Blessed Are My Blog Buddies
This week's Write A Letter Wednesday assignment is to write a letter to an individual or group of people who have played an important role in your life, or someone you miss. Here's my letter...
Dearest Blog Buddies,
To call you buddies or friends doesn't do justice to the depth of my feelings for you, for in truth you have been more family to me than the family I was born into. During what proved to be the very darkest and most difficult years of my life, you were there for me, listening to my anger and my anguish, soothing my fears, guiding me toward the light, encouraging me on, and giving me a place where I felt safe to share all the turmoil I was experiencing. I know beyond a doubt that had it not been for the caring and camaraderie our little group of blog buddies shared, for the laughter and the tears, for the gentle words, and sometimes the harsh ones I needed to hear, I would not have survived that time, and I would not be here now.
I think about how I often came home on Friday after work and didn't speak to another living soul until I returned to work on Monday morning. At those loneliest of times, all I had to do was climb into the comfort of my favorite chair at the computer desk, sign into my blog, and instantly connect with people from around the country and even across the waters, that I knew cared about me and understood what I was going thru. Anyone who says blog friends aren't "real friends" hasn't had the experience that I have. My blog family knows far more about who I was and who I am than anyone in "real life", with the exception now of my new and much beloved husband.
I believe that God sends people into our lives for a reason. Those we encounter are not by accident or mere coincidence. As surely as I live and breathe, God sent each of you to me as angels to help me mend my own broken wings and learn to fly again. My blog back then was called "Picking Up Pieces", remember? And indeed that's just what you helped me do... sort thru the broken pieces of my life, discarding what was no longer right, and helping me to rebuild myself into something strong and able to love again, and ready to be loved. Your gifts of endless patience, encouragement, laughter, and even shared commiseration, were the vitamins that fed my soul!
We have all changed a lot in just a few years, in ways most of us never dreamed of. For some of us life has gotten so much better, for others it has been a hard road with many challenges yet ahead. The bonds of love and friendship we built back then remain with us now, and keep us ever mindful that there are always those to whom we are important, who can see our inner beauty even when we can't see it ourselves, and who will stand by us and encourage us, and hold our hands when we are afraid.
I just wanted to take this moment to say thank you once again, although the words can never be enough. You saved my life... and I will always hold you in my heart! And to those of that small circle who no longer blog with us, but I know linger still and hopefully sometimes lurk, I say, come back to us now and then... leave a comment or a post, or even just a word or two to let us know how you are doing. We love you and we care, we will always care! Blessed are my blog buddies, they truly are my angels!
Josie Two Shoes
Note: Why don't you stop by Write A Letter Wednesday sometime this week and leave a link to a letter of your own! There's some great letters by other bloggers linked up there too!