Over the past months I have taken a journey.

Over the past months I have taken a journey. - "may be reprinted with proper credit"

...by Carolee © Over the past months I have taken a journey. It was to rest and relaxation. A small island in my mind.
United States
April 30, 2007 12:47pm CST
Over the past months I have taken a journey. It was to rest and relaxation. A small island in my mind. I was getting sick hearing about me. I wanted to hear about how other people were living their lives, about weddings, about jobs and about struggles and triumphs. I have been reading a lot of e-mails, and just listening. Some times answering privately or simply just praying. Over the past years; I have shared stories about what brought me to this stage of my life. 13 years ago I was in a horrific traffic accident. I coded 2 times and have always wondered why I was given a second chance at life. The accident give me gifts. Yeah that is what I said. I have given me a change of life. While my body is physically poor, my spirit is lifted. I have often said "I need to get a life" and "I have too much time on my hands." Last night was a sleepless night. I twisted and turned thinking about just that. The life I needed was right before me. The time on my hands has given me a chance to be changed. At this old computer, I had met people I would never have met in all my years as a Travel Agent. I have had the opportunity to chat with folks from North Carolina, California, Utah,even over seas at the same time. I have shared joy and pain and was comforted by strong people. I have been IMed and asked for advice. I have had a good laugh and a good cry in the same day. When I would send out my stories, I would hold my breath and hit the send key. A lot of the time I would think "I don't even know why I thought this was interesting" Soon e-mail would return with messages of "Wow did I need to hear that" I would be encouraged by my readers more that I could ever say. Since I have been doing "My Thoughts" I have had the honor to meet a lot of you. Some even flew to Florida to meet me. I have tried to meet some on my travels out of Florida. The meeting was always the same. It was like meeting a long lost friend. 6 years ago I was given gift of an Irish Linen Hanky. It was from a large group of Internet friends that wanted to make their presence know on a happy occasion in my life. That hanky symbolized how I feel about the folks I have met here on my computer. It was pure white, like the emotions I get from you. It's threads interwoven are the numbers of friends I have made. The lace work is delicate like the souls I have touched. And the most important part of the hanky, is its strength; that is what all of you have given to me. I would love to hear your stories, your hopes and dreams and your sorrow and pain. One day I wrote a heart wrenching story. I really had doubts about telling my darkest pain, but in return I received over 300 e-mails telling me that my pain was forgivable. I was told that it was OK to feel like I was and would really like for you to have the same feeling. My soul flew that day. I was no longer a captive to sad feelings. This time out, I want to introduce you to each other. There are so many wonderful friends out there. I have reached household as far away as Europe and as near as 8 houses down the block. To the friends that have urged me to write again, thank you! The cob webs have been cleared. And my mind is less foggy. I will be sitting here and thinking about all the joy and sorrow that you have told me about and I will be here for prayer and a shoulder to lean on and a hand to hold. We may be faceless friends, but we all share the same heart! "may be reprinted with proper credit"...by Carolee ©
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
1 May 07
When I think of the journey's you have taken me on with your wonderful, descriptive writings, at times, it brings a smile to my face or a tear to my eye, but always a warm feeling that exudes happiness that tells me you are a very special woman. I am delighted to have "met" you and look forward to a continuing relationship' For now. it may be a relationship of words and pictures, but one day, perhaps, we shall come across one another walking along the same path. God Bless
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• United States
1 May 07
I am waiting for you here at Disney, come on down!!!!!!
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
1 May 07
We are planning on it. Unfortunately, it will probably be May of next year. We were shooting for this May, but it just couldn't work out. Who knows, maybe I can talk Mom into a trip down this winter, she loves warm places.
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
30 Apr 07
You do amaze me- Every time I get an e-mail notification that started something I rush right to it- After reading them I always feel better about myself, some how your writings make me feel happier and hopeful. Some days I just get into a rut feeling- Like nothing is going right and worried about the problems that I am facing- They are pretty small when you think about it in the grand scheme of things. When I get to feeling sorry for myself- I think about all the other people in my life and what they have and are going through- It makes me feel worse- that I’m feeling bad for myself. But when I read your writings- I feel happy! There is hope for me yet. I look forward to your discussions. Thank you for being a friend!
• United States
1 May 07
I hope you don't mind, but I sent you reply to an agent that is thinking about looking at my work, to be published!
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
8 May 07
I don't mind at all- I hope you are published-- be great to read more from you- I enjoy everything you write!
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
1 May 07
Carolee, you always seem to brighten my day. I just went to the doctor today, and not all the news was great. I have had a horrible day and sitting here at work, feeling tired and down trodden, I read your stories and think, I too can look at everything as a gift. I do so hope that one day you'll find your agent and finally be able to publish something. You truly deserve it. Thanks Carolee.. you are a true inspiration !!
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
1 May 07
I am so glad that you are back into writing and that is who you are.You have so many good stories to write and I really enjoyed reaing them. Thanks for sharing your stories.