Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Counting Blessings

Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group

With the advent of Sandy and the terrible aftermath, any worries about rejections, missed NaNo goals, and other writerly insecurities pale in comparison.  I count my blessings.  I used to live in NYC, but moved to Egypt before 9/11 and Sandy. I feel lucky I did.

My heartfelt sympathies to the victims, those still struggling without power or water, and those whose homes were lost. May this be the last time NYC (and the East coast) face such challenges.  May each day be brighter than the last.  May you gain more in the future than you have lost.
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43 comments:

L.G. Keltner said...

This is an appropriate post after all that's happened. Thanks for your heartfelt words.

Cherie Reich said...

Writing insecurities definitely pale in comparison to recent events.

Ayden said...

Our insecurities really do pale in comparison. Thanks for such a timely reminder of the importance of perspective.

L.G.Smith said...

Yeah, sort of puts things in perspective, doesn't it? I feel for those people right now who are without housing in the aftermath of Sandy. Big storm is moving in, making things even more miserable.

Morgan said...

Soooo true. Though I also think it's important to strive and keep perspective especially when things are good... Great post ;-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It does put it all in perspective...

Stephen Hayes said...

Thanks for your heartfelt and well written words.

Medeia Sharif said...

I also count my blessings, as well as feel for those who were in the path of last week's devastation.

M.L. Swift said...

Nice reminder of things that are important.

mshatch said...

I feel fortunate Maine got next to nothing. Nice post.

kimlajevardi.com said...

A wonderful way of honoring all of those effected by Hurricane Sandy.

Kate Larkindale said...

Yep. Nothing like widespread devastation to make a few rejection letters feel trivial and unimportant.

Sher A. Hart said...

What an eye opener for those who haven't experienced a hurricane before. To me, they're a part of life. I'm prepared. But we've never had one in cold weather. You know, the elections put things in perspective too.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Very true. My thoughts are also with everyone who is suffering at the moment.

Zara said...

I couldn't agree more. The victims of sandy are in my prayers...

Dianne K. Salerni said...

This is so true. And now they've been hit with snow, on top of everything else. My region escaped both the hurricane and the nor'easter. Don't know how, but we got lucky twice. (And thanks for adding my book to the sidebar!)

Elise Fallson said...

A great post to put tings into perspective. My father lives on the NC coast but luckily his area didn't suffer from Sandy.

Heather Murphy said...

A beautiful way of putting this in perspective

Candilynn Fite said...

What a lovely message for your IWSG post, Lexa. :))

Patsy said...

You're right - it does put my problems into perspective.

nutschell said...

lovely post. It does make us grateful for what we have!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Camille Picott said...

Lexa, thanks for writing this. You are so right. What are a few writing insecurities compared to the current tragedies being faced by those in the path of Hurricane Sandy?

Cathy Keaton said...

I'm trying to keep my own insecurities in check because they can't compare with the kind of devastation that hurricane caused so many people in the U.S.

Jimmy Fungus said...

Those are some very nice sentiments. I often wondered how I ended up living in the midwest with all the cold weather... But then I am glad someone in my family had the wisdom to pick a place to settle down where the weather is so predictable. They have had so much to deal with in New York over recent years. We should all keep them in our prayers.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Thank you. Amen to that.

xoRobyn

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Lovely sentiments, Lexa. So true.

Gina said...

It's sad how we need these little ear pullings from mother nature to remind us all how fragile life, and civilization, really is. We should count our blessings all the time and know that there are always bigger problems out there than ours. Great sentiment, Lexa!

Kelly Hashway said...

My sister just got her power back on, went food shopping to replace the food she lost, and came home to find the power off again. I feel so bad for her.

DMS said...

What a beautiful post! Seeing what people are going through really puts things in perspective. My heart goes out to everyone going through a tough time right now.
~Jess

michelle said...

A timely IWSG post...
Major devastation on this scale does tend to put everything into perspective...

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

When events happen that we have no control over, they certainly put life in perspective. They make me realize how blessed I am and how petty my complaints are. Wishing the very best for those suffering through this tragedy and now trying to rebuild their lives.

Nice post, Lexa.

Jess said...

I don't have any family/friends in NYC, but the affected area is huge~ all of those people are definitely in my thoughts, and it does put things in perspective.

tfwalsh said...

That is so true... sometimes we get caught up with the smallest things, and it's good to get a reality check every now and then.

Cecilia Robert said...

A great post, Lexa. I too, count my blessings, and pray for fast recovery those affected.

Ravena Guron said...

Indeed. We're all very lucky. It's what my mum always says... "don't get caught up in the little things."

Lynda R Young said...

Yep, it's good to see things in perspective. It's a shame it takes something like Sandy to do that though.

Emily R. King said...

I definitely feel blessed. Life is good!

Great post, Lexa.

Pk Hrezo said...

Makes our writerly struggles seem so insignificant, doesn't it?? Always good to take a step back and appreciate our blessings. We truly are blessed.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Lovely and considerate post, Lexa:)

cleemckenzie said...

I've been thinking about you. So glad you stopped in at my blog to comment. Now I know you're ok.

Christine Rains said...

Lovely post!

Jocelyn Rish said...

I've lived in SC most of my life and was here when Hurricane Hugo blew through more than 20 years ago - terrifying! My heart goes out to all those who are dealing with Sandy. They will rebuild and be stronger for it.

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