RAKA Award

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I’d like the thank  magnoliajem for the nomination and Msw R for starting the award.

Here are the rules: 

 Random Acts Of Kindness Award, RAKA

This award is given to anyone you think shows kindness to another blogger or writer or to the community here on WordPress.
If you know someone that has shown you or anyone else an act of kindness please nominate them for this award.
I believe that any act of kindness no matter how small can significantly impact another’s life. So I feel it is great to acknowledge those who practice kindness.

The rules are simple.

1- Tell who you nominate and why.

2= Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.

3- Share  a paragraph of something that impacted your own life in the way of receiving kindness or how you extended kindness to someone else.

4- Nominate anyone or share to your own page. If you so choose to Participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post.

Wow, this is humbling. I mean really, I’m almost at a loss for words, almost.

I have been the recipient of so very many random acts of kindness that it boggles my mind. Even from people of whom one would not expect it. As some of you know, I am a domestic abuse survivor. After my last hospital stay, I returned to an empty house, in a wheel chair. So many kindnesses, from the former co-worker who brought the family SUV to deliver me and my new equipment home, to the ex-husband and ex-father-in-law who built a wheel chair ramp so I could get into the house. So very very many kindnesses. I couldn’t see it at the time, I was lost in despair and rage. I don’t know if I ever even said thank you. I have always believed that there are moments in time that define us. Those single events that change us on a elemental level. There is life before that moment, and life after that moment.

Shortly after the divorce from h**l, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has infiltrated nearly every organ in my body. One day I sat in a co-worker’s office discussing various IT problems and solutions, when I was gripped by a racking cough which was common for me back then. Once the spasm passed, he asked what was wrong and for some reason, I confided all the medical problems I had including the fact that the 5 year survival rate was less than optimal. I remember the sparkle in those amber eyes when he said, “I have MS you know.” I asked how he managed to fight such a devastating disease and he told me he could tell me what worked for him, I could try it and see if it worked and that he’d help me. That was my moment, all the years of rage, distrust, self loathing and fear, melted away. That was 18 years ago. My life now can only be described as a “fractured fairy tale.” We are two chronically ill people, living a life filled with adventure, travel, fun, and lots and lots of doctors. 😉

So, that’s my story, you never know where a random act of kindness will lead. For my nominations I’d like to nominate every one of you readers for the kindness you show me daily. That said, here are a few of the awesome bloggers who have given me many acts of kindness with their comments and their inspiration.

one flame   such an inspiration always

Harley at kallistipassionandchaos  who has taught me so much about writing fearlessly

and JI Rogers  because you’re awesome

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