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01/05/2011
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“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Gautama Buddha

Happiness: The Candle never Decreases by being Shared... Connect!

One hundred and twenty one days ago, throngs of bloggers joined the Daily Post Challenge eager to commit to write daily/weekly/ or as often as possible. It was an exciting beginning, and most of us were determined to barrel our way through the challenge and see if we could find enough to say, share, and read.ย  Along the way, we made friends, lost a few blogger friends, had days that glowed, and days that made us glower. Through it all, the best lesson has been that our collective joy has not been diminished by our shared effort to support each other, to write when/what we deem best, or to take a rest when needed. What about your lesson?

Our candles, which were lit from the first WordPress Daily Post candle of encouragement, continue to glow and grow.ย  I say hurray/thank you to our blogging community and to all my blogging friends, new and not so new, for adding to my blogging happiness.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”ย  Epictetus

Happiness: The Candle Never Decreases By Being Shared... myriad ornate candles

Back in the early days of the challenge, I wondered and worried about what to write. As time went by, I focused on simply doing the best I could and used either the assigned prompts, my own ideas or ideas from others/events around me. Like the many different candles above, we’ve all contributed our myriad voices and blog posts to the process, thus, helping each other grow and learn. The discipline of writing a daily post has been both deeply challenging and rewarding… and we are all richer for our efforts; be it daily, weekly orย  periodically. Which have you done?

According to a recent post by Erica Johnson, co-coordinator with Scott Berkum, on our accomplishments to date, we have completed 33% of the challenge and we now have 243 days till January 1, 2012. I can’t believe we’ve come this far, yet I am thrilled that the journey, while difficult, has opened the door for us to meet tons of WP bloggers and make some long lasting friends… I want to thank all of you individually and maybe one day we will have a gathering. For now, we can say hello/kudos and continue to light each others candles with our blog support via, likes, comments, and more… And you?

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Happiness: The Candle Never Decreases By Being Shared... happy graduates

When it was suggested that we pick our top three posts that we’ve published since starting the challenge, I chose to look at the month of April and found several that I enjoyed sharing and that I hoped others enjoyed reading.ย  As someone asked, how do you even pick three favorite posts? Should it be the ones we simply enjoyed writing, or ones with more comments, or likes? Personally, I think it should be whatever stirs your heart to choose and share; all are deeds well done. I picked six that I felt were representative of April’s goals and effort. I hope you like them. Three Gifts/HeartMatters/BlogAwards, Grateful for the Quietude, ย  Finding Acceptance, ย  To Live w/out Belief, Interviews Series,ย  andย  Another Look at Spring. ๐Ÿ™‚

On a final note, I loved the picture above of graduates tossing their hats in the air.ย  I feel we all deserve to do same;ย  having kissed April goodbye and on to a new month of accomplishments… I doff my hat to all the participants and say; Share more, Write more, Comment/Like more, Don’t hold back, Your candle never decreases by being shared.ย  Oh, and use that like button liberally, we all love seeing those little gravatars. Kudos!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  What are your thoughts? How has your journey been? What else made you blog happy in April? Do share. . Thank You! ๐Ÿ™‚

Positive Motivation Tip: Happiness is a choice and it grows when shared with others…

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photo of candle-burning, many ornate candles, happy graduates,via Wikipedia from my personal collection.

Until Next Timeโ€ฆ
Ask. Believe. Receive. ยฉ
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

33 Comments leave one →
  1. InsideJourneys permalink
    02/05/2011 12:19 am

    Congratulations on another month of posting daily!

    • 02/05/2011 1:38 am

      Congratulations to you too… This is a collective effort and we all deserve to be celebrated.
      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 02/05/2011 7:23 am

      By the way, what is your blog address as I’d like to comment back … support you too? ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you!
      Eliz

  2. 02/05/2011 1:34 am

    Yea, I finally made it back online, and what a wonderful quote to find at the beginning! So true… thank you for reminding me that candles are actually inexhaustible… I was quite nearly forgetting ๐Ÿ˜‰
    It’s so nice to read your words again – I hope I can find the time again before another two months pass! Cheers!

    • 02/05/2011 1:40 am

      Glad to see you again Leslee,
      We have missed you and I do hope you will continue to add your voice and posts to the blogosphere.
      How’s the new job? I wish you well and look forward to your posts. Yes, the candle burns for all of us.
      Congratulations too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Bree permalink
    02/05/2011 3:37 am

    Congratulations! May you continue to meet bloggers who support you and vise versa.
    All of you should be proud of your efforts.;-)
    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    B

    • 02/05/2011 7:20 am

      Thank you and Amen! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      It does take effort to keep the support going and I must say that while it is not easy, it is not impossible to do… I do a few marathon catch up sessions from time to time. The way I see it, what’s the point of blogging if you don’t read and comment on other peoples blogs? It takes me about 2 hours reading and commenting on other blogs and naturally, I’m always evaluating the process… No one likes to feel like they are in a one-sided relationship. Plus, I need to catch up on comments here now which became difficult because I was responding elsewhere; something I do enjoy doing.
      Like they say, it’s a process… ๐Ÿ™‚
      Eliz

  4. 02/05/2011 5:56 am

    you wrote:
    Like the many different candles above, weโ€™ve all contributed our myriad voices and blog posts to the process, thus, helping each other grow and learn.
    +
    special compliment, ELIZ, for your INTERVIEW series!

