A State of Being
While December is “the most wonderful time of the year,” you might get tired of hearing this from me soon, November was a good month as well. Although some went crazy on Black Friday and behaved horribly towards their fellow citizens as they did battle to get bargains, during November more people gave thanks.
Gratitude was the underlying theme throughout our posts in November, unintentionally, subtly but there. Grateful is what I will always be for the opportunity, this medium and all the other media where I am able to converse with you.
This week’s roundup post is actually a showcase of the Top 10 posts of November. So, without further ado here are the posts that you visited, read, shared and commented on the most, with a quote from each.
Top 10 of November
#10 – International Men’s Day: Let’s Celebrate was published on November 19: “What if celebrating them would help reduce the more aggressive, sometimes mean-spirited behaviours? Does observing International Men’s Day really take away anything from women?”
#9 – Word To Live By: Kindness was intentionally written and published in observance of World Kindness Day, November 13 and is as relevant today as it was on that day. “Sadly, many of the words making headline news are filled with animosity or downright cruelty and hatred one person or group towards another. When the headline words are less hateful, they are filled with fear or sending a message that somehow you are not enough.”
#8 – Who Is Your Family? A very personal question that many answered that friends are included in the people who they would describe as family – and for whom they are most grateful. This was published on November 20 and came after news broke about the attack in Paris: “However, when news broke of the attacks in Paris, it was hard for me not to follow closely the unfolding. My family was the first thought to mind as I viewed the havoc other people’s family members had created.”
#7 – Food Banks: Help Up Or Hand Out? was one of those post that the Contributor, Katelyn Roth, and I pondered how best to approach it. In the end, it seemed we did okay as you placed it in our Top 10 for November: “For some (perhaps more than any of us realizes), relying on food banks to provide food, or supplement what is provided by a dwindling income, is a necessary evil. I say evil because of the stigma that surrounds those who require these services. Though most of us would say we have nothing but sympathy and support for those who have fallen on hard times, the general message is still that there is no small amount of shame that surrounds asking for charity.”
#6 – Aiming to be “Always Inspirational, Insightful and In-depth,” as well as Inclusive, our Contributor, Neelma Tashfeen, from Pakistan helped us step closer to that. In a world increasingly divided along religious, cultural, racial and other lines, through the post “The Story Behind Pakistan Fashion,” we sought to bring us closer on a lighter, prettier note: “Like the architecture of Indo-Pak subcontinent, Pakistan fashion, particularly the dresses, is a unique blend of the foreign influence, happily married to our local traditions coloured by religious overtones. The selection of fabric and colors is amazingly adorned with innumerable hand embroidery. With time and the entry of even more talented local fashion designers, a fresh dimension of modernity has been added to the traditional.”
#5 – In preparation for the New Year, we hope to support you and name “3 Roadblocks To An Awesome 2016.” Published on November 10, through this post and my E-Book, “Before The Year Ends,” we suggested that “moving into 2016, my suggestion to you would be this – clean up your intentions and your thoughts, check what outstanding goals you have for the year that is fast ending.”
#4 – November 17 is World Prematurity Day and regular readers know that my granddaughter is a preemie. It made sense that on that day the post was “My Daughter’s Journey With Prematurity,” in which I shared: “Mahalia was born at 1:39 a.m. on July 1, 2014 – Canada Day – weighing 4 lbs 1 ounce. Her parents were worried but I was not overly. There was a team of prayer warriors ministering to her – my Sisters of my private Facebook group, Daughters Of Sheba, her grandfather and his family in Jamaica, my then 2,000+ followers on Twitter and friends of my daughter all over Edmonton and the world.”
#3 – Filling The Dad-Sized Hole In Your Life was the most intimate post that Contributor, Alexis Ali, has ever written for us to date. This post was part of our series on Emptiness and as Alexis shared: “I wish I could say that as I grew older, I was able to accept it and let go. That I could understand that it was him and not me. But I did not and still struggle with it now. I remember times through my childhood when my sister and I would lay on the living room floor staring at the ceiling. We felt empty.”
#2 – If there is no one in your life who can teach you about gratitude then a book is a good place to start. “Books: Food For The Imagination” is the second most visited post for November and in it I shared with you a friend’s surprise about my Christmas gift one year to my daughter: “‘You gave her what for Christmas?’ His shock was palpable but surprising to me. Why would anyone be shocked that my gift to my daughter was a book. That was it. Nothing else.”
#1 – The most visited post for November was “Words You Can Use This Weekend” and it too was a roundup post as well as a play on words and my musings about words we use to harm or heal: “…No surprise then that my dream just before opening my eyes were filled with words, a meeting of hearts wanting to understand each other and people, women beseeching others with words. Sometimes words fail us. They go missing at the exact moment when we need them the most. Words that could heal a situation and caress a heart aching for understanding. Then there are other words that are hard to pronounce but carry within them, paradoxically, grandeur and simplicity.”
That is our roundup for this week. As always, my team of Contributors and I are most grateful that you continue to visit, support and even subscribe to receive updates of our posts. We hope that you will like our Christmas-themed posts throughout December. Those of you who are not yet part of the community, why not sign-up today and get the daily email update as well as monthly FREE newsletter that includes an affirmation poster?