“What a journey — unbelievable, and very humbling. Thank you for everything.” These words said by Ms. Susan Boyle at the finals of Britain’s Got Talent are exactly the same words I want to say today.
How time flies. On this day, a year ago, I published my first post at this blog. To be honest, I was not sure then for how long I’d be able to keep the effort. My hands often get full with work and other personal matters. But I started this blog nevertheless, with me writing anonymously. I felt then, and until now, that a certain extent of my anonymity will allow this blog to mirror many things that are in my heart.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, my dear friends, for visiting this blog, no matter if you visit once in a while to lurk or visit to read every post, leave a comment, or share an insight. I enjoyed all the comments that I have received. They made me smile, laugh, cry, reflect on so many things, and say so many prayers of gratitude. You have blessed me with your presence here and you have given me so much joy and goodness. Though virtual relationships may sometimes seem superficial, ours is a precious one to me. I have made some wonderful friends here. Visiting your blogs was such a pleasure, too. It has enriched my life in many ways. I think of bloghopping as one kind act, one that reminds fellow bloggers that we listen, we care, and we share even if we are faceless.
There will be no cake for this blog, no candle to be blown, no contest to mark its first year in cyberspace. But I hope you will allow me to ask for a gift which will come in the form of one kind act. On the day you read this post, I hope you can do at least one kind act to others. You can smile at strangers, take care of your niece or nephew for some more extra hours, do an errand for your parents, be extra sweet to your wife or husband or girlfriend or boyfriend. You can call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a long time. You can wash the dishes when it’s not your turn to do so. Anything. Anything, really. Remember, there is no small act of kindness. All kind acts are big. All kind acts have the potential to brighten someone else’s day and to turn a life around. Of course, there’s no need to tell me about it or to blog about it. But if you choose to do so, you are absolutely welcome.
I am now excited about what another year will hold for this blog. If you care to join me for another year, come on in. Grab a chair and make your self comfortable. I have prepared coffee for everyone, a perfect companion as we marvel together at the celestial hues of sunlight that cross the calm beach water fronting my old nipa hut at sunrise.
Muli, maraming, maraming salamat po! It’s been fun blogging with you.