A wonderful inspirational couple and their dog – please share. Thank you http://ow.ly/KshUS
All of the hard work and frustrations of writing a book are more than rewarded when we get reviews such as this one;-
Thank you so much Jennyfer for your lovely praise – it is very much appreciated 🙂
When I was hit by the frightening realisation that I could not sell my books without being a social media member, I took it on the chin and decided that it could surely not be that bad. How wrong can one be? But my reasons for being overwhelmed are other than you may think.
I was first struck – honestly and heart-fiillingly struck – by the number of amazing people on this planet and the amazing causes to which they give their time and energy selflessly for the ‘better good’. It renewed my waning faith in the good of human nature with which we have supposedly been blessed. I also found that it is easier to avoid contacts on a computer screen than it is in ‘real life’. For someone who is rather ‘people-averse’ this is a good thing. It’s almost as though you can take the goodness of people and put it into a little pot and breath in the sweet aroma and you can leave out the bad bits of people which you don’t want to allow inside the pot. How wonderful this all sounds but………it’s all just too much!
When you can literally connect with a world of people who are sharing their ‘insides’ it’s an overwhelming reality. These people, who in another universe would never divulge their need for love, adventure, change, forbidden desires …… something different. I find it so strange that we are mostly incapable of doing this in person, face to face, but are happy to share so much with an invisible being. How many of us would admit to the silliness/laughter/mischief which we would love to be part of – it’s just not the done thing.
And so it is all much more than we introverted, thought-driven people can cope with. The further that you dive into the whirlpool of the web, the more than you seek and feed on other people’s goodness, the more it drags you in and then one day you realise that you haven’t time for a life because your life IS the web.
I don’t know if you saw the brilliant video ‘look up’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY It is so true – we spend so much time doing/thinking/talking/texting/emailing/reading/game-playing/watching that our life passes us by and the beauty of the world and its lessons and peace go by unnoticed.
As William Henry Davies said;-
‘What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’. http://www.englishverse.com/poems/leisure
What more is there to say 🙂 Blessings and wishing you a wonderful weekend however you may choose to spend it 🙂
YEY!! I did it 🙂
Thank you so much to those people who sponsored me. Thank you for having faith in me – it was your faith as much as the desire to help raise money that kept me on the straight and narrow – plus a little help from my husband and daughter 🙂 It has been a most enlightening experience. Many thanks to @JustGiving – their email support has been brilliant and made such a difference. I felt ‘connected’ to the other people doing the same thing. Again, an interesting concept as being part of a ‘team’ in reality is not one of my favourite things, but being part of a ‘virtual’ team was very uplifting.
Anyway, well done to everyone who has succeeded – indeed well done to anyone who has tried. I think that this is about the tenth year that I’ve tried a dry January and this is the first time that I’ve succeeded, so don’t give up for next year 🙂
Only three more days and I will have completed my challenge. So what have I learnt during my abstinence?
- I can survive without alcohol
- I can have a bad day without NEEDING alcohol (not sure how well this would stand without medication!)
- I haven’t died because I haven’t had alcohol
- I’ve lost weight!
- I can talk to people without needing to have a drink first
- I can go out socially and not drink without wanting to crawl into a corner
- I CAN still focus on a goal and achieve it
- Becks Blue is brilliant!
- Now my time is almost up, I’m not actually that bothered about having a drink
- But I AM happy that I will again have a choice
- No hangovers – although my head has hurt just as much due to lack of alcohol!
- People who want a cuppa in the evening instead of a glass of wine are not deviant
- You don’t have to be boring just because you don’t drink – although not drinking doesn’t stop you being boring 🙂
- My family and friends have supported me and are pleased with me for sticking at it so I feel……..good
Well, there is a tidy list of positives – the negatives? I can’t think of any, except that my brain doesn’t work as well on its own 🙂
Yet if I had been asked to stop drinking for a month just for me – which has been the case on several occasions (sorry doctor!) – I would have been most uncooperative and never achieved it.
It just goes to show that if we do things for someone else it is a major incentive. I wanted to raise some money to help, and I also didn’t want to let down the people who had faith in me and sponsored me.
There are still three days left to sponsor me so please don’t feel left out 🙂 Hopefully I can get back to my next novel following on from ‘Petals of a Rose’. There are people watching and waiting so that they can find out what happens to Rose, so I don’t want to tease them 🙂
Hope you’re having a great week. Bye for now 🙂
I can’t believe that I am almost there! This is the longest that I have been without some light alcohol relief for……….a long time 🙂 I really wanted to achieve this small goal because this is absolutely nothing compared to the continual small goals which cancer sufferers have to endure each and every day. This is all that I can do to help raise some money for Cancer Research’s work to continue. I can’t run marathons (I can’t run at all without the risk of a heart-attack!) so I think this is a brilliant, non-physical way for everyone to be able to take part. Obviously there are people who don’t drink but they seem to be giving up something else instead, like chocolate or sweets. So there is really no excuse. Everyone can do something to feel useful and help, whether it be for cancer or for one of the many, many other worthwhile causes. Maybe we should have something each month – Dry January, Free from chocolate February, No sweets November 🙂
I know that there are lots of people out there doing so much good work and fund-raising who don’t need a prod to help, but there are lots of people like me who need a little shove.
Unfortunately, the creative juices would seem to be directly linked to my lack of alcohol and have dried up the same as me 🙂 Ernest Hemingway may have had a point,
So to those merry (or not so merry!) souls who have one more week to go I wish you ‘happy abstaining‘.