Proud but Appreciative

Wow, I feel quite honored to be a featured blog.  I’m trying to be modest about the whole thing but I can’t help but feel a bit proud of myself.  Nothing wrong with a little pride every now and then right?

The flood of comments has been amazing and I appreciate every word.  I love hearing about people’s lives and the stories they have to share.  The interconnection human beings contain is a glorious characteristic of God being that we are all intertwined in His infinite presence.  I always feel a bit awkward when I come out and say this but I believe we all not only contain a piece of God inside us but are an actual piece of God, and therefore by observing others we are learning from God himself.  This can be a radical idea to some but people of Eastern religions would most likely agree without much thought. 

Each and everyone of us has something to teach others and this can be done simply by reaching out and sharing our lives, our stories.  The uprising of blogs has been a wonderful event in my opinion because it allows us to watch and take part in the transformation of others.  We relate to people’s lives and what they go through.  Our own experiences make us want to reach out to these people and let them know we are there, living and transforming right along with them.  We’re all connected and we are all one God, so that as we come together we lift each other up in deeper ways than most realize.  When we reach out to share or simply touch another’s life, we touch God.

I do not write to teach or to inspire.  I like to think I write to simply share my transformation and my growth so that others may take part in it.  The good times and bad times so that in the good I may lift up someone else and in the bad someone will kindly lift me up as well.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and thank you for sharing through your comments.  If possible I hope at some point I’m able to respond personally to everyone.  Life definitely isn’t slowing down at the moment however so know that my silence by no means shows a lack of appreciation.

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25 Responses to Proud but Appreciative

  1. Destiny says:

    very powerful thoughts. i whole heartedly agree that we as the human race are extremely interconnected, and i try and remind myself of that fact every chance that i get. these days i even try not to get mad at my neighbors if something goes wrong, because i do not have to like them as a person, but i appreciate their soul for coming here to take on the challenges that they will face in life and what they have come here to teach others. great page, keep up the good work!!

  2. Shelly says:

    You are an amazing man!  I love your blog!!   Please Please Please get going on Project Walk!   Don\’t delay any longer the sooner the better!!   I have heard they can do amazing things.. I also heard of therapy in Poland.  They put you in a suit for therapy and it helps re-program your body to talk with your brain and etc..  I\’ll check around and find out more info for you… please try all things before surgery!  You are truly blessd!  And although every day it doesn\’t seem that way… remember your own blogs!  I\’ll be back! 

  3. Unknown says:

    I just stumbled across your page and decided to spend my lunch break in this coffin of an office to read it. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your thoughts down. You\’ve managed to verbalize (or actually, type) a concept I never really understood till now. I\’ve always thought you want to live in a beautiful place, you have to do beautiful things. The news, the environment, gas prices, school-related stress… all of these things have been getting me down so much that I began losing track of how important it is to be personally involved in the improvement of our life and our surroundings. As a student studying Occupational Therapy (have you been involved with OT at all?) I have a personal interest in your story. I have been really interested in working with individuals who have experienced TBI and SCI because these people have managed to illustrate the resilience of the human spirit and body. You are an incredible example of this. Having the opportunity to be in touch with this on a daily basis would be such an honor for me. I look forward to reading more as the weeks pass and wish  you the best of luck. I\’m kinda a talker too, so if you want to email me, I would be so thrilled, if not, I\’ll check back here. Thank you so much.

  4. Jim says:

    You are amazing…paralysis is a fear for many because of the adjustments it must bring, but your words and strength set a positive example that encourages me to live less with less fear and empowers me to believe that we can overcome any challenge life throws at us.

  5. Kenny says:

    congratulations on being featured, brotha-man!

  6. Beverly says:

    Congrats, Colin –  I started reading your blog when you first started writing, but haven\’t had much time in the last few months to blog-hop. I do remember, though, always liking your perspective on Life, and loving that I always left your space pondering something you had just remarked upon.  My only comment about your space being featured, is to MSN:  "What took you so long?!"  🙂

  7. Here I am says:

    Just wanted to say hi – something about your blog just caught my eye today.  Don\’t know what it was – but i felt a connection.  Will spend most of the night reading it from the beginning.  Please keep writing and keep us up to date on what\’s going on with you.  Take care..

  8. Mandikenz says:

    i agree with you wholeheartedly. i feel that so much can be learned from person to person. your words have intrigued me  and caused me to think about how blessed i am each day that i am able to walk, dance, and swim. these have become luxuries. life has frequently been lonely as of late and circumstances trying, but your words have helped me to realize that people with worse circumstances have used those circumstances to project their resilience even more brilliantly to the world. you are a strong soul and i will remain posted.

