12-24-2012, 11:00 AM
Merry Christmas and best of the Season
I don't adjust my belief's and thoughts for anyone but myself so I truly hope nobody finds my greeting offensive. I have learned more about tolerance, if not acceptance, this year than any before.
I was ill through most of 2012 and mostly alone, though sometimes alone was good. I met a number of unusual people through my illness and found myself again in the process.
I found out one day when I sought to do something unthinkable that there is a higher power there, call him/her God or any other name I have long known there was more to life than a sudden end. The voice that saved me is still with me today and I am alive because of it.
I began to heal and feel better a couple of months ago, I met a Woman, Judy, who has given me a second chance with life I have been humbled so many times this year.
Through all of this there was fly fishing. I dragged myself down to the river again and again because I knew it would bring healing if I could just keep going back. Eventually through that time on the water, that voice that snapped me back to reality, then helped Judy find me, I am here facing one more challenge that I am able to overcome.
You all were there at times, Ard doesn't know this either but I used to hang out here and just read your thoughts and stories and information and it helped me through those times when I could not be on the water. I guess I fished vicariously through you all.
So Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, any of you will always be welcome to share water with me.....Kerry
Each smallest act of kindness - even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile - reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.