Here at Golden Zen, Ginger and I are rolling out the red carpet for some very special friends of ours. We want to honor those to whom honor is due.
Here is how it all started:
I received a surprise email from someone I had never met but had seen around in the blogosphere. She informed me that Golden Zen was to be her next “site of the week” and that she would write a post about us, and promote us.
Needless to say, I was surprised. I went to visit her site, and found that sure enough, the site existed and was featuring Golden Zen. What do you say to such a kindness?
Instantly my mind kicked into action. (Oh no, look out, wreckage flying!) If she gave me this favor, what could I do in return? Blah, blah, blah. To be honest, it was my ego that went “crazy” because someone was doing me a favor, and I had to be seen in a “good light”.
Don’t’ get me wrong, I am all for etiquette and generosity and respect, but my response came from a head game that gets me into trouble. I have a knack for wanting to jump into action and begin repaying before I have even enjoyed the gift someone offers. No stillness there, let me tell you.
So, I stopped and breathed and asked myself, “How do you really want to respond”?
I want to be grateful, to be gracious, and receive. No drama. No posturing. Simply accept.
I will be making my rounds to meet you too.
While I am on the topic of red carpets, I am reminded of the “Butterfly Effect.” It is a movie yes, but it is a scientific fact, that all things trigger other things and we never know where they will go.
I read some great stuff on the butterfly effect this week at 6 Weeks. It was picked up by another great blog Wilson’s Words And Pictures and a great discussion metamorphosized.
And finally, Barbara’s actions have inspired me to think of the “pay it forward” concept.
There is one blog that I would like to pay it forward to on a regular basis. He is the first person I connected with after I posted Golden Zen. In fact, I wrote to him and asked him to give me some guidance, which he did without hesitation. Here was a guy I didn’t know from Adam, who lived in England, and he became an instant friend. I am grateful. No wonder his site is called Secret To Life , because Simon certainly a secret to life going for him.
I am grateful for every reader. Those who leave comments are leaving a path for butterflies to follow.
In the Grace of the Moment,
Photo Credits: Thanks so much to those who offer such a wonderful compliment to words. http://sixuntilme.com/blog-mt2/blog_images/2007July/red_carpet.jpg