14 April 2013

'more than i can say ...': an april platform challenge anniversary post

So many things happen, and change, in a year. I never imagined change could lead me here.

It started last April when I chose to try a platforming challenge that was hosted by a poet and pal, name of Robert Lee Brewer, whose challenge made me a relentless pursuer of how to become more adept at my craft and “master” the art of a better blog draft. For 30 short days Robert helped me to see exactly what Our Lost Jungle could be—to pay close attention to what my goals were, and how stronger platforms for writing occur. I started the challenge with no way to know how much my own visions of writing would grow. I figured, “This is a great way to unclog the septic drain that has become of my blog!” not knowing that, by the time the challenge ended, my dream for my blog would be greatly amended.

By thirty days’ end, which flew before my eyes, I found myself staring at quite the surprise. A family of friends had developed, it seemed—a family the likes of which I’d never dreamed. My vision at first had been quite self-contained: to get myself noticed was how I campaigned. By April’s midpoint I was surprised to find that other visions had invaded my mind. No longer were “me, myself, and I” the course—“No,” I told myself, “not self but a resource.” A resource for writers had become my aim: to share and support, not to praise my own name. I started to realize why my blog failed—because for too long selfishness had prevailed. I’d dwelled for too long on so much of myself that my “teacher’s heart” had been put on the shelf. Through the Platform Challenge I shifted my game, and for my blog platform refocused the frame. It took me a month to see what I must do: tear down my “I” house and rebuild it for you.

So for a year now you have become my purpose: my meaning, my longing, my feeling, my focus. I hope you have seen how much you mean to me—how far runs my love for you, how wide, how deep. Some of you say “thanks” for each OLJ challenge—you don’t know how misplaced that (deeply felt) thanks is! You see, what I’ve found in the course of the year is that service, not selfishness, brings my heart cheer. It’s you—yes, that’s YOU—who deserve all the praise, for bringing sweet purpose back into my days. It’s you who have brought this site to new frontiers: you whose readership has reduced me to tears. I’m thankful, so thankful, much more than you know, for how you’ve each prompted and helped me to grow! You’ve seen me through triumphs, through sorrow and pain, from darkest of depths to the sunlight again. You’ve shown me how my old plans were such a bungle! You’ve breathed sweet new life in the heart of this Jungle!

And so from the deepest part of my heart’s banks, I offer unending, innumerable thanks. To Robert, to Wordsmith, to each ma’am and sire—I thank you for how you impel and inspire. I thank you for lifting me out of the grey—how grateful I am I am hopeless to say. I thank you for all the support and affection, for giving me purpose and newfound direction. I thank you, friends, for taking me under wing—for spurning my sorrows and helping me sing. I thank you for things you don’t know that you’ve done: for saving my life—yes, among them, that’s one.

For giving me hope and renewing my life, and seeing me through sadness, sickness, and strife; for building me up when the world brought me down; for turning this poet’s whole world back around; for friendship, for family, for all that you do—my family, my friends, I say again: Thank you.

I hope you’ll forgive this lengthy sentiment: the time used on rhyme I hope was time well-spent. I end it now with one more firm proclamation:

♥ You, my dear hearts, are this platform's foundation. ♥


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39 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, Wow! You truly are a *Wordsmith* Khara! Lovely post.

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  2. I am so very impressed with this, Khara! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I love it! And thank YOU!!! You embody Wordsmith.

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  3. The poem of you
    Becomes richer with meaning
    Each time I read it

    With much love, Jeannine

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    1. What a lovely poem of Khara, Jeannine!

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    2. Wow ... I love it. Thank you, Jeannine! (I'm probably going to get this put on a print or something!)

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  4. Love you too Khara! Thank you for writing this sweet ode. I’m so copying and saving it into my inspiration file.
    Much love, V

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  5. Love back at you, Khara. Terrific post. You are a treasure for us at WSS.

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  6. Your posts give so much to others and this one is no exception. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge and your love of writing.

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  7. Aw, I love the quote at the end! ::hugs::

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  8. Beautiful Khara! Thank you, for teaching, for leading, for inspiring. But most of all THANK YOU for just being YOU. :)

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  9. I read the intro paragraph and thought, "Hm, that rhymes." Little did I know! What a lovely piece, Khara, and lovely sentiment. I hope you know the appreciation goes both ways. Your creativity, your unflagging enthusiasm for this group, and your hard work are truly inspirational. Thank you, thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Gerry! And, I do know it-- and it continues to humble me to no end!

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  10. You and Our Lost Jungle are an inspiration, Khara. Thank you for this lovely post <3

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  11. How beautiful! Thanks for serving us and giving so much of yourself! I always learn from your posts.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer, and I'm glad! (Especially since the site's been a little flaky lately)

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  12. Aaww . . . I'm so grateful for your challenges and for being able to get to know you so well through WSS. A lovely sentiment on your very special day!!
    xo

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  13. Khara, you who dropped the perfect Pablo near my pillow on a day when I was sere and needing libation of love ... now flutter by ruffling the leaves with scents of champa flowers, lily-of-the-valley, miniature orchids (those turquoise/purple ones - hard to find in winter) - just by being, you bring a large heart to everything you do...and we are all so much the better for it. I know I am. Making a large platinum coloured paper-air-plane, filling it with love and sending it to you...thank you, thank you, thank you.

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    1. Wow again ... I think I've found another quote for my wall! This is lovely, Sharon, and I thank you for it!

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  14. This is such a heart-warming post - and I can tell it comes from the depths of your being. I am so happy I met you and all the other folks at MNINB. As we were just getting to know one another, our twitter chats were such a break from the work. When we all transitioned from the Challenge to Facebook, I remember spending a lot of time there because it was fun getting to know each other more. But life forces us out of recess and into work. For me, though, my heath changed my level of participation. But like you, because my focus is on others, I will be back to WS Studio and my blog. You're a dear blessing, Khara!

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    1. So glad to hear it, Monique! I've missed you :) Happy writing, and thank you!

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  15. Lovely post, and thanks so much for being such a great resource! We're all so lucky to have you.

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  16. You are fabulous. I hope you know. You do know. Cause I told you. You are fabulous.

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    1. And now I know! Thank you so much, Becca!

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  17. Oh, Khara, how clever you are, with its rhyme and its meter. You've placed us all in debt. You know that, don't you? You've thrown down another gauntlet, albeit unintentional as can be. Who else among us would have dared thought to do such a post? I'm quite flabbergasted.

    This was truly an occasion for me. I so enjoyed your words, but the message wasn't lost in technical appreciation. At least for me, you reset a gauge I didn't realize has been malfunctioning. Thank you, sweet friend.

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    1. Wow! Thank you, Claudette, for your kind words. You have no idea how much it means.

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