Thursday, January 24, 2008

gift[s] from the sea



to say i am thrilled with the turnout for this week's spt challenge would be an understatement. i have spent hours reading about blog names. learning what makes each name special, each blog special. learning more about why we blog and what we take away from it. learning that there are a lot of people who've been visiting amuse-bouche, and i didn't even know you were? (thank you so much to all of you who are jumping in to this fun project!! give a shout out sometime so i know you're there!)

as much fun as it has been to read all of your posts this week, the greater joy for me has come from reading the comments you have left for me. a little positive reinforcement is always good for the soul.

there were many days (early days) of blogging when i felt adrift in the great sea of the Internet. putting my thoughts out there, hitting the publish button, and waiting, breath held, for a comment, an acknowledgement that my words had reached somebody. in many ways, i was like a beachcomber, tossing my message in a bottle out to sea in hopes that it would somewhere, someday connect with another soul. and in the same way, i horde the messages that come back to me, visit them from time to time when i need to feel connected.

last year, i read this book, and it still its on my nightstand. as a lover of words, of language, of metaphor, i pull strength from her words. the irony is not lost on me that i live near the sea, i live the metaphoric life. i wonder if there is not room for a chapter about messages in bottles, as well.

all of this is to say thank you for your wonderful comments this week. thanks to those who have stuck with my over the past year, and thanks to those who are now making introductions. blogging with you, communicating with you soothes my nerves and stimulates my mind. if i have to toss and turn at night, i would much rather be thinking about your kind words than the more mundane details that usually rattle my brain.

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. - anne morrow lindbergh, gift from the sea

14 comments:

pjmesser said...

what beautful post!
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today- really... it made my day.
This post is a keeper- truly one of my favorite posts ever! I completely relate :) pj

Amy said...

I need to read that book...it has popped up in so many places. I, too, was thrilled to see how many SPTers there were this week. I loved randomly stopping by a few that I'd never met before.

Thank you for helping the world seem smaller & cozier, Lelly!

carlo said...

oh sniffle, sniffle! i love your words and THANK YOU for the spt inspiration

your comments on my blog, and the friendship we have built, over this past year have most certainly helped me feel grounded, and much less drift-y, in this wild and crazy sea of life.

thanks too for the reminder :i need to pick up "gift from the sea" again. i had it from the library and renewed it twice and still never finished it but i did love what i made it through.

Kelly said...

Lelly, I loved this! Gift from the Sea is one of my favorites (and I really can't believe Amy hasn't read it), and I loved your take on blogging being like sending out a message in a bottle. So true!

Amy & James said...

I just read this book for the first time and LoVeD it! Next time I read it I'll pull out a highlighter so I can remember my favorite lines. :)

Barb said...

You have become raft in this internet sea, binding many of us together through your SPT.

Katie A. said...

That's exciting that so many people are joining in on SPT. I am amazed each week at how you keep coming up with different challenges, and how each person has their own interpretation on how to respond. It gives me something to look forward to talking about if I'm having a boring week!

michelle said...

Lelly, this post is beautiful! You are the best! I am goig to have to pick that book up or order it on Amazon. It for sure looks like my kind of reading. Thanks again for hosting these SPT's for us. It makes the world a better place.

Becky Porter said...

Lelly, I really relate to your post and I'm so grateful for the new friends I have made in the past months of blogging. Your SPT challenges have created a network for so many great women who need those friendships! Thanks for all you do...

Michelle A. said...

I ws so impressed with the turn out of SPT, it's so great to see everyoone back and more people joining. Great post - sending well wishes your way :)

Poulsen Family said...

I just have to throw in my thank you too, I've already "met" a few new friends through SPT and I enjoy thinking and writing about things I wouldn't have otherwise. One of my goals is to get my blog bound into a book every year to keep as a history, and what good would it be if it was only full of things we did, and not glimpses of the person who was writing it. I hope years down the road when my progenitors read it they'll know me more, and all for the great inspiration you've started. So, Thank you!

michelle said...

What a pleasant surprise to have such a huge turnout this week! I take it you don't mind if we are days late on our posts...

So funny, I have had a post on Gift From the Sea drifting around in my head for weeks now. Maybe I should get on that. (Loving the idea of a chapter on message in bottles.)

Amanda said...

I'm with Barb! I was thinking today about how blogging has changed my life over the past year. I have "met" amazing people and been encouraged and uplifted in so many ways! Thanks to you for bringing so many women from so many places together! Also, here here on the commenting! Whenever I get a comment it's validating those words and thoughts I have shared and it makes my day!

Jill said...

I love that book and have read it twice and think it's one that I will read annually.

You do a great job with SPTs and have really added to the blogging community.