Friday, September 17, 2010

On Fruit and Friendship

On Fruit:
Yesterday's lesson was a little silly. But there it was. And I couldn't resist adding a little humor to this book! The note is DH's way of telling me I need to go to the grocery store.... as if the empty fruit basket weren't clue enough.

On Friendship (the real point of this post):

Some of you know me in the physical world. You may have known me for years. Some of you know me in the virtual world. You may have been following me for awhile and know quite a bit about me and my world. Or you may have only recently found my blog and are just getting to know me.  It doesn't matter.

Today's lesson came early this morning. I was working my way through Google Reader and the feeling washed over me like a gentle wave caressing the shore.

Physical or Virtual World - it doesn't matter. Old friend or New friend - it doesn't matter. Each connection we make, each bond we forge... are all REAL. And these friendships sustain me, they validate me, they feed my soul.

By 8:00 a.m. I knew this. I could feel the post stirring inside me. I left my computer to shower, dress, and contemplate. When I returned, I changed my page-a-day calendar to today's date and read this:

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."  Anais Nin 

The Universe was definitely speaking to me this morning. And I felt that wave of gratitude grow and swell until you could have surfed on my happiness. I felt all those new worlds in me and I was amazed by the strength of the feeling.

It wasn't a single blog post. Or a particular email. Or even the song that was running through my head. It was the sum total of it all.

Do you know what a profound effect you have on my life, sitting there in your own world somewhere behind my computer screen?

Have I told you how much I appreciate you being here? How much I love the comments you leave? My world is more abundant, more vibrant, more beautiful because you are here.

So to each of you reading this, I just want to say thank you... Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for being a shoulder to lean on when I need to cry. Thank you for validating me. Thank you for supporting me and cheering me on.

Most of all, I want to thank you for being a friend.

And leave you with this:


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post, Cheri! I know there are many of us who feel the same way, but I couldn't have put it to words the way you did! Banana note made me laugh!

humel said...

Oh, Cheri.... I'm so touched by what you've said, not least because it articulates how I feel about blogging! Thank you for being my blog friend xx

Sian said...

Cheri, you have such a talent for lifting us all up. It's a gift.

Anonymous said...

Great pages and thanks for the encouragement today! I'm glad I've found your blog!!

Amy said...

I know exactly how you feel Cheri, this is a beautiful post. I really admire the way you articulate your feelings, your writing is wonderful and I appreciate your friendship too!

Kelly Miller said...

"I felt that wave of gratitude grow and swell until you could have surfed on my happiness." Such a beautiful image.

Your friendship has been a gift to me as well.

Cheryl said...

This post gave me chills. The blogosphere is such a blessing because it's introduced me to friends like you. *hugs*