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Rhapsody in Ten Takes: Bidding February Adieu…

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“You simply will not be the same person, two months from now, after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Rhapsody in Ten Takes: Thank You!

At the local nail shop, the lady sitting at the booth next to mine lifted her right hand; nails nicely manicured and painted a bright shade of peachy orange. “I love this color so much!” she announced, a tad loudly, as a huge smile spread across her face.  As other heads swiveled in the nail shop to see what color she spoke of, the lady continued her ode to peachy orange nails. “I can wear it with all of my clothes; it matches everything in my wardrobe…” She paused, then delivered her punch line before returning to the task at hand; “I really love this color because, you know, it makes me happy!” We nodded our heads in unison, it made perfect sense… Hey, if it makes you happy, go to it… and say thank you!

It is with the same vision that I look back on February and our Daily Post Challenge. We made it through! In December 2010, hundreds even thousands of us made a commitment to join forces with and write a post daily/weekly in 2011. We galloped away in January and now, as February wraps up, we can applaud our individual and collective effort; it’s all good.  So here in ten takes, like an Oscar acceptance speech, I say a huge thank you to/for the following:

  • To Erika and Scott, for leading the blogging troops through our daily paces with prompts, tips and lots of good stuff. What they do is not easy especially when dealing with creative folk with differing visions. Thank you!
  • To the folks behind the scene at WordPress who make this all happen; offering us new templates, new tools, the magic of Zemanta, and ways to make the blogging process run smoothly while answering our Help requests in under 24 hours. Thank you…
  • To all my blogging buddies; new and old friends, who continue to like, comment, blog away, writing on a wide range of subjects and finding ways to keep writing, online and off, even under trying circumstances. Thank you…
  • To my silent visitors; all 5 million of you, who stop by daily to read, skim, scan, linger on this blog, sometimes letting me know through other venues that you have been here. Thank you… 😉

“I would maintain that thank you is the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton

Rhapsody in Ten Takes: Friends Dancing...

  • To my social network friends on twitter, facebook, linkedin, digg, blogfarm, blogfrog, stumbleupon and many others elsewhere, who, in their own way, give me feedback, encouragement, ideas and positive feelings. Thank you…
  • To my sistahs on the SITSGirls, Blogger, MamaKat’s, Ishtar friends, yoga, meditation and prayer connections, who offer another approach, another fresh point of view and more. Thank you…
  • To my mentors, spiritual teachers, and writer friends who challenge me daily to keep at my writing goals online, and especially that offline project, and for reminding me why it matters. Thank you…
  • To the many top bloggers & web mavens whose daily posts, tips, workshops, webinars, seminars, website help and insights have helped and continue to help me along the way; Darren, Seth, Jacqui, Frank, Brian, Jennifer, Jonathan, Daniel, Kim and others; male & female.  Thank you…
  • To my family and close friends who, daily, remind me what is truly important while offering insights, support, love, humor, prayers, perspective and respect. Thank you…
  • To my Creator whose abiding grace sees it all and coaxes it out of me on paper and online… and never lets me give up. Thank you!

A lot has happened both online and off this month. The global turmoil, natural disasters and shifting political winds continue and we are all concerned; sending light & love for positive outcomes.   Superbowl XLV produced a champion. The Oscars delivered on favorite winners. Oprah and Iyanla buried the old hatchet. I buried the fear and started a Blog hop with no regrets.

My new blog template gives me joy and, despite some other challenges, I found that nothing beats focusing on the good and simply writing daily. Brevity remains my online goal and, even though I’m a night owl, I’d like to wrap things up earlier and get more rest. Like the lady in the nail shop, I love writing/blogging because it’s therapeutic and it does make me happy. Thanks to all in our blogging community! 🙂
What about you? How has February treated you? What are your thoughts? Do Share!

Positive Motivation Tip: Sharing our gratitude and saying thanks enriches both the giver and the receiver.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photo of Happiness Sunset Hopping via Wikipedia.
Photo of Friends Dancing: Nascer do Sol em Porto de Galinhas via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Positive Kismet
Mirth and Motivation

34 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/03/2011 1:23 am

    I love your new template and your blog, keep up the great work Eliz~ Much love to you and everyone on here ♥

    • 02/03/2011 4:16 am

      Thank you Jackie! I appreciate the support and have visited your blog too. The sentiments are mutual! 🙂

  2. 01/03/2011 1:29 am

    Wait a minute!! How about this? Thank you for providing this blog full of rich thoughts, inspiration and motivation. When I read the quote above, in conjunction with the lovely photos, it almost brought me to tears. (Maybe cuz it’s late and I’m tired). Still I only just found you but must visit as often as humanly possible!! 🙂

    • 02/03/2011 4:19 am

      Thank you dear Sistah! I love your blog too and your post today was brilliant. I’ve met a good number of bloggers and visit and comment when feasible. I should really find a spot on my thank you list for Wikipedia! I get almost all my photos from them lately… 🙂

  3. 01/03/2011 3:02 am

    I found that nothing beats focusing on the good and simply writing daily…
    yes, it is enough in our souls to dig …

    • 02/03/2011 4:20 am

      Yes, it is so Frizz and I find it extremely helpful to read those words when the distractions appear. 🙂

  4. 01/03/2011 6:38 am

    Thank you for this article it is motivational and inspiration.

    • 02/03/2011 4:27 am

      Thank you too for stopping by and leaving a comment. I have visited your travel blog and enjoyed my visit. Do come again! 🙂

  5. 01/03/2011 8:12 am

    Thanks for the pingback. Your bright colors and photos and uplifting words made me feel like winter is over and it’s time to do something about it!

