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Zero to Hero Day 27: Putting One Foot in Front of Another 2.0

The assignment today is about looking back, which I don’t normally practice. I much prefer the view through the windshield, rather than the rear view mirror. However, this particular task is rather timely because the homework was to pick a post of ours that had the most views/likes etc and then expand on it in some way.

Tonight, I’m going to share all the cool sh*t that’s happened to me since I wrote the post “Putting One Foot In Front of Another” in June 2013. I don’t actually have to click back through my blog to re-read the post because that story was published (my first published story – Woot Woot!). There’s me holding it in the photo, and I have it pasted to my wall in my Writing/Spirit room.

Holding my first published story

Being very new to writing and coming out about my invisible illnesses of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Crohn’s Disease, I was quite scared about putting it all out there….I’m so glad I did. When the Spondylitis Association’s Program Manager Elin Aslanyan and other staffers from the Spondylitis Association of America saw my tweet promoting this piece, they came and read it….and liked it! (I mean really – does this kind of thing happen in the real world???) Continue reading “Zero to Hero Day 27: Putting One Foot in Front of Another 2.0”

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Zero to Hero 22: Blog Event – Daily Wisdom

I’m a couple days behind on my posts, so I’m still on Day 22 at the moment. The assignment is to dive in and participate in a blog event that is new to us. I already participate in a few photography blogging events, so I decided it was time to find one for writing. I discovered the Daily Wisdom page where I am offered a choice of items to blog about based on what they provide. The categories are:

  • Word of the Day
  • Quote of the Day
  • Article of the Day
  • This Day in History
  • Today’s Birthday
  • In the News

I decided to venture in to the Quote of the Day

Synchronicity surrounds us when we pay attention. This past week I’ve had discussions with people regarding pain and suffering, bringing in lessons from Buddhism and Conversations with God. Dostoyevsky identifies with pain and suffering with those with a deep heart. I believe he was delving in to the deep realms of suffering – identification of our reasons for being here, as well as the sometimes seemingly endlessness of life. When a human being is able to identify all that is the cause of the suffering, it is then the striving to remove the suffering begins.

In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “When we are able to identify our suffering and see its causes, we will have more peace and joy, and we are already on the path to liberation.”

Sometimes this sounds so easy, other times absolutely impossible. Perhaps it really is in the identification of the suffering that we truly do find our path.

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Zero to Hero Day 21

On day 19, our project was to post in a new way, utilizing a different mode than we usually post. I chose to post a video, primarily because I hadn’t done that yet. Honestly, I didn’t put a lot of thought in to it, I just returned from being away from home and needed a quick fix, so to say. This particular video was just released to the public as a way to promote the centennial celebration of the ARRL – the national association of Amateur Radio.

I should have known there would be more to day 19, I likely would have posted with a little more thought! So what is today all about? Expanding on Day 19! Talk about the proverbial whomp upside the head. My initial thoughts when I read the assignment earlier today were pretty scant. I thought…how the hell am I supposed to expand on my mostly thoughtless post (not thoughtless in the mean way…thoughtless in the lack of energy spent on it way). 🙂

Throughout the day my brain mulled this over as I prepared for my Conversations with God discussion group, our topic being that of listening to the messages we receive from the Universe/God/Source. Yes, quite the combination of topics in my head at one time – ham radio and God. However, my discussion group topics helped me to dig a little deeper and really think about the importance of ham radio. I could give you a sales pitch on why it’s a great hobby and why you should be a member of the ARRL if you are a ham…but that’s not my job anymore. I’m on the volunteer side of things now, I’m diving in to why it is important to me. This video is educational and entertaining. It is also full of my friends.

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Zero to Hero: My reputation…as a ham

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

Okay….this is my question to answer, actually from yesterday. I’ve discovered the challenge of keeping up with a daily blog while traveling – if you don’t actually schedule and plan time for it, it doesn’t happen. So here I am a day late and a dollar short as the saying goes. However, I think I gained by waiting because I found my answer.

This is actually a really interesting question to consider. To actually get to a place in your life where you have a reputation, means you have created a least a ripple or two in the waves. The question of having a reputation then becomes more of knowing of it. It actually turns out to be rather timely that I was untimely in my writing of this post, because I think I discovered the answer to this question throughout my meanderings of this weekend back in the ‘hood.

My husband’s volunteer life brings him to Connecticut twice a year to my hometown of Windsor, where the annual gathering of the leaders in the Amateur Radio community gather to decide on policy and other important topics. It’s really quite an honor to rub shoulders with these folks that used to employ me…now I’m a spouse and it’s a whole new world.

What I discovered this weekend about my reputation, I don’t actually consider a reputation per se. I’d like to consider it more of a character/personality trait. Ok, here it is… ready? Continue reading “Zero to Hero: My reputation…as a ham”