In the past I have talked about how grateful I've been for the friendships I've formed here and for the supportive community. I think all of us who have been here for a length of time have faced various trials and found our blog pals to be wonderfully supportive in those times. I know I have. Without going into a lot of detail as to what brought about my most recent realization I'm going to count the sense of safety I have found in the blog world. I hope it makes sense.
It seems a strange thing because I'll grant you there are always security issues which pertain to online life, which perhaps don't exist so much elsewhere. However, the space I've cultivated here and the spirit so many of you bring to it have helped to make me feel safe in expressing things that might have otherwise stayed bottled up. I've been able to stretch myself creatively when I've wanted to and get feedback. I've been able to share things on my heart and receive encouragement and wisdom. We've been able to laugh together in amusement and without derision. On rare occasions when I've revealed things that have brought me to tears you've given gentle comfort. I've found among you friends I cherish as deeply as if you lived next door.
To those who have received me graciously and gently, thank you for being a part of my safe place.