What a way to start the new year!
|Ron, Mickey and Aunt Mabel at Disney World 2000|
I won the "Rambling Beard Award" for 2010!
You say you never heard of the "Rambling Beard Award." Then I say where have you been? My God, just WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
The Rambling Beard Award is awarded by Kim Ayres of Scotland. Kim is the author of one of the best blogs on this planet. His blog is called "The Bearded One."
I discovered Kim's blog a few years back when I happened to stumble across "Blogs of Note" while I was exploring the settings on my blog. The title of his blog caught my eye, "The Bearded One." As regular readers of my blog know, I am partial to beards. When I saw the word beard a trip sensor immediately went off in my head that I may want to check out THAT blog. Might be someone of interest.
Well folks, I wasn't wrong. As I read Kim's blog I realized that this was a man of exceptional writing skills. Whatever he writes about he makes interesting. While I tend to gravitate towards blogs with gay authors, here was a straight blogger that I found interesting.
Kim and I have little in common except perhaps our love of writing and photography. Photography is yet another natural talent that Kim possesses. Kim and I also have similar views on religion, we're both unapologetic skeptics. Other than that, we have little in common. Yet I have enormous respect for this good hearted family man who is kind to so many with his generosity.
This was a person I could learn from. All my life and to the end of my days, I constantly strive to improve myself. Whenever or whatever opportunity I see that I can learn and become better as a person and my skills, I will seize those opportunities. The more I read Kim's blog posts I knew that I wanted to improve my writing skills to be on the par with Kim. Kim makes it look easy.
All my life I have been impressed with people who have natural artistic and writing talent. I do not have those natural talents. Certain talents are something you are either born with or not. I was not born with the natural talents for art , writing or music. Thus my lot in life was to learn those talents.
From Kim I have learned how to improve my writing skills.
I love to write. I feel like something is released within me when I write. I would be less than honest if I didn't say that I would like to have a large following of my writing. To have many people enjoy my writing is called reenforcement.
Every one needs reinforcement in our life. We all need affirmation that we are needed, loved and appreciated. We need to know that we matter.
Anyone who does anything from laying bricks to driving a race car to running for political office. They all want reinforcement which can come in many forms from praise, money or winning. I am no exception. I'll take the praise, thank you.
Kim , by awarding me one of his coveted (first time in three years!) "Rambling Beard" awards has just given me a HUGE reinforcement! The last time I got a huge reinforcement like this was when I won "Best Guest Services Representative" (a fancy title for a hotel front desk clerk) in 1999 from the Hilton Hotel Corporation. At that won free four day trip to Disneyworld for two. Yes, that's right. I actually said "I'm going to Disneyworld!" just like those hunky football player Super Bowl winners.
I can reassure Kim that I will not rest on my laurels this coming year. I plan to have an even more exciting, interesting and thought provoking years of blog postings in 2011!
What a wonderful send off for the New Year. Thank you Kim.