    • 02/03/2011 4:37 am

      Hello again! I enjoyed visiting your blog and appreciate your visit here. I am looking forward to the colors of spring and a warmer clime… The last several days have been quite nice and I hope the temps stays that way… 🙂

  6. Rose Casanova permalink
    01/03/2011 8:24 am

    Thank you Elizabeth for being a great inspiration and for always being so nice! How do you do it?!

    • 02/03/2011 4:40 am

      You are so sweet… I have good laughs with you and other friends and it makes the difference. Well, I’m human and have my days off like everyone else but I choose a different approach here. How do you do it? 🙂

  7. 01/03/2011 10:01 am

    Thank you Eliz for giving time in dropping an inspiring thought or two. Keep it up!

    • 02/03/2011 4:42 am

      Thank you too for stopping by! It’s good to see that you are back writing again … Hang in there and sending you hugs! 🙂

  8. 01/03/2011 10:34 am

    i love the pics they made me smile, happiness! lovely blog

    • 02/03/2011 4:48 am

      Thanks again for stopping by my blog. It’s always a pleasure to connect and I have returned the goodwill. I loved the vacuum story… Do visit again 🙂

  9. 01/03/2011 10:44 am

    Wonderful post, Eliz.
    Thanks for the link up and the blog hops.

    I love Sarah’s writing too ~ I read Simple Abundance ~ A Daybook of Comfort and Joy at night before bed to ensure Sweet Dreams. 🙂

    • 02/03/2011 4:50 am

      Hi Nancy,
      Thank you too for your excellent posts! I remember when Sarah first appeared on Oprah in the 1980s, I ran out and bought her book and used it everyday as a journal guide. I wonder how she’s doing of late. Not much is said on her website but I still love her powerful message. 🙂

  10. 01/03/2011 11:17 am

    And I too give thanks for your blog, Eliz. It does motivate me every day, not only to continue the daily posts, but also because it is ALWAYS so positive…we are definitely on the same page of a great book. 🙂
    And thank you also for the blog hop…I’ve met the most wonderful people…you are a magnet for goodness and positivity!

    • 02/03/2011 4:54 am

      Thank you Vivian as we are card carrying members of the mutual admiration society. Thank you very much for the support as it is truly appreciated. I know it’s not easy for any of us to show up regularly as other business gets in the way and commitments call so I do appreciate your friendship. 🙂

  11. 01/03/2011 11:42 am

    You began with Sarah Ban Breathnach who, along with Oprah, totally changed my life. There is no way you can keep a gratitude journal of any sort and not see a shift in your life. I am forever grateful for that. And, very grateful to have found you.

    • 02/03/2011 4:56 am

      Hi Barb,
      I knew you would love this and between the VW and Sarah, I’m on a roll of your favorite things. LOL! Remember her in the 1980s on Oprah? Sarah had a huge impact on me too because I remember her journey well. If she could turn it around, we all have no excuse. 🙂

  12. 01/03/2011 1:55 pm

    Yes, and a big Thank You Eliz!!

    • 02/03/2011 4:57 am

      And a mega, triple scoop of Ice cream thanks to you! 🙂

  13. Bree permalink
    01/03/2011 2:17 pm

    More bliss and abundance to you too. This is very thoughtful and upliftiing.
    Thank you for all you do on and offline.

    • 02/03/2011 4:58 am

      Thank you always for the support… Abundance and bliss to us all. I like that idea of spreading the bliss. 🙂

  14. 01/03/2011 2:39 pm

    Thank you as well Elizabeth for your lovely blog/s and support! I do indeed appreciate it. 🙂

    February has been a wonderful month, as are they all in their own way. I now look forward to brighter and warmer days during the lovely month of March here in Sweden.

    I wish you a wonderful week,

    • 02/03/2011 5:01 am

      Hi Alex,
      Thank you too for your support. I am looking forward to the spring as I want to see the daffodils bloom and the crocuses poke out their little heads. I hope your March is warm and bright. 🙂

  15. 01/03/2011 6:08 pm

    Eliz: It is always inspiring to visit your blog, instantly bringing cheer and joy in one’s heart and life. 🙂 Blogging is very awesome, as it brings a new awareness to the meaning of sharing a part of our life with so many, and reading about other’s life and adventures. It’s all a part of this fabulous journey of life we are all traveling. 🙂

    • 02/03/2011 5:03 am

      Thank you Penny and I am inspired by your real world feats! I do enjoy blogging and look forward to reading your next post too. perhaps we can conference and figure out the email thing; it’s not difficult. 🙂

  16. 01/03/2011 9:24 pm

    I’m going to run downstairs and thank my husband for the wonder dinner he cooked and for being an angel. And my son for being one of my best friends. Life is good.

    • 02/03/2011 5:07 am

      Oh Jacqui,
      You are very funny! I hope everyone threw their hands in the air, gave a victory sign and then gave you a big hug. LOL!
      Thanks again for all the wonderful tips and tools you share. It’s great to revisit and learn from you. 🙂

  17. 02/03/2011 10:17 am

    As always you never fail to inspire us. Thank you for keeping your posts fresh and inviting. It’s what keeps us coming back for more! 🙂

    • 02/03/2011 5:09 pm

      Thank you SoapBird! I’m looking forward to more of your posts in-between your busy schedule… Hope you are settled in with the store and all is going well? 🙂 Thank you, Eliz

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