It takes a Village

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First I have to say I love the idea behind this award. It’s not about being “the best” or more inspiring than anyone else. It’s about being a community. For those of us who have been around a while and traded a plethora of awards it gets a little time consuming, well this Award in my humble opinion is not over barring nor to time consuming and it speaks to the reason many if us “Blog”
Not just get our story out there but it’s to reach out and help others rom our own experiences. To belong to a community of like minded people.
So here’s the deal: nominate the people you choose to it used to be 10 and tag bag the people who nominated you, but I think the important part is just to reach out and say “Hey, I appreciate you!!”
So here goes:
I’ve received 2 of these so far and have not replied due to life but this is part of my life so I’m making the time.
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http://sowsewso.com/
http://rendezvouswithrenee.com/
These two lovely ladies have nominated me for this award. If you haven’t already stop by and see what they do it’s worth it. As far as my nominations go they are as follows:
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http://lifeasimprov.com/
http://scvincent.com/
http://stired.wordpress.com/
http://travelingmarla.com/
http://throughthehealinglens.com/
http://experimentalartwithsilvia.wordpress.com/
http://rlbk75.wordpress.com/
http://shackledandcrowned.wordpress.com/
http://mellywilliams.com/
http://kelihasablog.wordpress.com/
http://buckwheatsrisk.com/
http://thesewordsiwrite2012.wordpress.com/
http://hastywords.wordpress.com/

Ok I could go on and on but I’ll stop here for now. Yes I know some of the people I’ve nominated run none awards sites, sorry but I’m being greedy, I just buried my cat, my PD is killing me and this award is about community and you people are as much a part of my family as my flesh and blood family. Some of you I know personally and some of you I know only as a blogger but I love you all for different reasons and this is my way of letting you know.
Alright well happy Sunday I hope the day finds you well and your heart full of love and light.
Namaste
Benjamin

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Moments matter award

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Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered -
 Savoring the experience of quality time.

RULES:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners tell them the great news.

RESOURCES:

▪ What makes a good acceptance speech?

▪ Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way

▪ Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling

▪ Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives

▪ Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech

▪ Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

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First I must give thanks to this wonderful kind-hearted person whom nominated me for this award.

http://ks3nia.wordpress.com/

This is the type of thing that truly deeply touches my heart. If I could take all the weak, hungry,broken and down hearted people of our world and fix, mend console or for a lack of a better word embrace with loving arms I would.
My speech:
I’ll try to keep it short(ish): Moments Matter

I’ve sat on this award in draft mode for a several days, When I look back at my life and I try to think of one moment that  matters more than most or a pivotal moment

that changed my life forever, and to be honest with you, 99% of them are horrid. Death, Loss, confusion, panic and sadness. Then I started to think about well if that’s my life then why would someone nominate me for this most amazing award and it came to light. Yes the moments matter, but I think what the really important part about this award is about is what you do this those moments. Because of the things that I’ve experienced in my life I have chosen a path of friendship, love, compassion, healing and honor.

I make a conscious effort to effect change in my life everyday. I when I say my life im not always talking about me personal. “my” life touches many people, people in the blog world the Art world and in my day-to-day physical life. So how am I effecting change in my life without changing anything about my life. I’m making the world a better place for others in hopes that their lives might be better in turn making everybody life a little better and so forth. Sure we could talk about how great it made me feel to hobble across the street the other dat and help a little old lady across ( true story). Or how good it makes my heart feel when during Christmas last year I gad the Union Gospel Mission enough “new” hats, gloves and scarves to heat an army. Yes giving and helping others makes me feel good. It should make everyone feel good.

So when asked what moments matter to me, I would say all of them, every smile, hug, handshake and kind word I can shake rattle and roll out of this body. Every sunset, flower, smell of fresh-baked cookies and the smell of the sea or a fine country field, those moments matter. So in the spirit of this award I’m going to nominate some blogs, some of these people are “no award zones” so on purpose I might be a little vague but I think it important that they at least know that I think highly enough of them as human beings to nominate them for this award.

http://throughthehealinglens.wordpress.com

http://theothersideofugly.wordpress.com

http://cancerinmythirties.wordpress.com

http://thesewordsiwrite2012.wordpress.com

http://shamanicpath.wordpress.com

http://mindretrofit7.wordpress.com/

http://wisejourney.wordpress.com

http://sofiasiberia.com

http://scvincent.wordpress.com

http://foreverpoetic.wordpress.com

http://lifeasimprov.wordpress.com

http://sarahmonagle.wordpress.com

http://rendezvouswithrenee.wordpress.com

http://tamingtheinvisibledragon.com

http://notallaboutcats.wordpress.com

http://shewritesalittle.wordpress.com

http://connectivetissuedisorders.wordpress.com

http://mellywilliams.wordpress.com

http://kalliopeamorphous.wordpress.com

http://kelihasablog.wordpress.com

Okay so the next time I get nominated for an award im going to copy and paste every single blog I follow, because I actually feel kind of bad that I need to stop. I’m sure I’m way over the 7 or 15 or what ever random number I’m supposed to stop at. Every blog I follow has touched me in a way that made me stop and think and just think about that. what kind of gift these people have that they can stop time for an individual, the one thing that everybody wants more of and nobody can truly has to give you more of.
I right that’s it If ive named you blog in this giant list of people and you do not wish to be on this list please accept my apologize i have the memory
of a small furry animal these days and for those of you who are not on this list, im sorry my hand, shoulder,back got tired and I really need to be off this laptop

 

Namaste

Benjamin

Very inspiring blog 2013

First I must be thankful to the person whom nominated me, I’m honored to except this award and to have the opportunity to share this persons blog with others so please my friends take one click and visit another inspirational blogger: http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com/

Then on to the business at hand in going to make it 8 questions instead of seven: things about me.
1. I was born in a vineyard in Napa CA
2. I don’t kill bugs
3. Despite hosting a blog where I bare my soul, I’m the flesh I m very reserved and cherish greatly my times of solitude.
4. My goal for 2013 is to sell one painting a month (hint,hint) 😉
5. I am now as of today retired from corporate America. At(42)
6. My paintings draw inspiration from nature, human struggle, emotional conflict and a passion for oneness with my medium.
7. I collect art, shoes, watches and vintage ties.
8. I believe it is possible to love in many ways, many things and people in life as I believe that as an “old soul” many of us have met before.
Namaste.
On to the cool part the nomination of others. I’ve tried before and cutting and pasting my entire list of 503 blogs I follow doesn’t work so I will choose the following:

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http://scvincent.com/
http://scienerf.wordpress.com/
http://whimsymimsy.wordpress.com/
http://countrywomanpaints.com/
http://throughthehealinglens.com/
http://reflectionsonlifethusfar.wordpress.com/
http://stired.wordpress.com/
http://notallaboutcats.wordpress.com/
http://carmenisabelgonzalez.wordpress.com/
http://kelihasablog.wordpress.com/
http://lovemen.org/
http://memyselfandela.wordpress.com/

There are so many more I would like to honor but for today this is the list many of the blogs I follow are award free zones so they are not named above, but they are in my thoughts as I make this list.
May love and light guide you through this life, give your heart rest and your soul peace.
Always
Benjamin