“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A friend once told me that if she had a dozen essays on her desk, she would know which one was mine. It was the best compliment I could ever hope for from a writer and friend that I respected. I’ve received many encouragements to continue writing. And its in re-reading those encouragements that bring this quiet soul back to writing.
Lest my soul harden.
So here I am to declare that you can return to something you love even though you feel like you are sputtering through a season or two or three or four trying to remember your voice. Here I am even though two birthdays went un-noted —- jnetsworld turned 8 and then 9. Life has been profoundly heart breaking and heart building these past couple of years. I’ve cleared out house, sat in the silent space, had friends visit bearing gifts and pails of paint.
Thank you for your voice. It’s what brings me back.
My favorite hellos throughout the years.
UMA: “A blog with a soul!!!!!!!!”
DOCTORMATE: “Presence …A superb diarist resides here … jnet writes with calming power and silken insight …”
DAWNBLUE: “Beautiful artwork along with beautiful words as to what the importance is to this person. I spent time stumbling Jnet and found myself lost in her world of music and art and could spend an eternity.”
IFIKNEWBETTER: “i enjoyed her blog… lots of neat quotes… wonderful lasting images… lasting thoughts… a rainbow of ideas… “Beauty, the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.” “Don’t go through life, grow through life.”
QUHQUH: “JNET is an explorer on the frontiers of her self and her trail is worth sharing. Thanks, JNET.”
COOLBUS: “this is my second review of a stumbler that has a beautiful blog. it’s full of excellent writing and more. her writings always tickle my mind. visit here. spend time, and come away the better for it. 200 thumbs up for this neato person!”
SWEETMELISSA2005: “JNET’s way with words.., WOW. If she is not a writer or does not plan to become a writer, well then too bad for us because she does it so eloquently. I am truly in awe.”
PAULFRANK: “I think I am in love.”
DESTINYSFATE: “Different in each & every way possible yet so much in which she shares….I’m in awe of how I can honestly concur & relate to the 100th degree. Unique virtual boutique of expressions and suggestions”
JAMES: “Jnet, I love the way you write…such beauty.”
LITBITOFSONSHINE: “I loved her creative writing on her stumbleupon and her wordpress. She rocks and rolls and has such a open and sharing and caring understanding soul; one I even marked to read again as I will also visit her pages. Its nice to learn about families from her point of view as well as so many other mind expanding things – just wowzers.”
DAVE: “I loved your “loving like an athlete.” Keep up your good writing….”
ALAN: “You inspired me to change my blogs look as well, alas, my change was not as stunningly successful as yours. This is to be expected though, since your talent shines through everything you do here. My compliments!”
DESTINY: “Love your world and thanks to you, I can now define myself in all the diversity and unique(ness) that I possess as a person…as a woman. Just saying Hello and wanted to share that..nothing more. I enjoy the substance of your blogs.”
METALT: “Very impressive blog about life and I might add – balanced life. jnetsworld is a place I want to visit often and I deeply appreciate her for sharing with us.”
RICHARD: “My beautiful and talented friend. Again, I must tell you how well you write, but of much more importance than that, how very proud I am to “know” someone like you. You have such fine judgment, your values are impeccable and you seem dedicated to your art. As you know, choosing a life of creativity is not without its pitfalls. However, you do not need my advice and will find your way. You know I wish you well, Richard.”