Monday, December 13, 2010

#reverb10 - Day 7, 8 and 9 (Playing a Little Catch.....Up)

“December 9 – Party Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, and shenanigans.” (Author: Shauna Reid)

I can recall in my younger days going out to clubs, drinking and dancing. The people in my life were different then. The consensus being that you couldn’t have fun without loud music, the opposite sex and alcohol.

Times they have-a changed.

Today I rock my own socks off at “private” parties when no one else is home. I dance around the house with my headphones on; no holding back. Lately the best parties have been with my Self, a variety of music consisting of pop, rock, country, alternative and r/b and large cups of coffee swirled with “Splenda.” Most often, these moments of Me Time are what bring me the most Splendor and joY. They are reminiscent of my youth…minus the screwdriver microphone and mirror of course. :-)


“December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.” (Author: Karen Walrond)

Hmm. This IS a hard one! Beautifully different? I’ve been told I have a wicked sense of humor. My daughter gets plenty of giggles when I get my silly on and sing in the car, exaggerating the last word in each phrase, or as though I was performing an opera. With a grin on her face she looks at me strangely and asks, “Are you okay Mom?” It’s really my way of releasing traffic-nightmare-tension.

While my daughter can wiggle her ears, I can wiggle my right nostril. Yeah, I know, not very beautiful, but it is different and I’ve received lots of interest and giggles. What can I say? I’m a little quirky. For example, I can’t smell. I can’t recall ever being able to smell. It has its positive side...when the dog passes gas and everyone is running for their lives to find fresh air…I can relax and enjoy what I’m doing. Sometimes being oblivious is BLiSS.

I often share newsletters and stories to honor family, send handmade greeting cards, yearly calendars with everyone’s special days and inspiring quotes. These often bring delightful smiles and gratitude from the recipients; which makes my heart smile as well.

I have often felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. Beautifully different? I dunno. But I am different and perhaps that’s what makes me beautiful.


“December 7 – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?” (Author: Cali Harris)

How often do we see or meet people in our day-to-day life that we write off because we judge only what our eyes see?

Over the years, many of the real life relationships I have made have moved long distance. I found myself suddenly alone and isolated. Over the past year, social networking has afforded me a sense of community and friendship through online communities. This past year I have been blessed with new experiences, new choices and new people who have filled me with inspiration, hope and desire and who bestowed loving support upon me. Through these online communities, I am making connections I otherwise would have never made and am choosing experiences I might never have had. Where I once felt completely alone and isolated, I am now blessed with positive connections.

Some might consider that the online Universe is a time waster and perhaps creates anti-social behavior. Although, for someone like myself, an extremely shy introvert who lacks strong social skills, the internet and its vast offering of online communities is nothing short of miraculous. It allows me to practice being Me without the fear of awkward silences, sweaty palms or judgment about what I’m wearing or how my hair looks. Online communities allow me to be seen from the inside out; rather than from the outside in.

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