    • 02/05/2011 7:05 am

      Thanks Frizztext and special compliments to you for being such an awesome, consistent blog buddy! I truly appreciate your support and love your daily offerings too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 02/05/2011 9:32 am

    Thank you for always being one source of inspiration in my blogging journey. Your blog has always given me great insight and keeps on reminding me about many important things in life I tend to take for granted.

    Kudos!

    • 02/05/2011 9:54 am

      Thank you for your blog and for your contributions to my journey. I love the camaraderie and meeting new friends in the blogging world. I love the idea that we are all around the world. So I learn from others too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 02/05/2011 9:33 am

    Oh Elizabeth, sometimes I forget that you are part of the daily challenge because it seems to flow so easily for you! That’s why I smiled when I saw your statement that you worried about what to write and if anyone would read it. You are a ROCK STAR of the blogging world!! Truly, I adore your format, your inspirational messages and incredible photos. I hope by the end of it all it will be so easy and natural that you will not stop. I am one of your biggest fans! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 02/05/2011 10:01 am

      Oh Karen, You are too kind. I am flattered but I know that your blog inspires me too. I am glad we connected as I have learned a lot from you as well. As for rock star, I look forward to the day when that happens. LOL! For now, I just another lounge singer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 02/05/2011 10:52 am

    I’m happy that you and I can continue to write our each blog.
    It is a pleasure to share various idea or thought on many people’s blogs.

    • 03/05/2011 12:40 am

      I agree. I really enjoy visiting and reading your perspective on things.
      Plus, you have helped me stay in touch with daily life in Japan. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 02/05/2011 11:59 am

    A ROCK STAR. I like that! Yes you are Elizabeth! Great post!

    • 03/05/2011 12:39 am

      You are the rockstar honey… Remember I am a lounge singer for now. lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 02/05/2011 1:59 pm

    Eliz, you are an amazing inspiration to us all! You have shared your ‘light’ with us all! Thank you, again!!!

    • 03/05/2011 12:38 am

      And so have you Rosa… I love my daily serving of fine paintings; courtesy of you! ๐Ÿ™‚ TY!

  10. 02/05/2011 3:44 pm

    Whether or not you are a “rock star” . . . you rock!

    Keep on enjoying the journey as the path unfolds before you. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 03/05/2011 12:37 am

      Ditto Nancy! The sentiments are mutual and this has been quite the journey for all of us… Lots of grace given and needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 02/05/2011 7:58 pm

    Eliz
    I have not been able to do the blog a day, or the photo daily challenge. But, I have enjoyed reading each of your blogs. You are a bright light to each of us with your words of inspiration and all the effort you put into writing each blog. Thank you Eliz
    Penny

    • 03/05/2011 12:35 am

      You have done your best under the circumstances and two demanding jobs. You’ve done well. Kudos and thanks for your support!:-)

  12. 02/05/2011 9:30 pm

    I can’t believe we’ve kept up with it so successfully this far! ๐Ÿ™‚ congrats on going onto our 5th month of the challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (And don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the blogger spotlight I still have to fill out!! It’s just been really busy lately!)

    • 03/05/2011 12:31 am

      Yes and everyone has worked hard; some under extenuating circumstances… We are blessed. OK, please send it soon. TY ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 04/05/2011 1:24 am

    Thank you Elizabeth, you have been a light unto my path here as I delved into the world of blogging. All of the bloggers I have come to know have been very inspiring.

    Walter

  14. 04/05/2011 7:57 am

    Your blog is quite inspiring and I love the graduation picture. It reminds me of my own three graduations that didn’t turn out to be what it should have been.
    I haven’t tried that “post a day”. I read like 15 to 20 blogs a day, “like” some and “comment” some. I’d like to be inspired, live my life to the fullest and follow my own heart. I am glad that I found your site. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks

    • 04/05/2011 10:23 am

      Oh that is sweet… Thanks again for your comment. I loved the energy and the uniforms, it is a terrific picture of navy grads from Annapolis… I believe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. dogear6 permalink
    08/05/2011 11:56 pm

    Thanks for the mention! That was very nice.

    Nancy
    http://dogear6.wordpress.com/

    • 09/05/2011 1:27 am

      Thank you too Nancy! It was a pleasure to add your post to the mix. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. dogear6 permalink
    09/05/2011 12:11 am

    I enjoyed reading your top six posts. Very thoughtful – you put a lot of effort into your posts.

  17. 10/05/2011 5:10 pm

    Awesome article. I enjoy it and hope you keep writing.

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