Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Honest Blogger

I've happily discovered several new blogs (to me) recently that truly speak to my soul. When I first started blogging, a couple of the blogs I first found were wonderful story blogs, people sharing the stories of their lives. Then some of my friends from my decorating group sites started blogs about decorating with a lot of beautiful pics, and I started following several of them. Somehow, I've been lead to sites lately that speak more to the spirit, to an awakening, to the beauty of our inner selves. These truly speak to me, as my own blog was initially intended to be about my own exploration to the center of my self. (I believe that age makes one more self-reflective. At least it does in my case. :-D)

One of those blog discoveries is Laura, at Shine the Divine: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice. Her blog includes her beautiful art and messages that bring a smile to the heart. Laura surprised me by awarding the Honest Blogger Award to me this week! Thanks, Laura! I'm not normally one who posts awards, but this really touched me because Laura is a new friend and sister in my journey.

Per some of the guidelines of the Honest Blogger Award, as honest bloggers we:

* Speak our truth from the heart and tell it like it is
* Share openly and honestly our true feelings without fear of judgement, blame or shame
* We acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses and don't see them in terms of success or failure
* We are free spirits

There are several more, all basically saying that an Honest Blogger strives to be honest, guileless, and acknowledge that we are each on our own unique and special journey.

I'll admit that I'm still not fully comfortable about sharing at times; I do still have some fear of judgement. I guess most of us do. We all want to be liked. We all want others' approval, not their disapproval. But there comes a point when we begin to learn to stand in our own truth, when the judgement of others doesn't matter as deeply as our desire to be known for who we are.

Who am I? A reader, a pianist, a dancer, a writer, an artist, a thinker, a person of love and peace and so much more. These are some of the things that I am in my self, outside of my relationships to others (family, friends, colleagues). To truly know my self is to know who I am when my identity is not defined by my relationships. It's easy to get caught up in being defined as mother, daughter, sister, friend, spouse, but in the still, quiet moments of life, we each stand alone and need to know who we are in that space.

There are many who I consider to be Honest Bloggers that I follow, so I don't feel comfortable awarding this to just one right now. If you feel that you are an Honest Blogger, though, (and honestly, you would know better than me) please take the award if you wish. Thank, you, Laura!

I wish you truth and peace in the still and quiet spaces. Namaste


Laura Hegfield said...

It's so great to see this well deserved award up on your blog! I love what you said about finding yourself (ourselves) outside of our relationships. I think both aspects of self...who we are in and of ourselves and who we are in relation to others both define us...but that often our independent selves get forgotten. Thanks for this important reminder.

It has been a joy for me to read your wise words and to pass this award on to you.


Sue Simpson aka - The Purple Pixie said...

Congratulations Rose....and welcome to the sisterhood of Honest Bloggers. If people's them with the problem sweetie. There's non of us perfect. The award was designed really to help those who feel they should hold 'Let it all hang out! YAY!!!!!
I look forward to reading your blog in mare detail. Once again a great big warm welcome

Sue xxx

Jan said...

Guess what?! There is a gift waiting for you at my blog. Congratulations! Blessings,

PixieDust said...

So fitting, mi amor, so fitting... I'm always touched by the honesty and depth of your stories. And I agree, it is not always easy, but all the more courageous because you persevere.


Jan said...

Hi again Rose,
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Lady Prism said...

You most certainly deserve this award. Rose! And look how pretty it is! :))

As much as I love reading cooking and designing blogs, it is the intimate and heartfelf sharing of a blogger's life that uplifts me so much. I am so just blessed to be reading you and the others as well, know why?

By reading your posts I actually become a better person. I find myself! I discover me in others and learn to accept my shortcomings as well as my goodness.

Caroline said...

Rose, this is why I love your blog. You are honest, open and incredibly compassionate. Thanks for the well wishes too...being sick is no fun! And yes, I have the book by Dr. Emoto...really amazing isn't it?

Peace to you.