can grab the prize and run home to post it proudly on my sidebar as I think about its meaning before I compose a fitting thank you.

I have become a reclusive old woman, hiding behind locked gates, unwelcoming of the real world, alone with my crazy self and my neurotic old dog. But through you, I think of myself as a woman with friends in far flung places, some of you teetering on the brink of big changes brought about by failures not of your making. We now see the possibility for a new start on reclaiming our collective integrity with the inauguration of a new president, a new administration. As I type these words I hear Hillary Clinton answer questions during her confirmation hearings in the background and just the sound of her voice, the strength of her words, her confidence in her mission inspire confidence from me. So maybe this will be the year that I feel safe enough to walk around my peaceful neighborhood and speak to those I never see, feeling less a stranger in the place where I grew up. I know all my neighbors though I seldom see them. I hope when spring comes this year I will take those first steps out into the larger world.

I am finishing a book, trying to meet a deadline to submit this manuscript I have dragged from Springfield, Missouri to Santa Barbara, California and back to Salt Lake City waiting for the moment to pass it off to someone else to judge its merits. That time has finally come. And with it comes new hope and optimism that we will all be able to heal the wounds to our collective psyche. We have lost much the past eight years. Now let us all roll up our sleeves and get together to work our way out of the troubles of this recent past, to learn their lessons so we won't be condemned to repeat the past's mistakes.


Linda-Sama said...

no thanks needed, sistah from a different mother....:)

just get that damn mandala framed!

and I don't talk to my neighbors either.

Utah Savage said...

I have to acquire some funds to frame the mandala--it deserves the prefect frame. But I will do it as soon as I can. I treasure it and have shown it to all my friends.

lisahgolden said...

I am in such good company with you. You've grabbed a hold of this blogging thing and made it yours in a relatively short amount of time. You know that, right?

I'm glad to count you and Linda-Sama among my far-flung friends.

themom said...

Far-flung friends are equally fine as those next door (often times better). I am envisioning you strolling past those gates and into a sociable atmosphere soon.

D.K. Raed said...

I do think after Tuesday, you & the whole country will soon feel secure enough to re-enter the larger world again.

I watched Hillary for awhile today, but then flipped to The Medal of Freedom award ceremony. Gaaaah, my eyes! It actually provoked a post out of me, though.

Have you started an order list for those of us who will PAY to read your book? Count me in!

Freida Bee said...

Wooot! Your book is going to happen. How wonderful. You are wonderful, and yes to your comment questions. We are.

Sherry Pasquarello said...

far flung and far out!!!

i feel the same way.