A Quote From A Reader!

A Quote About Abstract Clarity!

B.W. Ginsburg

There’s nothing better than receiving random compliments about your written work when you’re a writer! Just last week, I received this lovely compliment from a friend on Instagram about my new short story collection, Abstract Clarity:

“I was going to read it in the car on our weekend trip but there was just too much stuff going on in the car so last night after I got everything done and the house was quiet I started reading your book! I was so tired but I kept saying to myself “just one more page – just one more page” and as I was reading I got a little scared…I mean because I was being sucked into the story! (It was a good thing) So – tonight I’m going to continue reading after the house is quiet! Thanks for such a great read! You are a talented writer” – new_writer_on_the_block

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Being Around Great People, Compliments, and Good Days!

There’s definitely something to be said about being around people who respect, understand, and care for you. There are so many people in this world that just being around them, brightens your day. These people are amazing and they should be reminded as such. Not only are they there for you, but they make you feel good about yourself. They leave you feeling strong and extra-confident.

Yesterday I got my hair cut by an amazing woman. She’s smart, funny, and kind. She understands what I go through and she makes an effort to make me feel good about myself and really listen to what I have to say. I love having people like this in my life. Though there are some people that will never be able to understand what we go through and who have trouble showing respect, there are others who will go out of their way to make the world a better, kinder place. I am very happy to say that I have people like this in my life.

We should all aspire to be individuals who care for others. We should all offer sincere compliments, a listening ear, and a shoulder to cry on if needed. We should all strive to make someone’s day a little better and you know what? We all have the ability to be that kind of person!

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A Special Message

So yesterday I was watching One Tree Hill. In one of the episodes a girl read some mean comments about her on the internet. In the show (and in real life actually), she played a girl who was just starting to enter the world of being a singer. While she was telling her friends about the mean comments, one of the characters said the following:

“It’s the easiest thing to tear down somebody’s work. The hard part is actually creating it. It’s criticism vs. creation.”

This made me think of something. There are so many people in the world that use the internet as a soap box for cruelty. Instead of taking the time to be kind, they are cruel. Instead of just keeping their mean comments to themselves, they feel the need to force them on others.

However, I have found that through blogging, there are so many of you out there that are kind. Instead of cruelty, you spread kindness. Even if you don’t agree with someone, you aren’t mean. For the most part, you share your opinions in a nice matter.

Now, I realize it isn’t always this way. There are tons of people who comment rude things on each others’ blogs and tons of individuals that in general, find things about others and their writing to pick apart. I find this horrible and quite frankly, pointless. What’s the point of tearing someone down? What’s the point in spreading your hatred? It’s one thing to have an opinion, it’s another to be cruel and hurt someone’s feelings.

I wanted to write this post as mainly a thank you. I want to thank all of you who go out of your way to be kind to me and others. So many of you inspire your readers in ways that you might not even realize. Not only do you inspire others with your posts, but also with your kind, thoughtful, and honest comments.

Please don’t ever doubt how much your kindness means to others. While we shouldn’t always depend on others to be happy, it certainly makes life better when we hear nice words about ourselves and what makes us most happy. So please, continue to spread kindness and please don’t ever doubt that your kind words make a difference!

 

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Spreading Kindness

So while this post isn’t exactly about anxiety, it is about spreading kindness. In my opinion (and I’m sure in many of yours), spreading kindness is extremely important. First of all, when we spread kindness, we remind people of just how amazing they are and without even realizing it, we can brighten up their day. Also, while we shouldn’t be kind for solely this reason alone, when we ourselves spread kindness, it makes us feel good to know that we’ve had a positive impact on someone else.

Ever since I started this blog, so many of you have touched me with your kindness. I’ve mentioned this several times, but I didn’t expect to connect with so many of you on here let alone have so much kindness and support sent my way! It means so much to me that you guys have told me that my writing has helped you or that you think I’m talented in some way or another.

Just this morning I received three amazing compliments and throughout my entire time blogging so far, I’ve gotten so many others. I want you guys to know just how much I appreciate your words of kindness and your support.

Please continue to spread kindness to everyone you meet. While some people may not always seem to appreciate our efforts, we still need to continue to make the effort. Just this morning I read a post by Heidi from Learns and Laughs about how the little things in life can be so important and valuable, like someone opening a door for someone and being genuinely kind. Also, as I mentioned yesterday, Sandy from Sandycademy is continuing her project, Grains of Sand which is all about posting the small things in life that have a positive impact on our lives.

All of you who have shared your wisdom and kindness have had an impact on my life! I can’t thank you enough for reading, commenting on, “liking”, and following my blog. Thanks and have a great day!

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Connection

I know a lot of people say this, and I don’t mean to sound like a cliche, but I really didn’t think I would connect with others that much when I started this blog. I guessed that others struggled with similar issues, but I never thought I would get so many followers or even as many readers as I have. Also, I never thought I would make as many friends on here. I’m happy to say that I was wrong.

