“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver

We all love celebrating our friends and acquaintances achievements.

Some of you may know that I designed/wrote and ran a course on saving your memories.   It was not like writing your life story .  Rather  this was a course over 6 weeks that encouraged the participants to write one memory each week, to be read out to the others the following week if one wanted to.

These were always very personal memories being shared amongst us, but right at the start the number one rule was

“We will cultivate a safe environment in which to share our stories. We will be nonjudgmental and attentive to the needs of others in the group.

Sometimes memories will cause tears to be shed.  If the environment is safe and nonjudgmental the tears will be accepted without embarrassment.

Accept also that there will be lots of laughter.”

And there was much laughter, a few tears and some memories that were being expressed to others for the first time.

From time to time I have received communication from some of the participants but not for several years.  Imagine my delight on opening my emails today to find one that read:

“Hi Judith.  It all started with you, your lounge in 2009.
I’ve finished my book started with a story prepared under your guidance
Will you be coming to the launch party?”

What excitement! I immediately replied when and where is the launch to be held?  I’ll be there.

As I understand it this is a book based on Brian’s experiences having been born in London in 1938 (exactly like me).  His was a very different story to mine and he introduces the book thus:

“As long as I ever knew my mother, she was either amused or angry
with the voices which plagued her, an experience which provided the
spur for an extraordinary lifetime adventure.”

So I’m sharing y excitement with all and sundry.  I know that many who are battling with their own book will want to join me in celebrating Brian’s achievement .  And me?  I’m looking forward to December 8 when I can reconnect with this strong man and get to know him through his bookClapping hands

And my next reason for cheers is that my list of followers has now passed 900.  Way back in 2011 when I started this adventure in the blogosphere I wondered if anyone would read my posts.  Well, now I know that they do.

Thank you to all of you who have faithfully followed me for a while and thanks to the new followers. If I haven’t already sent you a comment of thanks, I shall do so very shortly.



17 responses to “Celebrating

  1. It’ll be 1000 before you know it Judith.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx


  2. You will have a wonderful time celebrating with Brian. Thanks for the inspiring story about passing on the writing magic.


  3. It’s lovely to be able to celebrate success… Your’s. Your friend’s, and in my case here, my friend’s friend.
    Congratulations to you both… Huge smiles and lots of clapping of the hands from this direction. 😊


  4. Being an inspiration to others is always cause for celebration. Enjoy the launch!


  5. Congratulations to Brian on his book launch! You must be pleased that your course got him started. Also congratulations on 900 followers! Amazing. So glad I am one of them.


  6. Congratulations on your 900 followsers and for encouraging other writers. I’ve passed the 200 mark, and I only dared to hope for 10.


  7. What a lovely thing, knowing that you’ve had such a positive influence on someone else!


  8. Winderful! Wonderful!To be acknowledged as a beginning or pivotal point in someone’s life is touching. Earth shattering really. But guess what? Not surprising. You have that je ne said quois that makes one feel inspired. Congrats my friend!


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