Warning: Serious Post
Yes. I know. I rarely do these. For some reason though, this post came to mind and wouldn't leave me alone until I had gotten it all down...
The Lemon Stand has quite a history. I originally started blogging way back in 2005. Due to emergency surgery and recovery, I deleted my blog back at the beginning of 2008 because I was not able to keep up with it and I knew I had a long road to tread. Last winter I decided to reinvent this blog because I still needed it and there were a lot of wonderful blogger friends who encouraged me to start again. What I had to say and how I said it was actually missed even a year and a half later by friends and family. It feels good to be back and to know I can give back to those people who have inspired me.
I had forgotten how having to think about what goes on every day and picking out the positive, happy, humorous or deeply serious events that occur within the realm of my life makes me focus on my blessings. Not just at home but in everything that touches my life. Believe me, this takes work. A lot of it. Gigantic mountains of it some days. You know. Like Himalayan big. Positive thinking is not a natural state for me.
I cringe when I look back at the idiot I was in my teens and twenties. I'm not very proud of that time in my life. I woke up one day and realized that I didn't want to be that person anymore. I think that being in my 40's and having the experience of hindsight has made me appreciate life more. To really take the time every once in a while to look around and take stock.
Today it seems like there is nothing but bad news out there. That makes it hard to look at each new challenge as an opportunity even though I know that it is. Everyone out there today has felt the impact of either losing their job or having a family or friend who has. Worse than that. There are families trying to hold it all together without a spouse or parent because they are in the military. Some of those family members come home a whole lot different then they left. Some don't make it home at all. It is very hard sometimes to keep in mind that there is always some one out there with more on their plate than you do. Sometimes it's hard to look around and appreciate what you have. Until it's gone. Sigh. There are some truly gargantuan lemons out there.
But back to my original thought. (Yeah. I know. I'm wandering, but all who wander are not lost.)
This blog has been my lemonade for a long time now. I definitely don't have the following I used to have but that's ok. People find me every day and share parts of their own lives. I have learned so much from them and I hope that there is a time when I can or have returned the favor.
I know I've said this before but nobody in life gets to where they are going without help and most people don't realize the impact they have on other people's lives. What seems to you a small, minor thing can be what someone else most needed at that time in their life. I just want to touch on a few of them that have written something that made me stop and change the way I looked at something.
I wish I had a "You've Made A Difference" Award I could give out (so that others could pass it on) but I am not that savvy with artistic graphics. Instead I will just say that if you ever need a pick me up, words of wisdom, food for thought or just a plain good laugh, go to any of their sites. They are good peeps and though I may not agree with everything they write, their posts are always worth reading. They are by no means all of those whom have touched my life in some way, just ones who have done so lately and I'd just like to take the time to say "Thank you."
ABW of Army Blogger Wife
AFW over at SpouseBuzz
Bou of Boudicca's Voice
Cristin of Life of a Redleg Wife
Eric of Straight White Guy
Just Another Snarky Navy Wife
LAW of Proud Liberal Army Wife
Leeann of Look! A Baby Wolf!
Meleah of Mama Mia, Mia Culpa
Mrs Who at House of Zathras
Roses of Ack! Thbbbt!
Sarah of Trying to Grok
VW Bug of One Happy Dog Speaks