Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring, all of which have
the potential to turn a life around.
~ Leo Buscaglia
Who doesn’t like surprises and gifts?
It was Friday morning, November 2nd. Friday means a busy morning. It’s my morning to mentor with a group of young moms of preschoolers. I stole just a minute to check my inbox.
And there it was — just what I needed to make my morning go ever so well. WordPress had left me a notice of a new post on Kathy Pooler’s blog, Memoir Writer’s Journey. Kathy had honored me with a “Written Acts of Kindness Award”.
First, Kathy, thank you so much! I am delighted be the recipient you chose to pass on this award to.
Second, what is this award all about?
Cate Russell-Cole is a trainer, editor, social worker and author with an understanding of both the psychological and technical aspects of writing. She currently writes and coaches online. Her website communiCATE is filled with resources for writers.
Cate recently decided to develop an award to recognize people who inspire her. Her explanation follows here:
“Success never comes solely from your own efforts. There are always others along the way who give you a hand up; encourage you; or give you that resource, or piece of advice you never could have done without.
From today onwards, when someone inspires me, or if I see someone who is using their writing gift to help others, I am going to take the time to thank them publicly. To do that, I have created this award. I also want to make it open to anyone to use, so they can say thank you for making a difference in the writing community and/or in your life.
“This is not meant to be just another blogger award, with time-consuming requirements for passing it on. This is an award which is meant to be passed on with sincerity. You don’t have to receive it in order to be able to give it. You can take the details and images off this post now and use it to encourage another writer.
“I feel so honored. Life is good. And now I get to pass this award on to someone who has inspired me. Since I have so many wonderful virtual blogger friends who have inspired me, I may be passing this on to others along the way.
Today it’s my chance to surprise someone else with this award.
I choose fellow memoir writer, editor and blogger Linda Thomas.
When I began to formulate my plan for writing my memoir, I was searching the Internet for resources. I came across Linda’s blog, Spiritual Memoirs 101. The “101” caught my attention as a beginning, a starting point. I have followed Linda’s blog ever since. Now, we are keeping track of each other here, there and everywhere it seems.
Linda has authored a memoir, Grandma’s Letters from Africa, sharing her years spent in Africa. In this narrative, uniquely told through letters to her granddaughters, Linda shares how she stumbles into adventures most grandmas could not imagine — a hippo charges her, a Maasai elder spits at her, and a baboon poops in her breakfast. Grandma’s Letters from Africa is a chronicle of God’s heart, His delightful creativity, and His amazing power to help those in need.
Linda also blogs about her years in Africa at Grandma’s Letters from Africa.
Linda inspires me with her compassionate sharing of her own stories, both past and present, and how they have been impacted by her strong faith in God. Her compassion reaches out from her blog posts, in her comments on yours, and in her sharing on Facebook.
Linda’s posts are always thoughtful and filled with solid writing advice. She is careful to lead the reader through the process that makes writing a pleasant and joyful journey despite the pain or sorrow that might have been.
Linda’s generous spirit is evident in many ways, but most thoughtfully so in her encouragement and support for her fellow writers.
Thank you, Linda, for being my inspiration and encouragement. Please enjoy this award which you have so richly earned.
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Thank you to Kathy for bringing me into the circle of award winners, and thanks to Cate for initiating this award and encouraging all of us to pay tribute to those who inspire us.
My favorite part of this award is that you can give it as many times as you want to, one blog post at a time. Also anyone can award it to anyone else at anytime so you will see more awards from me.
Linda, please take the badge below and use it as you wish. The rules for passing this award on are very simple, another thing I like about it:
- You are welcome to give it out as many times as you like, but it is only to be given to a maximum of one person per blog post. If you wish to give multiple rewards, please space the blog posts by at least a week so the sincerity is maintained.
- Introduce the person; say how they encourage, help or inspire you; then link to their work and/or social media profiles. There may be a specific post you wish to link to which helped you. It’s up to you.
- Please publicise your award post to Twitter or Google Plus using the hashtag #writtenkindness so that they can find and follow the award winners.
Now, Linda, it’s your turn to “pay it forward ” to someone who inspires you.
And everyone else can do the same.
Let’s join together to spread random acts of written kindness all over cyberspace!
Who inspires you?