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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

five year journey




joy
love
poetry
illness
humor
healing
wonder
patience
kindness
gratitude
blessings
creativity
spirituality
awareness
acceptance
compassion
brokenness
connection
wholeness
holiness
honesty
courage
beauty
stories
light
faith
awe
this five-year journey has nourished a flame
invited intimacy encouraged exploration
 an engagement of witnessing
 the pure mystery
 of embodied
being.






heart felt connections
are the fuel that rule the world
every kind word heard

or felt through action
has the potential to light
forgotten darkness


When I started this blog five years ago I had no way to know the adventure that was about to begin, the illnesses and grieving my family would endure, the healing and growth that would be born from the suffering, the friends I’d meet along the way, the encouragement that would be offered, the abundance of kindness that would flow through people from one hundred fifty four different nations around the world, nourishing and fueling a spark that would become a flame of courage in the telling of our story, my story. I’m a quiet, contemplative, it is typically only in small groups that I feel comfortable and have the confidence to ask questions and speak from my heart-mind freely. Yet as of the moment I uploaded this post, this blog has been visited 153,682 times.  So much for keeping thoughts to myself!

Thank you all for your support and compassion through the years!


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84 comments:

  1. ...and thank you for sharing your journey, your wisdom and your love through your blog!

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  2. Wow, Laura! Five years!! And I've been privileged to have found your blog some four years ago. You have been a constant inspiration to me!! Much love! Silke

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  3. ~a gift to us that you started such journey...may you continue to write and share your beauty...much love light and blessings~

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  4. congratulations on your milestone Laura
    your space here is always welcoming, inspiring and nurturing

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  5. You are an inspiration to us all, Laura - a shining example of what Being Human can be when one transcends difficulty with grace and courage. You show us how!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your journey with the world - blogs are a labor of love, may you continue to inspire us all for many more posts.

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  7. amen on lighting the darkness....and what a journey as well through your words...wow on 5 years too...just came from one celebrating 10 years...glad to share your road with you a bit...smiles

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  8. I like your list of words and enjoy sharing your journey here.

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  9. Congrats Laura.. This is a real beautiful piece ..

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  10. Fabulous. These shape-poems are harder to write than they look. Beyond that, your message is an inspiring one. Gratefully,

    Diane

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  11. Thank you for your sensitive and creative posts.

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  12. And thank you, Laura, for your inspiring posts! Happy fifth blogiversary!
    Peace,
    Muff

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  13. walking along side of you, for the last few years, has given me wisdom for my journey. thank you, for the company.

    i remember in part, a quote..."we are all on our way home."

    ((hugs)) and love dearest.

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  14. walking along side of you, for the last few years, has given me wisdom for my journey. thank you, for the company.

    i remember in part, a quote..."we are all on our way home."

    ((hugs)) and love dearest.

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  15. Congrats on 5 years! It's amazing where God will lead, even to a different country, like me!

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  16. Happy five years and many many more!

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  17. Wow, congratulations of such a fruitful journey... may it continue long.

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  18. I love your message and your photos, I realized it is so similar to what I am trying so hard to do but you do it effortlessly...so far away from me but yet so close.

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  19. Congratulations on your five years! And thank you so much for spreading peace and beauty and sharing it all with us.

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  20. Nice pictures you show. Wish you a good weekend :) Hanne Bente

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  21. So much to celebrate--happy 5th, Laura! It was a very happy moment in blogland when finding your place here. You inspire so much, and for that we are grateful. I, too, have found blogging a profound experience, and one where friendships have bloomed, healing took place and my creative wings took deeper flight. I'm so glad to share this with you. Thank you for being here. :o) ((LOVE & HUGS))

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  22. Happy 5th. Isn't it amazing, the people we meet along our journey. Blessings, Debbie

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  23. Beautiful photos. Congratulations to five year in blogland, keep up the good work!

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  24. Ja visst är det en härlig värld denna sybervärld.Man får och ger en massa glädje omtanke och uppmuntran. Jag har ju inte varit med så långe på din resa men jag önskar dig lycka till i fortsättningen och hoppas att allt ska vara bra för dig.
    Ha nu en fin torsdag
    Kram Meta

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  25. Congratulations for maintaining your blog for five years, Laura. You are a sane voice in a crazy world.

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  26. Why keeping your thoughts to yourself.
    Through sharing joy becomes more joyfull
    and grieves smaller.
    Have a nice day.
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2013/02/21/kald-himmel/

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  27. no wonder I was drawn here, you have scars yet shine through as a beacon for others!

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  28. Thank you Laura for sharing so much of yourself in your wise words and your beautiful pictures. I'm so glad to have found your blog.

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  29. Thank you for sharing your journey and spirituality with us :)

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  30. Dear Laura, thank you for sharing your journey and wisdom - and beautiful pics!

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  31. I think you have at least 153,682 thanks from those lucky enough to have visited your blog ... those who have shared your journey and benefited from your thoughtfulness.

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  32. My dear Laura--what a privilege it is to know you. ((hugs)) You are one of the unexpected friendships which have bloomed through blogging for me. Thank you for sharing your lovely life and beautiful thoughts with us. You are a blessing.

