The very sweet and super cool Clairedelalune has gifted me with the One Lovely Blog Award! Claire and I recently discovered each other and I am having so much fun getting to know her. She's fun and is a breath of fresh air in the blogging world. Thank you oodles and oodles, Claire, for honoring me with this award!
Here are the rules attached to this award: 1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. 2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
It would be difficult for me to list 15 blogs, not because there aren't 15 worthy of it, but because I'd surely make myself sick worrying about the choice. Instead, I will do this (please forgive me gods of the lovely blog award; I hope you'll accept my twist of the rules):
Since this award is called the "One Lovely Blog Award," anyone who writes in the next week about an act or expression of loving kindness may accept this award. If you do so, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post and I will link to your blog in next Tuesday's Simply Kind Tuesdays post. OR, if I visit your blog and see that you've written about this subject, I will mention you as well.
The lovely and talented Hybrid J has been so kind as to award me with the Noblesse Oblige Award. Whenever I visit Hybrid J's blog, I always come away with something to think about. I am so glad she received this award, because it is well deserved! I humbly accept it and thank you with all my heart, Hybrid J!
Details of Noblesse Award:
The recipient of this award is recognized for the following:
- The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervade amongst different cultures and beliefs.
- Their Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage, and offers solutions
- There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Cultures, Sciences and Beliefs
- The Blog is refreshing and creative
- The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.
The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following:
- Create a post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award
- The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post
- Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older posts as support
- The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions
- Blogger must display the Award at any location at their Blog.
Hmmm, what has my blog thus far achieved? I have tried to keep this blog a positive place to visit. Pretty pictures, positive thoughts and stories, and a sense of welcome and comfort. I'm inviting you to slip your shoes off, kick back in a comfy chair and share a cup of tea or coffee (or perhaps a margarita?) and some lovely conversation. I have met many beautiful and inspiring people through this blog and am deeply grateful.
Now, to whom do I give this award?
I have decided to give this to the group of bloggers who regularly participate in "Sleeping With Bread." What is Sleeping with Bread?
During the bombing raids of WWII, thousands of children were orphaned and left to starve. The fortunate ones were rescued and placed in refugee camps where they received food and good care. But many of these children who had lost so much could not sleep at night. They feared waking up to find themselves once again homeless and without food. Nothing seemed to reassure them. Finally, someone hit upon the idea of giving each child a piece of bread to hold at bedtime. Holding their bread, these children could finally sleep in peace. All through the night the bread reminded them, "Today I ate and I will eat again tomorrow." (Linn, Dennis et al, Sleeping With Bread, p.l)
These are the beginning words of a book that introduced me (the meme's host, Mary-LUE), to a practice called the examen. The orphans held on to what nourished them and were thus able to sleep peacefully at night. The examen, based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, helps a person hold onto what spiritually nourishes him by looking at what is giving him consolation in his life or causing him desolation. It allows someone to express his gratitude to God for the good stuff and turn to him for solace for the bad stuff. It is quite simple. You simply ask yourself, in the last day/week/month what gave me consolation and what caused me desolation.
If I have missed someone, I do apologize. On the weeks I have participated, reflecting on the previous week's ups and downs has helped me find the good that wasn't always apparent. It helps clarify what brought me through the tough moments and serves as a reminder of what or who will stick by me and where my focus should be. I do hope you will try it sometime. Thank you SWB members for inspiring and nourishing me!