Advent Calendar – Day 3

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Hello, hello, my Readers!

Day 3:  Awakening to Awareness

I cannot remember how I came to this particular blog.  Suggestion?  Saw a comment I liked on another blog then checked him out?  Seriously, I cannot for the life of me remember.  But that is neither here nor there as I did find Eric Tonningsen’s wonderful blog and must include it.  He, too, took time to email me to find out how I was doing.  This is a busy guy.  He’s a coach, has a podcast, is a professional speaker, writer… and he took time to email me?  I never take these things for granted.  He is not shy to tell me to write my “Dale” posts as he calls them and not just participate in Friday Fictioneers – which I was doing at one time.  I was not overly inspired to write anything else at that time and he encouraged me to continue to put myself out there.  Great coach, eh?

His blog is full of insightful, thought-provoking and positive words. He believes in looking for the good, in doing our best and improving our circumstances.

He has been on a sabbatical of sorts and I can’t wait for him to return full-time (if he does; I hope he does).  He did pop in, though, for a few posts here and there, the last time being November 3rd, the day before the midterm elections – and I so loved what he shared, that I shared it with a few friends, too!  The gremlins at WordPress had decided to have me unfollow him and one day, he left a comment on one of my posts, which made me go see what he was up to.  Imagine my surprise at finding out he had been writing but I was getting no notifications.  Bad gremlins.  All has been rectified.  I am just impatiently waiting for Eric’s voice to chime in again 😉



What Skills Do I Lack?

Thursday, November 13

What is the one skill you see in other bloggers that you wish you had?


Well now, it does one no good to compare oneself to others now, does it?  That’s why there are so many anorexic young women (mostly, some men) out there!  They’re so busy comparing themselves to these totally unreal images, they wish they are not who they are, want to be someone else, and then starve themselves striving to get there.  Or, why there are so many people who are totally broke because they want to “Be like the Joneses”, not even realizing that the said Joneses are probably broke to trying to be like the Smiths…

That said, it doesn’t mean we can’t be inspired to better ourselves by learning what others are doing/creating/sharing.  We can admire fellow bloggers and think:  “Hmm… I wonder how they do that?”  Or, “Wow, that is something I would like to do”.

I know I’ve mentioned before that I follow quite a few blogs.   It is funny how you discover a blogger, read the comments people leave, like the comments made by others so you go check out what THEY are writing about and you start following THEM and the next thing you know, you are part of a circle, or two or three.  This is great, when the circle is one you actually want to be in!  I have inadvertently landed in some that just don’t fit.  It took me a long time to realize that it’s OK to leave.  If I am not learning or being entertained then, I must move on.  Better to stick with the ones that have inspired me to join in on various bandwagons, such as the “Monthly Mantel” (helps me work on my decorating creativity), or “The Year In Books”,(helps me to take the time to read).  Who knows?  Maybe I will inspire others to join in on something I create one day!

Now, that said, for the sake of responding to this particular prompt, I would have to say that the one skill I wish I had that some other bloggers have is to … um … jeez … I truly don’t know!

I suppose I could be more consistent (not counting this NaBloPoMo thing, I have been erratic at best!) like many.

I could try to write posts that create a discussion, like Eric Tonningsen’s “Awakening to Awareness”, or get others to interact and participate, like Jean Turbridy’s “Social Bridge”, and I could go on and name quite a few others but it is already midnight and past my bedtime…

I could just simply continue expanding my horizons, being inspired, learning as I go and honing my own skills as well as learning more along the way.