I have met a lot of people through this blog that without it, I would never have met. Sure, I haven’t met any in person, but just through talking to you guys, I have come to realize that I am not alone in my struggles and that there are so many of you out there willing to offer support and kindness (see previous post).

Connection is so important. Being able to open up to someone and hear that you are helping them is a wonderful gift. Every time one of you tells me that I have helped you in some way, it makes me feel good. So many of you have helped me and it makes me glad that I can return the favor.

For anyone new to blogging, I want you to know how wonderful it is. However, I do suggest you be careful, because like with anything, you never really know who you’re talking to. I don’t say this to scare you, I say this because I care. I just want to make sure that in addition to saying how glad I am that I started blogging, that you also know that being safe should be your top priority.

I want to thank everyone for not only being kind and offering support, but also for the times when you tell me that I’ve helped you. It really does mean a lot to me to know that I’m doing good and that my writing is providing you some sort of solace. We all have to learn to believe in ourselves without others complimenting us, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t give each other compliments when they are deserved.

Making connections with others is important and so is supporting others through times that are both good and bad. Please know that if you are kind and supportive, that I greatly appreciate it!

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You ARE Making A Difference!

While, as I’ve mentioned before, we cannot depend on others to make us feel good about ourselves, compliments and positive comments are helpful. I have recently come to the realization that I really can help a lot of people through my writing. I want to take some time to tell all of you who share your experiences with others about your struggles and successes, how much you are doing for others! By sharing your experiences and by commenting positively, “liking”, following, and reading others’ blogs and websites, you are making a difference! I cannot tell you how many blogs and websites I have gone on that really help me feel better about my anxiety; help me to realize that I am not alone. I don’t want any of you to sell yourself short. If you are kind and understanding and share your stories with others in order to help them, you are doing something wonderful! Also, by connecting with others and showing them that you appreciate what they have written, you help them feel good about themselves! Helping others feel positive is a great thing to do!

You do make a difference. Any time you write a positive and helpful post, you’re helping someone out there feel a little less alone in their struggles. Any time you comment on a post in a positive way, you’re helping the writer of the post feel appreciated and motivated to continue to write. We don’t always have to do huge favors for one another to be helpful and to make a positive impact. I’d like to again thank everyone who reads, “likes”, comments, or follows my blog. You have made me feel wonderful! Thank you for your support! I hope I have been able to help you as much as you have helped me!

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The Quotable Blogger Award!

Through blogging, I have seen so many blogs that are extremely well written. Not only do the bloggers write well grammatically, but they also have important things to say. Before I started blogging, I didn’t really understand what was so great about it. However, I’ve come to realize that some bloggers, the ones that are the best, know how to write blogs that are interesting, important, and intelligently written.

There are a lot of blogs that mean a lot to me, but there are a few in particular that have really helped me realize that I am not alone in my struggles. For those blogs, I have decided to create my own blogging award. I invite you to nominate bloggers that you think deserve this award. This award is for bloggers and blogs that are well written and have helped us realize that we are not alone in our struggles:

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Here are the rules for the givers of the reward:

1.) Tell the person why you think their blog deserves “The Quotable Blogger Award”.

2.) Let the person know that you’ve nominated them.

3.) Place the image of the award on your blog.

Here are the rules for the receivers of the award:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you.

2.) Nominate whoever you feel deserves the award.

3.) Link back to the person who nominated you.

Here are the people I nominate:

1.) Mary (marysaverageadventures.wordpress.com). Mary, your blog has helped me realize that I’m not alone in my struggles with anxiety. You have been so kind to me and your blog has shown your effort to overcome your fears. Thank you for sharing your experiences! You have so many important things to say!

2.) Pippa (theothersideofp.wordpress.com). Thank you, Pippa, for all the great quotes you post and showing me that I am not alone. You have a way of being able to find the perfect quotes to inspire me as well as help me realize that so many others struggle with what I for many years, thought I was alone in dealing with.

3.) Elle (thepersistentplatypus.wordpress.com). Elle, you’ve shown that it is possible to get through our anxiety. You’ve also listed ways to do this.

4.) italianhurricane.wordpress.com. I’m sorry if I missed your name on your blog. You write so wonderfully and you always have something important to say! Your blog is so professional and I love how you have so many different topics to choose from!

5.) Izzy (anxiousizzy.wordpress.com). Izzy, you write so well and share your experiences with anxiety. Thank you for allowing others to share your struggles and success.

6.) Jennifer (www.youngandtwenty.com). There are so many times when you have wonderful things to say. Your blog is a great source of inspiration and motivation. Thank you!

7.) Sarah (mssarahashley.wordpress.com). I’m guessing your name is Sarah (sorry if I got that wrong!). You have so many important things to say and you posted my favorite quote, “I am stronger than this challenge. And this challenge is making me even stronger”.

8.) Becky (soundhippy.wordpress.com). Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with anxiety with all your readers. You have helped me know that I am not alone!

**There are so many blogs that I enjoy reading. Thank you to everyone who has ever posted a positive comment, “liked” my posts, or followed my blog. Thank you, also, to those who have shared your experiences with anxiety and other issues with others. What you have to say is important.

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