You know what? I have a confession to make and it’s this: sometimes I'm so moved by the generosity and sweet thoughtfulness of my wonderfully inspiring bloggy friends that I get all choked up! It could be because of a post which reaches out to touch the very heart of me, or something someone did to help make a particular life a little less painful. Perhaps it was because of the courage and tenacity of somebody whose own life has been torn asunder by illness or loss, maybe it was a poem or a lyrical piece of prose or it could have been a beautifully rendered work of art. Often it’s because of the many wonderful comments on a post. Sometimes, of course, the teariness is a result of tummy-clutching hilarity. Many of my blog friends are not only heart-warmingly self-deprecating, but can make me rock with laughter at their madcap antics and Wildean sense of humour!
I know that there are some bloggers who are a bit sceptical about awards – but I’m certainly not one of them. If someone out there in the blogosphere has decided that what I write delights and amuses or holds some sort of resonance for them, then I’m enormously proud and honoured to be given the accolade that these awards carry with them. Above all, it is surely an acknowledgement of what I do here on my blog is worthwhile and so each and every award I receive is cherished.
It is in that spirit that I would like to pass on the International Reach Out Award. You see, it was a very special friend’s birthday yesterday.....
Dr Maithri Goonetilleke has reached out across the world to touch the hearts and minds of so many on his blog ‘The Soaring Impulse’. Quite apart from his exceptional talent with words and music, I immediately felt a connection because of his humanitarian work in his capacity as a doctor with the sick and dying in Swaziland, a place I knew well. Of course, most of you have ‘met’ Maithri, and I know that all of you have been deeply moved by his work with the Good Shepherd Hospital and Baylor Clinic in Swaziland.
Inspired by the way in which he reaches out with such love and compassion to build the bridges that he speaks of so eloquently, I have created my own special award in his honour on his birthday. It is to acknowledge the depth and breadth of the warm open-heartedness from bloggers all over the world who reach out and touch their readers with their words. The award is also a way of saying thank you for your contributions - in both words and deeds - to the people of Swaziland.
“It has been my experience that whenever one human being reaches out to another in compassion, a bridge is built. A bridge which leads out of despair, into the light of hope and the possibility that tomorrow will hold a few less tears than yesterday” Dr. Maithri Goonetilleke.
In no particular order the International Reach Out Award is for these special people who have all, in their own unique way, done exactly that – they’ve built bridges:
Val, Karen; Beth Kephart; Bee; Lola; Nicky; Mama Shujaa; Zurama; Rosaria; Cuban in London, Anna Lefler, Angela (Geli); Vanessa Brantley-Newton; Lori; Ces; Renee; Bella; Elizabeth Wix; Barb; Erin; Grace; David (authorblog); Cynthia; Amy (Uncensored); Delwyn; Jinsky; Tracy (Hey Harriet); Yoli; Yoborobo; JuneMoonToon; San; Delwyn; Karin; Nancy; Elizabeth (A Moon); Thousand Clapping Hands; Irene (Gossamer); Willow Manor; Deb (Artshtick); Rob; Linda Sue; Rose-Ann; Butternut Squash; Sara Lulu; Holly; Adrienne Trafford; kj (Options); Polly (Sotto Voce); Pyria (Plum Tree); Soulbrush; Studio Lolo; E (Tear Stained); Sallymandy; Reya; Meredith; Anaka; Ribbon; ValGalArt; Pink Dogwood; Karen; Tracy (Pink Purl); Exmoor Jane.
You can click and copy the award and paste it on your sidebar if you’d like to. No obligation, of course!
We’re off to Turkey tomorrow – so I’ll ‘see’ you all when I get back. In the meantime I wish you laughter and love and happy days.