Gift Exchange of Words and Wisdom

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I’ve been converted from magazine flipper to blog devotee.

Why the switch? I love the interaction and exchange of ideas that comes with blogs. And, I enjoy getting to know the author behind the words on the screen.

The sharing of ideas through blogs, links, and tweets is more than words. It’s a network of connections made and inspiration shared.

While the web can distract and derail us, we can find inspiration in other’s stories and words. Have you ever read anything in a blog that inspired you to try something new?

When I started blogging in the fall of 2010, I didn’t expect to meet people from all over the world. I was merely hoping to turn my newsletter writing into an opportunity to interact with my readers.

Starting a blog wasn’t supposed to be a life-affirming and changing activity. And, I certainly didn’t expect to be inspired by sharing my ideas and stories.

12 Gifts of Words & Wisdom:

As my curiosity peaked about how other bloggers work, create, and live, I started receiving unexpected gifts of words and wisdom from the blogs I read.

I’ve enjoyed reading and collecting articles throughout the year that inspire me in life and work. And, now I’d like to share these gifts of words with you.

Here are my favorite blog posts written by bloggers in 2011:

Your stories inspire me. Some of you have brought tears to my eyes. And, most of you have reassured me that we are all human, on a journey, where we fall and strive to get back up.

From Inspiration Received to Growth Sprouted:

For me, it’s not enough to read something inspiring. I have to do something with it. I may let it percolate or get stored in my brain for future use. Or, I may begin to change something about how I move through my day and my life.

What have you changed after reading something that inspires you? Here are a few ways that my thinking or actions have changed after receiving these gifts of inspiration:

  • Dreams come true in spite of your fears
  • Don’t wait for contentment to find you, enjoy the moment
  • Savor life through your senses and experiences
  • Surf the web with balance and purpose
  • Nurture and romance your creative side
  • Live life first, write second
  • Less can be more fulfilling than having more
  • Giving isn’t only for holidays

Each gift of wisdom I receive is like a seed. I can plant the seedling or throw it out. I can cultivate the gifts and till the soil, until they sprout their own growth in me. I hope you enjoy my gift exchange, and find some seeds worth planting in your own soil!

Gift Exchange: Please share one of your favorite blog posts/articles of 2011.

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Photo Credit: “Gifts” by Kasia

A Special Thank You To My Readers: Your interest and engagement with my blog is much appreciated. I wish you a blessed holiday season!

11 responses to “Gift Exchange of Words and Wisdom

  1. Hi Marcy,
    Thank you for linking to my poem. When I’m inspired by certain posts I print them out and put them in my journal. I used to scan many blogs and not fully take in what I read.Now I savor, enjoy, and appreciate the words that touch my soul.
    I wish you a prosperous and happy New Year. Let me know if I can help you in any way in the future. xo

    • Thank you Tess for being a familiar face to me in this blog-world. I agree that the words that speak to us are to be savored. There is so much information out there, that’s it okay to be choosy. We know what we like, relate to, or find useful.

      And, a blessed New Year to you too!

  2. Thanks for including my post, Marci. I wish I’d kept the posts that have inspired me, I shall start a special file right now. I like Tess’s idea of printing them out, perhaps I’ll try that as well.
    So much wisdom, reassurance and blog guidance has come my way this year which I never expected when I started blogging. A whole new world of ‘friends’, allies and fellow writers has emerged out of nowhere!
    I wish you a restful time at Christmas and look forward to more words of wisdom in 2012. x

    • Linda, I too have been surprised by what I received when I was focused on giving. I keep a bookmark folder throughout the year of my favorite posts of (year). I think Mary from WTD shared this idea…

  3. Hi Marci,
    Thank you so much for including my post in your lovely article — with so many other beautiful writers! Wishing you a wonderful holiday filled with joy and peace.

  4. Yeah blogging is a collecting information as well as sharing, experiences in life and also by doing this you’re building relationship to your readers to all kinds of people just i’m doing it.

  5. I want to add: “Accepting (and Embracing) Our Humanness by Jodi Chapman of Soul Speak (http://www.jodichapman.com/2011/12/23/accepting-and-embracing-our-humanness/)

    Enjoy!

  6. Thank you so much, Marci, for including my blog! I’m so grateful to have connected with you! :)