Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blogtoberfest #30 Friendship

On the Blogtoberfest blog post for the day Kat who is the host for this "fest" had a guest blogger and her entry went this way....
Like most of us, I am always juggling a million competing priorities and I want to be able to do it all. I never want to let anyone down and I find it so hard to withdraw from any commitment I make. In truth I have ridiculously high expectations of myself and I see any lapse in keeping all my balls in the air as a complete failure. It’s exhausting and this year, after five pretty full on years, the signs of burn-out have been ever present.

I hit September this year feeling absolutely exhausted and uninspired. Blogtoberfest was just around the corner. I kept trying to rally my passion. I knew that lots of people were looking forward to it and that I’d disappoint them if I didn’t make it happen. And so I kept trying to talk myself into it.

But in the end I couldn’t.

I sent Kat an email wondering if she might like to host it this year. She’d already offered to help out and I thought perhaps she might be willing to actually take the reigns completely. And luckily for all of us she said a great big YES.

It’s been an absolute gift to have Kat host Blogtoberfest this year. Not only has she done an absolutely amazing job, she’s given me the gift of knowing that I don’t have to do it all on my own.

This made me think not necessarily of what I may assume about myself but about friendship, who one calls on to help out with things, and what opportunities are given to us to act as friends and provide support for each other.

Given the disaster that has occurred in NYC on this day it feels appropriate to ponder on the ways in which one can provide friendship and support to others. Not being able to give the support of actually being there - lucky for me I missed out on having to cope with the situation- it seems that as a friend one can let others know that you are thinking of them and worried about them and then listen to all they can tell you and need to say. Not easy sometimes but it is really the best that can be done from this great distance.

1 comment:

Kat @ I Saw You Dancing said...

What a beautiful post, Celia. Hope all you loved ones in NY are OK. It must be so hard being so far away.
How have you been since Blogtoberfest? I just wanted to let you know that I'm hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12. Would be so rapt if you joined us!
There's a little giveaway too. :-)
Details here: http://isawyoudancing.blogspot.com.au/p/reverb12.html
Take care,
Kat xxx