That surprise virtual greetings card to a Friend! (Unabridged Version)
I’ve got a real surprise preview of a virtual greetings card for a blogger friend! This is a photo of the original watercolour painting of a stunning sunflower which actually reminds me that she truly shines into everyone’s life, like a sunflower so I have here a painting especially for her coming birthday this month of July. I’m not sure about the exact date, last year 2012 her readers greeted her on the 24th of July, but I have a feeling that her birthday falls on the week before that. I don’t know why I assumed it’s not on the 24th, as I’ve said before, just a feeling, kind of intuition but I could be wrong. (So I was right then when later on I found out that her 30th birthday was on the 16th of July and not the 24th after all.) I’m not going to tell her about it right now, but I will send her a link on the week of her birthday so she won’t be a bit surprised when she gets it online or I might just totally surprise her and post it later on her FB page 6 Months to Live.
Happy Birthday to Jacqueline Boone! Greetings from Oly Trinity
A Sunflower Virtual Greetings Card with Lots of Love and Blessings!<3
With all of this plan to give her a virtual greetings card as my gratitude for those inspirational posts in the blog, I’m so blessed to have come across online, one of them was “Dreams Can Come True” and the other was “Vision + People = Dream Come True”, that I happen to Google one day and also got a vote for MyBBB List blog. “My Adventure’s Biggest, Baddest, Bucket List” by Aubrey Andel on www.mywebroom.com came up on one of my searches at Google, lucky me!!!
From there, I ended up at her website on experimental stage called www.6monthstolive.me and I kept on going until I found her “About Me” profile. And it read the name, Jacqueline Boone. Even her name sounded so familiar but this was my very first time to see it and why so familiar, I have no idea or maybe because one of my favorite singers was Debby Boone who sang ‘You Light Up My Life’.
And what a stunning photo came with her profile. I read it and was so amazed by her great posts, full of passion for life and inspirational style of writing. Oh my, I was so impressed by her personality or was it her awesome journalistic style or maybe her very philosophical view in life? Something just clicked in my mind and I even got more curious, what she has got to say on the other posts in her most “intriguing” blog. I must have spent the night reading and kept on reading each and every post until my eyes got so tired, weary and was so sleepy. So I’ve decided to just bookmark her blog and then went to sleep. In the early morning after I got to brew some coffee, then had some and I went back to my all-in-one computer and found the bookmark, so I continued reading her interesting blog that I found so inspirational in life.
Halfway through, I decided to write a short comment on one of her blogs and send it. The reply that I got was so unexpected. She was particularly moved (even with tears in her eyes) by my comment that she wrote a “Love Letter to the World” post. Something new to me but still that one ‘love letter to the world’ post in her blog amazed me so much again since it was ‘written from the heart’. Wow, what a ‘treasure find’ either the passion in her blogs or the personality herself, not quite sure really. But what I’m so sure about is that I found a writer extraordinaire or someone so amazingly out of this world, that got me so interested in what she had to say on her remarkable posts in this philosophical website.
At first upon reading her website domain www.6monthstolive.me I really and truly thought that literally it was for real, but found out later that it was just a philosophical question, “What if you had only 6 months to live?” that inspired her to create this lovely and unforgettable blog. And I was almost in tears reading that question that you ask someone the inevitable end of human life, but knowing that it was only philosophically true then it appeased me a little bit. What a relief it was when I finally realized that it was only philosophical. All I could say was “Thank Goodness!” that it was just a philosophical question and not a question in a real life situation.
(Excerpts from my other blog: Premonitions, dreams, nightmares, or nothing at all…)
“What would I do if I had only 6 months to live? Good question (philosophical or otherwise), I should say. Well, my answer would be that I will keep on doing what I do best, to paint and paint my heart out until the last moment comes! What I mean is that I will keep on painting whatever captures my imagination and do that ’till I breathe my last one. Sounds so mundane but that’s what I will probably be doing until the end comes. Or maybe I will do whatever is left on my bucket list, like climbing Mount Everest, something so impossible yet it can be done if the spirit is willing to do it. Or perhaps do a good deed each day left for me to live which I’ve been doing all my life. What else can I think of? Maybe write some notes of gratitude or write farewell letters, emails or what not to all the people I’ve known and loved. Then say my last goodbye.
Perhaps I will reach out and talk to someone that I’ve missed all these years or lost contact along the way after ‘I left my heart in San Francisco’ eons of years ago. There’s so much to do when you know that you have so little time to do whatever it is that had to be done before you let go. This is it so try to do it right! I will say my last goodbye and then gladly go. Maybe I will pause and stop, then smell the roses. Something which we never do in our rat-raced lives anymore. When was the last time you picked up a flower or a rose and stop a moment to smell it, then appreciate its graciousness, lovely fragrance and beauty? Probably never thought about it even once in your lifetime. Don’t get me wrong because I used to pass by beautiful gardens and just look at the flowers and never did I pick up one and smell it. But one sunny day at my own garden, I saw a yellow rose and picked it up, then just smelled that rose. What a beautiful feeling it was that came over me! Not only was I reminiscing the times I was with my late sister who loves yellow roses but also found the time to ‘smell the roses’ and step back in time with those lovely memories. Try it and you’ll love it! Pick up a rose and smell it! You will never know what wonderful things can happen.”
P.S. The Abridged version was posted on July2013 then now the Unabridged version is here … and it’s dedicated to Jackie! By: Oly