Monday, April 30, 2012

Zeal


Yipee!


I have been procrastinating on writing today’s post because, quite frankly, I’m a little sad to see this year’s A to Z Challenge come to an end.  Writing daily is great exercise if you want to improve your composition skills, and I highly recommend challenging yourself in this manner if you harbor any type of writing aspirations.  But, enough about that – I will write a wrap-up post the week of May 7, in which I will go into more detail and provide feedback regarding the pros and cons from my participation in this year’s Challenge.

The word I have chosen for my final day in the 2012 Challenge is “zeal” because, frankly, nothing would ever get done in our communities if there wasn’t someone enthusiastic leading the charge to raise awareness about the many different groups and organizations that work so hard to improve the world in which we live.  All of us have different causes that are important to us.  And sometimes, as our lives evolve and our interests change, our convictions also change.  What should always remain constant, though, is our desire and willingness to share our gifts and talents with our communities in an effort to do our part in ensuring quality of life for all.  With that said, I hope all of you will continue to work toward making a difference in your own communities by sharing your strengths and wisdom with those around you.  I will continue to highlight various individuals and organizations that are doing great things in my own community in an effort to inspire and inform others about what can be done to keep life beautiful and enjoyable for all.  And I shall explore these things with great zeal!

One last thing before I close this post out.  Amy Stevens is a fellow blogger here in Joplin.  Strangely enough, I have not met Amy in person yet, even though she is neighbors with several of my friends.  A mutual blogger friend, ReneeJacobson (who I wrote that guest post for last week) “introduced” us.  Amy writes a wonderful blog, “Life From theTrenches” and last summer she wrote very eloquently about the tornado that hit Joplin and how it affected us all.  All during the month of May, Amy will feature guest posts about different ways people have found hope in times of despair.  She is still accepting submissions, and would like these posts to offer a celebration of the strength and power of the human spirit.  I am considering submitting a story about a time in my life when I had lost all hope, only to find it again through patience and perseverance.  Won’t you consider sharing your story also?  Simply contact Amy at lifefromthetrenches@gmail.com.  I know she’d love to hear from you.  Oh, and don’t worry, I plan on having coffee with her real soon – how funny we should meet in cyberspace yet live less than five miles away from each other!

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on making it to the end of the Challenge. It is quite a feat.

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    1. Thank you so much! Strangely enough, I never stressed about it, I enjoyed having a daily goal so much!

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  2. Great "Z" post. I'm so glad you met Amy through the blogosphere. Enjoy your "real life" meeting with her. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! Good job!

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    1. Thank you so much Sherry! I'm sure we will have a lovely time! (I probably ought to contact her and set that up now....)

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  3. I have more Zeal now that I managed to finish the challenge.

    ScribblesFromJenn
    Congratulations on finishing the A to Z challenge!

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    1. LOL, Jenn! So true!! Congrats to you, also!

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  4. It really is such a small world! Thanks for your nice comments...I am now following back :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! Seriously, good stuff over there at your place!!

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  5. Excellent Z word. I need to remember to have more zeal. Congrats on finishing the A-Z challenge. It was my first year and awesome!

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! This was my first year to participate, as well, and I have to admit I really enjoyed myself. My hope is that we will all continue with our writing with great zeal even beyond the Challenge!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Hi Dawn .. Zeal - we really need to channel our zeal and our zest for life - I'm so pleased that Joplin is benefiting from helpers .. Joplin really has had a tough time ..

    With thoughts - Hilary

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    1. Hilary, it has been a tough year and we still have a long way to go, but the spirit of the community has been amazing. I am proud to live here. Thank you so much for your kind words. :-)

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  7. Zeal. What a meaningful message here. May we all step forward and contribute our gifts.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tina! Yes, the world will only benefit from the many talents we all possess!

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  8. Great last post for the challenge. I love the goal of your blog. It is so positive. I wrote about zappos.com and the "movement" Delivering Happiness. Have you heard of this? It is definitely one of those rare but wonderful POSITIVE companies doing business with compassion, caring and fun! Congratulations of finishing the challenge!

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    1. Thank you so much, Pam! I have not heard of Zappos and their Delivering Happiness program. I will have to check it out - thanks for sharing it with me!

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