i wish i had a heart to send to each and every one of you who commented and entered into this unscheduled drawing. however, even without them, you are all winners! i was touched by the stories shared, not only in the comments section, but in backchannel emails from those that just wanted to share them. debi mazar once said: "a hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people." you are all heroes in my book!
i took all of your names and put them in the choosing jar...
closed my eyes, felt around, and selected a slip of paper...
and here is what i found when i opened my eyes again...
debi from the pacific northwest! you are the winner of the woven heart cloth!
here's what debi wrote in her comment:
"Mornin Joe! Thank you for coming over to my place for a visit, and your comment on my Tango Cat! She's further along right now and if I ever get a break from homework I'll finish her and post it on my lonely blog. I have so much to say on there... and it's been so neglected."
"It's funny, on Valentines Day I decided to smile and greet anyone I made eye contact with on the college campus. Wow, I was absolutely AMAZED at the result! So many people struck up a brief conversation with me. One girl looked so happy and radiant when she went on to class and she must have turned around half a dozen times to tell me how much she enjoyed talking to me. It was the same result several times as the day went on. It felt so good that I've been doing it all week. There are a LOT of lonely, sad students on campus with me. Sometimes it's just too easy to plow through your day going from one thing to the next, and you miss so much by not taking the time to connect to the people around you. Anyway, I hope I win your heart...my birthday is the 23rd! It would make a lovely birthday present!"
what a wonderful experience, debi! i have found similar experiences when i've just smiled at people, too. it's amazing, isn't it? i think it is all too frequently for any of us to plow through your days, not being present, and missing life that is right there before our eyes! it's amazing how we tap into our compassionate heart when we just decide to be present and acknowledge those around us in a respect full and loving manner!
debi, you have a big heart and a depth of soul! and now you have my woven heart small cloth! happy birthday!! i'll drop you an email so you can send me your mailing address and i'll get it in the mail immediately!
for the rest of you, gentle readers, you are indeed amazing people and i am honored to have "met" you.