Remembering Who I Am with a Promise

For a while, the activity in my brain has been jumbled, stressed, and full of wonder. This feeling is exciting for about 2 seconds – then it just becomes overwhelming and scary. I am a fan of neither. Does this sound like anything you go through? Oh, I hope so or Lani’s right and I am just a weirdo.

Today I make the commitment to untangle the wires. I will regain my focus, set my intentions, and remember who I am – I invite you to come along with me. This journey is always better with a few friends. Laughter, support, new strategies, different perspectives – these are the beautiful aspects of friendships.

What better time to be tagged by Chris Cree with a suggestion of a promise. Although, with all the folks who have found it resonating, it is almost a pact.

Joe started it when he realized he had been noticeably absent.

It stuck a cord with Liz so much so that she made the promise herself and encouraged others to follow suit. That’s where my tag from Chris came into play.

Rick made the promise AND the buttons. (I like the blue, but he’s got green and red too!)

And now I make it as well.

  • I will be sure to comment on other Blogs if I can add to the conversation.
  • I will respond to comments on my own Blog.
  • I will acknowledge any links to my Blog with a comment on the linker’s Blog.
  • I will continue to link to other Blogs that are pertinent to a posts content.
  • I will once again be a part of the Blogging Community.

However, in the interest of complete honesty, Troy’s reminder of the nature of a promise is ringing in my head. Especially after Chris’ reminder that most of us pay our bills in the face to face world.

But, I remember who I am. And that person is diverse and interested. That is the person who is ready to make this promise.

Should I tag some folks? I suppose I should. However, this was surprisingly personal to me. In a way that I appreciate Chris for, but am sure he couldn’t have imagined. If he did, he knows me better than I thought and I am grateful for friends like that. So, I tag you. The one who read this post and said, “Man, I really need to get on with it.” The one who read it and related. The one who was hoping I would tag them…I tag you.


  1. Joanna Young says:

    Hi April, I love the way you wrote your promise, especially the tagging part at the end… It’s the best way to get words to speak – just to leave them hanging for those who might be waiting to hear them… πŸ™‚

    Blogging can get out of hand and I think it’s good to take stock as well as make promises – to be clear what you’re doing and why, and how it fits with your purpose.

    But I for one love having you around, especially when you pop by and leave me a sunny comment!

    Best wishes


  2. Hey April,
    Something like this IS personal, between you and your readers. Each person is an individual with their own responsiblilties, but it takes individuals banding together to make a Community.
    I think it is a good idea to leave it up to your readers to decide if they feel they should make the commitment too. πŸ˜‰ (that’s what I did).

  3. Joe – you did a magnificent thing over there. I am glad I was able to handle the idea in a way that earned me a wink!

  4. I like your promises! Especially the commenting on my blog part πŸ˜‰ I love how you constantly take stock of yourself and hold yourself accountable, especially in this society of empty self promotion.

    πŸ™‚ And you ARE a weirdo! What a great claim!

  5. Alrighty there missy…mixing beautiful compliments with cheap shots will get you…well, I don’t know what it’ll get you…but I’ll make sure that it ain’t good and smells bad.

    You should be better behaved so close to your birthday πŸ˜›

  6. define behave…. πŸ˜‰

  7. Heck no – you aren’t getting me on the record just so you can work your loophole magic!

  8. Like there’s something wrong with being weird, April!

    Weird people say the most interesting things and lead the lives the unweird look at and say “I wish I could do that.”

  9. Rick – you rock! If I create “A Weird Blogger” award, will you make me a button too?

    Joanna – thanks! I can take no credit for leaving sunny comments in sunny places – they just belong there πŸ™‚

  10. But of course.

  11. Hi April. Enjoyed visiting your blog. Came via blogcatalog.
    Literate Georgians almost make up for Michael Vick (ouch).

    That was completely uncalled for.

    And, it’s cool to be a weirdo. “Weirdness” doesn’t come along everyday. It takes a life’s work of striving. Some never make it to the pinnacle. πŸ˜‰

  12. Creechman – I have no love loss for Michael Vick – you are good to go πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the great review by the way! That was mighty nice of you.

    Hope to see you around more often…with jokes and all πŸ˜›


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