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  33. Love those heart shapes, and with the beautiful powder in the background! So happy to see the landscape!

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  34. A beautiful and inspiring post as always, Laura! Thank you for sharing! Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

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  35. thank you for sharing yourself. i send prayers and love to you. hugs, suki

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  36. Divine and lovely photos, of the hearts is very tender.

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  37. Happy blogversary and happy to be part of this blog. ^_^

    Kim,USA

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  38. Wow, congrat on your 5 year anniversary. Thank you for sharing, I enjoy my visits here and reading your poetry. You have a lovely blog and post, Laura!.

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  39. Gratulerer med 5 års blogging !
    Nydelege bilder og god historie.

    God helg !
    Anne-Mari

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  40. Thanks for visiting my blog, love your photos - beautiful, have a great day.

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  41. Beautiful shots, thanks for visiting my blog, have a great day.

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  42. Laura, thank you for your shining light. Congrats on five years! xoxo

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  43. Laura, Thank you for your shining light. Congrats on five years. xoxo

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  44. Five years is an accomplishment and I can see why you have so many visitors and followers..what you say resonates with people.. like me.. Keep going.. it is important... hugs..Michelle

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  45. Congratulations on five years, Laura. The internet is a better place for having people like you here.

    Isn't it incredible when we take the time to review the past...so much has happened in five years...and I'm still grieving for the losses and yet, in the process, celebrating all that I have here and now.

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  46. Happy Anniversary, Dear One.
    Does it really surprise you that you have so many visitors?
    EVERYONE is drawn to light, your light.

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  47. very touching...in each of the words so much emotions embedded...feeling the thankfulness as well.. glad to share a bit of this journey with you and congrats on five years of blogging as well...

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  48. I really enjoy your lovely photography Laura. Congrats!!

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  49. your words are primarily very positive responses to challenges. it seems like you're travelling well in difficult times

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  50. Thank YOU for always being such a positive voice. Your beautiful spirit and wonderful photography always inspire. Congratulations on your five year anniversary, dear Laura. May you have many, MANY more.

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  51. one hundred fifty four different nations around the world ..... that is mind boggling.... and inspiring. I'm so glad you decided to share your journey, Laura. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging!

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  52. Congratulations on your 5 years! And thanks for spreading lovely words and captures with us!

    Irene

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  53. lovely photo, especially the hearts and snow. your leaf header photo is exquisite.

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  54. Hi Laura, oh yes - blogging is a special journey. Excuse me with my bad English. Your second photo is my favourite. Beautiful sunshine and the caducity in nature. I wsh you a wonderful and sunny weekend. Best regards, Synnöve

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  55. congratulations on the special anniversary, we all enjoy visiting your blog, the finds you share, the heart shaped discoveries and more,

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  56. Congratulations,thanks for sharing with us.

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  57. Amen to lighting darkness and embodied being. And congratulations on 5 years blogging in one place - that's quite an achievement! I'm onto my third blog already, but I think ths one's a keeper.

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  58. Congratulations, Laura. I hope you keep publishing this kind of wonderful shots.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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  59. Your haiku echoes my sentiments of friendship found on the net perfectly!

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  60. Congrats and lovely words. Enjoyed them.

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  61. My best wishes and I hope to visit your blog for many years to come.
    - Cheers Gisela.

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  62. Lovely poem and haiku. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary. Keep sharing!

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  63. The heart connections that blogging have brought to me have saved me in so many ways, and enriched my life immeasurably. I know of the light and love you speak !
    Congratulations of this documentation of a dear part of your heart's journey !

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  64. Congratulations on your 5 year blogging journey.

    I, too, am most comfortable in a small group of people. The blogging community is like no other I have experienced. It is amazing the support and encouragement that can come from people we have not met. People who inspire us and make us smile with their comments.

    I hope you continue to enjoy the blog friends you have and the creativity you share.

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  65. Your thoughts, like all beautiful things, are meant to be shared. I know that I appreciate your words Laura ♥♥

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  66. Kindness felt through actions sounds to me like the 'best kind.' I see beautiful thoughts in your blog.

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  67. Wonderful pics. Congratulations too.

    Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

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  68. Wonderful post! It has left me speechless! Cathy

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  69. dear laura,
    it is a shared golden thread, this opening and receiving. this willingness to share ones story, to be seen and to see, to comfort and be comforted. you have a way of expressing even the greatest challenges with tenderness and insight. always encouraging the greatest growth and deeper meaning. visiting your blog is like coming home to soul. thank you for five years of truth and beauty.

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  70. A bit late, but congrats on the anniversary. You have a beautiful blog.

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  71. That first shot is lovely! It really speaks to me in its simplicity.
    Your words are always beautiful and uplifting - thanks and congrats on five years.

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  72. happy 5th! it's my first time here. the first photo is awesome. happy skywatching!

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  73. I quite like the progression, the process, you share in those three, brief stanzas. Growth. Evolution. Acceptance.

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  74. Beautiful pictures!! :)
    Thank you for visiting my blog!! :)
    Have a nice day, hugs from Linda! :)

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  75. Congratulations Laura!
    I wish you and your blog the longest and happiest journey as can be!
    Thanks again for sharing all the beauties!

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