Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You Lift Me Up

Dear friends, near and far,

I received some bad news last week about my work future, which I intend to explain here, soon, once I’ve got my wits about me.  I’m still reeling from the upset and the disappointment, so I’m feeling rather shy and protective about discussing it too openly.  But I’ll get there, in time.

Today, rather than moping and feeling sorry for myself, I wanted to say thank you to all of you, my dear readers and fellow bloggers.  Whether you lurk, comment occasionally, or have full-blown on-line friendships with me, I am so grateful to have you here.  This blog and I have been through a lot of ups and downs together: graduate school, a very anxious job search, finally finishing a PhD, moving to Texas to pursue new science dreams, and now, enduring a rather uncomfortable phase in my career when I don’t know where I’ll be in a year.  Through all that excitement, upheaval, and anxiety, my kitchen has been a constant source of pleasure.  Being able to share my love for cooking, eating, recipes, and the joy of feeding others and being fed by others has reminded me to live every day to the fullest.  Carpe diem, as Dead Poets Society reminds us.

Friends, you lift me up.  Truly.  Thank you for your friendships, your comments, your e-mails, your stories, and your beautiful blogs.  You inspire me to reach for new heights, to write from the heart, to live every day to the fullest.  You make me laugh, you make me think, and sometimes you make me cry.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  May you have a joyful Thanksgiving, with a celebration full of love and great food.  Carpe diem, tomorrow and every day.

Love,

Rose-Anne 

Face Turned to the Sun

4 comments:

Raquelita said...

I am grateful for our online friendship and our email exchanges (sorry I've been such a crap correspondent the past couple of weeks)! Thank you for writing such beautiful blog posts here and on your running blog! I hope you have a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving!

Shannon said...

So sorry to hear that rose anne, but I know you will come up with a new venture that yields more positive things!! hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving, i certainly am grateful for having found your little space in the world wide web :)

Laurie said...

I wish I had something useful, positive, encouraging, helpful or in any way meaningful to say here. Just wanted to let you know that I'm here, I'm reading and I have my fingers crossed for you.

Rosiecat said...

Raquelita, you are anything but a crap correspondent! It's been such a pleasure finding your kindred spirit on-line. You have no idea how much you inspire me to BE MORE.

Shannon, now I feel I must practice what I preach by seeing this news as opportunity and challenge, not just disappointment. In the interest of sharing my journey, I'll try to keep writing about it--maybe other biology PhDs will find it useful or encouraging? At any rate, thank you for all the years of blogging fun, and a very happy holiday to you and your loved ones.

Aw, Laurie, just reading your comment is positive and encouraging. Welcome back to the blogging fold, my missing friend. We've missed you! xoxo

Thank you, everyone, for the sweet comments. Again and again, you lift me up.