In my opinion, there are no truly altruistic actions. People blog primarily for the warm fuzzies it brings to our psyche. There are those who say technology is encouraging narcissism.
Still, if along my narcissistic journey I can bring some good to others along the way — well then — why shouldn’t I?
I woke up this morning having been given my first award by a fellow blogger who has, herself, touched me with her writing. Come November nominated me for my post Loving Your Inner Child, published September 3rd, 2012. The award for which I was nominated was the Compassionate Communicator. I am flattered, touched by the fact that she found meaning in my post. I am honored that she thought of me after having received the nomination herself. My narcissism is renewed!
I started this project (blogging) as a way to release my thoughts and see if they alight anywhere in particular. These are a few stipulations I laid down for myself:
- I will treat my potential readers, and those they may know, with respect.
- I will speak respectfully of myself, my life, and those in it.
- I will come up with a tag-line that directs me in my writing.
- I will write with honesty, being as true to my own voice as I am able.
If respect is something that is needed for compassion, and I believe it is, then I accept this award with the spirit in which it is offered.
The Compassionate Communicator Award
This award can be given, by any blogger who has received it, to any blogger they feel has benefitted them.
Passing it Forward . . .
The fellow narcissists I have chosen to recognize are for very different reasons. Their particular posts touched me, though it was a monumental task to choose just one from each blog.
I would like to nominate the post Crap . . . eggs it is by Grapes, Gripes and Gratitude. She uses humor and honesty to convey the love she carries for her children, their father, and herself. I wish I had known her writings back when I was a mother of young children. She would have reminded me that under the Super-Mom uniform is a real human being who needs nurturing and an occasional glass of wine.
There is someone at work who has become very special to me. She brings treats to work. ‘Nuff said? Not quite. She is a loving daughter of her mother who is suffering the onslaught of Alzheimer’s Disease. They are the two most lucky people in the world to have each other. I nominate Mary of Just want to ride for her post Mom and Daughter — Difference?
Lastly, there is a new blog I have started to follow, One Thousand Single Days. I was mesmerized by the post Qualification: Pain. She writes of compassion born of experience. The quote she includes from a szisophrhenic patient illustrates the pain of the people she is compelled to help, ‘Even if I tell you my name I will die.‘
1. That in awarding it to a blogger you simply link it to one of their blog posts which you feel has personally benefited you in some way.
2. You give a brief explanation of why you feel it benefited you
3. On accepting the award you link back to and thank the person who awarded it to you.