Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blogs which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. Remember, if you have written or read a post recently which you would like me to share with readers, then please leave a comment below.
Each week, as I settle in to read your blogs and put together the round-up, I look for patterns and themes in the blogosphere. This week, Debbie’s latest post on burning bridges brought my own thoughts on when it is time to walk away back to mind. The theme is also echoed in Beth’s latest blog on The Support Group That Went Haywire. And similarly, Lois has shared her own thoughts on divisions and hierarchy within the cancer community, and finishes with the wonderful words ” no one can put me down if I won’t go down.”
One of the things that many bloggers find challenging is finding the time to keep a blog going when life/work takes over, and that is the situation Eileen finds herself in as she returns to work. Nevertheless, she promises us that she remains committed to her blog and her words on what blogging has meant to her really struck a chord with me.
I’ve so enjoyed not only the creative expression, but connecting with so many of you in your comments here and on many of your own blogs. When I first entered the blogosphere, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d get back so much more than I give, particularly in the connections I’ve made with others.
Another theme which is close to many of our hearts is that of loss. We have witnessed too much loss in our community – this week we lost another beautiful young woman with the passing of Lisa Lynch – and as our hearts grieve perhaps some of us might find comfort in these words shared by Carolyn Thomas:
..we could choose, for example, to look at our lives as a long meandering path. And on this path from time to time, others will join us and walk alongside. Some will share our path for only a short time – like temporary co-workers or neighbours who move away – while others – like spouses and longterm friends – may be on our path with us for years….And when the time is right – and only then – when we have learned everything we needed to learn from these people on our path, and when they have learned everything they needed to from us, they will leave our paths and move on….But in our Western cultures, we tend to rail against such departures. We may not want them to leave, we’re not ready for them to leave, we want them back on our paths beside us…Instead, my friend advised, we might want to try thanking them for sharing our path for exactly the correct amount of time, and for teaching us so much along the way.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere….
An insightful and thoughtful piece on filtering the information we receive both on and offline on Chris’s Cancer Community.
Keep updated on the adventures of the Delhi Dozen on A Fresh Chapter.
Nancy is tackling the confusion that still surrounds the issue of lymphedema.
Elaine is still haiku writing.
Kathi reveals her geeky side.
Finally, Renn has shared two timeless poems from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the words of which are a fitting end to this week
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
Until next week.
Yours with love