Very recently, one of our readers and a blogger in her own right - you may know her as "J'aime Shopping," - was diagnosed with breast cancer. She's lovely, smart, young, and hard-working; was getting ready to be married and now - well, now things have taken a turn in her life. She's been blogging with stark and moving honesty about her experience on what was formerly her style and shopping blog: J'aime Shopping's Battle With Cancer and I encourage you to go visit her there and offer her a few words of love and support.
|Source: J'aime Shopping's Battle With Cancer; Photo by Pat.|
A very wise friend of mine has lately been teaching me with his example, the power we all hold within us to love each other, even when we may not know each other well or have any certainty that the feeling will be reciprocated. It's been incredibly moving and eye-opening to watch what happens when someone approaches the world with powerful love for and trust in him/herself and love for others. I bring this up because I have always imagined that as bloggers and readers, we form a community here on the web. And as such we have - if not an obligation, then certainly permission - to offer each other opportunities for participation and collaboration. Fundamental to those activities are relationship-building, connectedness, and support.
And how much better - how much more meaningful are any of those things, when approached from the vantage point of love?
So, I may be going out on a limb here - I know that In Pursuit of Pretty Things is more than anything else, a place you probably come to indulge your desire for pretty material goods (and it's certainly where I come to scratch that spot too!), but we all know that there's more to us - all of us - than that. So, if you're in need of a little (or even a lot of) love and support, or can offer some, leave a comment below. I'll be thinking of you this week and even beyond with love and hope that things get better for you.
And meanwhile, don't forget J'aime Shopping. She's one of ours.