  9. Madi says:

    Very inspiring (even if you don\’t write to inspire).  I very much agree with your expressions.  I will be reading often, to be touched through your strength and your trials!

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  11. Shannon says:

    What a great and well deserved honor!  You have SO earned it!  Dont let the celebrity status go to your head, okay? 🙂 And you are right…there is NOTHING wrong with a little bit of pride!  Heck, have a whole lot of pride!

  12. Cassie says:

    I agree that we are all "pieces" of God. We think of our children as pieces of us. Well, we are God\’s children. So that\’s not such a hard thing to wrap our minds around, now is it? 🙂
    Nice site you have here. I will have to come back and read more.

  13. tracie says:

    WOW… you are such an amazing person. I have only read a few of your posting and can not put into words the feelings of inspiration you give me…. when I don\’t have the courage or strength somedays to deal with my two teenagers…. what a reality check.
    I do however feel a sort of connection to you. My dad was in a truck accident when I was only 2 years old ( I\’m a bit older now lol ) that left him a parapalegic. I have no memories of my dad walking, only of him being in his chair, even when I dream of him- he is always in his chair. I never thought of my dad as different, trust me… the only thing he didn\’t do was walk. He was such an amazing man who unknowingly taught all of those who knew him how to love the life they were \’given\’ and how to appreciate the people who were \’given\’ to be in your life. He was not a religious man but very spiritual and he Believed.
    I wish to you peace and happiness. I put my hands together to you… BE PROUD !!
    I look forward to enjoying your postings in the future.

  14. Tina says:

    Well hello my famous friend!!  Congrats on being featured!  Its about time really.  I am so glad that other people are getting to see what an amazing person you are.
    Loved your trailblazing story and pics.  I think that its so amazing that you are not letting your fears get the best of you.  You sounded so alive in that blog.   Heres to many more adventures coming your way!

  15. t i m says:

    Hi Colin,
    Congratulations on getting nominated this week on What\’s Your Story. Its always a fascinating to discover new spaces & read about insipiring stories like yourselves.
    Take Care. 😉

  16. Unknown says:

    Congrats again on getting your blog featured this week.  It looks great; keep up the good work.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and stories.  The "Trailblazing Adventure" was very written:)

  17. Kadrin says:

    Hi Colin : )
    First visit here by way of msn space vote. Very inspiring blog you have. I will definitely be a regular visitor now, that I know you are here. You are a commendable person in sharing your life journey here. bless you and Namaste, Blabby

  18. WINDOW LIVE says:

    Well, Colin even though you may not write to inspire you sure do.  I always hope in crisis that I handle things like you.  My family lives in Raleigh.  Thanks!

  19. Laura says:

    hi it is so awesome to read ur blog and see that in some big ways you are a lot like me. i have been in a wheelchair all my life, or at least i have needed one all my life. i have had one since i was 2 and i am 15 now. the pictures of you waterskiing are awesome. i like to waterski too. maybe you could email me bcuz it would be really neat to get to know you. by the way my name is Laura. if you could email me sometime that would be really cool.

  20. Aaron says:

    great blog man!
    Good luck in all your endevors!

  21. A Utah Woman Am I says:

    Congratulations on your \’induction\’ to the Best of MSN.  I can surely see why you have been nominated for such a feature.
    Your blog, unlike others, INSPIRES!  Many blogs you see today are merely the product of mis-used time, but you have used your blog to inspire and lay down your thoughts.  And I am so glad you have done so. 
    Thank you as well for sharing your story of hope, perseverence and \’power\’.  I for one am touched by it and wish you the best in your trip in the blogging world.
    Also, a very happy start of June to you as well!
    Take care!

  22. Patricia says:

    Smiles! 🙂 how\’s PW coming along? -patti

  23. Unknown says:

    Hi, Colin —
    Love your pictures and your blog. Like the idea of mantra. You\’ve caused me to consider that. Thanks for writing your thoughts where I could read them!

  24. Mike says:

    Hello and congrats, I am gald to see how you are taking life after such a thing, never giving up is the best, I remember I was told once as a child there is no worst failer then the one you do not try again, well it was in a different language so it sounded better LMAO but if we do no succeed which should try and try again! :o)

  25. Mercy says:

    I haven\’t been around for awile in your blog, but am VERY glad to see you\’ve been nominated…congrats! Puff out your chest all you want!

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