Thursday, February 5, 2009

Above and Beyond

Bird Nest Watercolor   © Laure Ferlita

There are people you meet out in cyber space that touch your heart in unexpected ways - their kindness, their will to live, the joy with which they live. It seems that we, or at least I, seldom take the time to say, "Thank you for sharing your life, your joy, your time with me." I mean we don't really know them, do we?  And then sometimes we find out too late that we cannot say these words to them, our opportunity is gone.

I dedicate this post to Heidi, a cyber buddy, that has lost a fierce and ferocious battle with cancer. She lived life as much as she could, with an attitude of joy and thankfulness. She appreciated her family, her friends, and the online community that rallied around her in support with each new round of cancer treatments. She will be so sorely missed - she was one of the good ones!

I also dedicate this to neighbors that go out of their way to help in little and big ways. For being there in times of unexpected need. For caring. For lifting us up - sometimes physically - so that we are comforted. For being with us so that we don't have to be alone. Good neighbors are on the Endangered Species list, but they're not gone yet. 

I hope you'll take a moment to reach out to a cyber buddy or a friend or a neighbor and let them know you care, that you enjoy reading their posts, or their company. It only takes a moment. 

8 comments:

  1. That is beautiful. So sorry to hear about Heidi.

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  2. Thanks, Ana, she was a courageous woman. She will be missed.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your friend. Sometimes we forget how much the internet means to people, the friend they make and encouragement they receive from their cyber-friends.

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  4. A thoughtful and touching post. Heidi sounds like a wonderful person and I'm sorry I never had an opportunity to meet her.

    Sometimes I think cyberbuddies know us in ways that our "real life" friends do not. There's something about writing, as opposed to verbal communication, that's more thoughtful and perhaps more revealing of our true selves. Though I haven't known you that long, I think it's been long enough to safely say that you're also one of the "good ones" and I thoroughly enjoy your beautiful blog.

    BTW - the hummer nest looks fab! You did a great job... and so quickly!

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  5. Thank you, Lori, and yes, I think you're right - we do tend to forget and we're so busy, it's easy to take it, and our friends, for granted.

    Thanks, Teresa, you may be right about it being more revealing. I'll have to ponder that. Thanks for the kind comments on the blog and the nest.

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  6. When you have a few minutes please pop over to my blog... there's an Art Blog Award for you there!

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  7. Such a beatuiful dedication and painting. Blogging friends are such good buddies and it is so sad to lose them.

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  8. Thanks, Teri, and you're right. To me it is as difficult to lose them as it is to lose a friend that you see and know in your off-line life, maybe more so.

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