Thursday, August 7, 2008

BE BRAVE: Day 10: Not Always Following the Rules

Kate is back from her vacation and she gave me a lovely award, the BFF Gold Card, in which BFF standing for Blogging Friends Forever. You will be my blogging friend forever, too, Kate ! I'm going to break the rules and accept it just with lots and lots of love and gratitude instead of following the rules, which is my special BE BRAVE action for today.

I do love getting awards and appreciate them so much, but sometimes (like today for some reason) I dislike including people to have the award and excluding others, and never have had the courage to (even one time) abstain. So I'm going to give it a try :)

I have been accumulating other BE BRAVE actions from this busy week and will feature them all soon in a post.


thailandchani said...

I have never been comfortable with the "choosing others" aspect of that, either. Several months ago, I wrote a post about it at my site, explaining that anyone who gives me one will be thanked - and I will be truly appreciative - but I'm not going to pass them on. I also don't put them on the sidebar of my site.

So far, it's been okay with everyone who has given me one.


Kikipotamus said...

One of my very favourite ways to be brave is abstaining from things I don't believe in or am not 100% comfortable with. It's so freeing, isn't it?

Rick Hamrick said...

O, I am so with you on this. The idea is a great one: let's hand around this beautiful badge and all be friends. The problem is, it is never all-inclusive, and while building community it can also build walls around it...not what anyone intends, but it can be the result.

I stopped some months ago, and the only badge I have added since is my JJL contributor badge, which anyone can earn by becoming a contributor at Joyful Jubilant Learning.

Just noticed, though, that I have been awarded the OVBEE (thank you, Olivia! I love acronyms which are pronounceable) and I may have to do something on my blog to brag about that. After all, it is a pretty rare award, the OVBEE!

Olivia said...


I think I felt this way for some time, but felt very obligated. I'm gaining new courage as I remember that "it's okay to be who I am the way that I am", to quote a famous writer.

Sometimes I'm in the mood, and sometimes I'm just not, and this time I wasn't and it struck me differently.

It's good to know that I'm not alone!

Peace and a lovely weekend,


Olivia said...


Yes, indeed! I am just stepping out here though with baby steps in learning, even realizing, that I'm not comfortable with some things and I am with others. And at different times, even that may change! And that's okay.

You are teaching me this...and the other wonderful mentors I have here.

Merci beaucoup and aloha love,


Olivia said...


That is just so how this struck me. I couldn't imagine who I'd want to leave out! There was no one that I knew that I'd want to do this to, and everyone that I keep up with in the blogosphere, I feel this way about. We are blessed with such a close-knit community here.

I do sort of like to display my badges, which isn't fair...but I don't care!

Rick, you are the first and only winner of the OVBEE award. Everyone else is excluded...and I feel just fine doing that too. (For all of you who have no idea what this is, please see my sidebar...Rick proofs my blog and has helped me out with a multitude of other fact-checking and spelling and well---you name it! AND he does it for free!)

Watch out Rick, you'd better start charging, because you're probably going to be inundated with requests.

Thank you muchly for everything as always, much love,