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With the changes in technology, I too have learned how to send a text, check my email on the phone, take pictures and post on social networks, but I have realized my expectations lack anticipation. I have lost that romantic era of letter writing and the connection with my feelings, hopes, and dreams as I long for a response. Those days when I would record in a journal how my heart longs, the days seem endless, and my observations of my surroundings.

There was a time when I was told “Patience is a Virtue,” that it had meaning. I was encouraged to learn to be patient, to maintain steady perseverance, a quality to suppress restlessness without complaint. It would become goodness, an admirable quality that would enhance my life and character.

Excuses I would like to list, blame I can place on broad, general categories, but the truth of the matter, I have to take responsibility with change, to accept new things that can benefit and hold onto the building stepping-stones of the process that got me this far.

My grandson turned 10 years old this month, and I have enjoyed sharing with him each year we celebrate. This year he expressed that he was growing up and felt he had out-grown a few things. There are things we out grow, but virtues, morals, and patience should not be on that list. Those ingredients have become the stepping-stones that assisted, encouraged, and offered guidance to the technology we so much enjoy today. That anticipation to build a better tomorrow depends on those virtues of yesterday being used.

I was once told that when someone beholds and acquires patience, then that person will learn to observe, learn to expand new information, and share a sense of calmness, peacefulness to others which gives some stability to one’s community.

Yes, I will admit, I like the convenience of an instant response to my questions when I text, but I also miss those moments when I would day-dream while I waited and came up with new, creative ideas to keep me busy! Those innovative moments when ideas became gifts for others on their birthday, gifts that benefited a loved one and expanded my horizons in crafts, photography and writing!

Creativity Brings Awareness

Crew: Here to Help

There are so many ways to be creative, and I am amazed how one’s innovative ideas or projects can touch the lives of others. During the month, the month of October, I know many saw “Pink” and I have heard that some felt overwhelmed by the color. But I can say as a Breast Cancer Survivor, being told you have cancer can be even more compelling. I remember hearing the diagnosis, my mind racing to reflect on unfinished business, and the whys. I became scared of the unknown expectations of treatment, and the experience was blinding to other things going on around. It was as if I had become frozen in time while others went on living. I know there are many that continue to battle and hold on to the hope of one day saying those words, “I’m a survivor.” From my gratitude, fighting the battle, the color “Pink”, well, it has become one of my favorite colors. I have become appreciative to various opportunities to be creative, to be expressive, to give back and fight with prayer, hope, and fund raising to support others affected, encourage better treatment, a cure and even prevention. I so enjoyed the opportunity to participate as a crew member for the walkers of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this month. I observed the various staff or groups of crew members who worked the rest stops use creative themes to get the word out, inspire the walkers, and promote a positive message of awareness of Breast Cancer. It’s a disease, like so many, that affect not a person, but the family and community. Becoming more aware doesn’t mean that one becomes aware of cancer but aware of how to support, not only the various charities that help financially, but those affected by this cancer or any disease. The month of October, with all its pink, was to bring awareness on how to be able to communicate and assist them or their family in meeting their needs from the moment of being diagnosed, during the battle, and life as a survivor. It can be lonely, friends and family are saddened, unsure, and some stay away. I’m sure it is more of “a lack of how” to offer support and communicate that keeps them away, but to the one struggling and battling, it can be confusing and distressing. I can share, when someone took the time to call to check up on me, listened and allowed me to vent, provided a meal while I was going through treatment, or even expressed gladness to see me when I was out and about, that kind of support gave encouragement and strength. Positive emails, book suggestions, and cards were uplifting. So, when I see “Pink”, when someone gives financial support during these struggling economic times, so I can be a crew member or a walker for a foundation that supports Breast Cancer or even a hug from a family member or friend that seems glad I can participate…Well, then I’m proud that pink is getting the awareness out.


As Avon Walk for Breast Cancer states, I am IN IT TO END IT! I am in it to end a lack of support to those in need, I am in it to end others feeling overwhelmed and lonely, and I am in it until there is a cure or even prevention to this cancer and other diseases.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Creative Journey

Colorful Journey

No matter what your interest, being creative about it can produce a positive influence. I know when I think more positive about what I’m doing, I think more confident about me, which in turn helps to develop me into a better person. On that journey through life, I face challenges and run into those moments when the negative wants to cover me like a blanket in the night, but when I wake I have to make the decision and accept the responsibility to find those positive thoughts. I like to keep within reach my crafts, camera, scrapbook, and story I’m writing to give me hope.

I will share a part of my journey with you. I faced those dark words six years ago of hearing the diagnosis of cancer. I had to hold onto positive thoughts, faith, and hope that I would get through, and it would become a blessing. Oh, there were a lot of negative blankets that wanted to invite themselves into my house and wrap me up in grief and doom. It was not an easy journey, but I became inspired with a journal and wrote my first children’s story by stepping into the life of my cat. Becoming more creative offered a positive change and I am a breast cancer survivor.

Today, I continue to strive to develop a positive perception and interpretation to my journey by being creative each day as I live. I enjoy getting out and hiking, taking pictures, being with family and friends, and of course writing. It’s appropriate to be thankful, and I am to family and friends, pets, and a power to be greater than I, God!

A creative miracle

Creative Beginning
The tender warmth of a sunrise,
Removes the chilliness of the night,
Behold today, a creative miracle.


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