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Surrounded By Brilliance.

I go to my office to photocopy some documents and I find in my mailbox
there, the most beautiful little thank you card and note from
Ginger Wilcox thanking me for the little book I’ve sent her (for
her win in the Inspiration contest) and as I read it, my heart warms and a feeling of joy spreads through my cells as I realize, I’m surrounded by brilliance.

Later in the day I read Chris Elizabeth's Griffith's post about handwritten letters and what we are losing when we no longer send them. I realize, through reading Chris' post and how right she is, that there are still people who truly know how touching and valuable a handwritten letter or note is.

Thinking on the hand written notes and letters I've received this month from people who value me and their connection to me, I realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by such brilliance as there is to be found in these people who are a part of my life.

 I drive north an highway 37 , the colours of fall set beautifully against a blue sky and as I cross the bridge that runs over the Moira River, I gaze upstream and am
struck by the sheer, breathtaking beauty of the orange and red
maples reflected in the lazy river’s surface and once again, my
heart grows as I realize, I’m surrounded by brilliance.

Pulling into the circular driveway of the secluded Cape Cod home
my clients are buying, I gaze at the backdrop of the yellow and
orange maple covered hill and the small group of happy, laughing
people standing outside. They are my clients and the home inspector
and they wave as I pull up and as I get out of my car and approach
them, they all stop their conversations and come towards me with
greetings and wonderful smiles and I am struck at their beauty and
grace and how I am surrounded by brilliance , once more.

I sit on the old, stone garden ledge talking with my client and
her daughter and while the men are in the house discussing
building technicalities and I hear my client tell me stories of
her miraculous life and triumph over adversity, I realize once
more how I am surrounded by brilliance.

As I stand in the kitchen listening to the home inspector with
my clients and their daughter and son-in-law and grandson,
my client approaches me and hugs me as she says to me, out
of the blue, ‘I think the world of you. You’re like another daughter to me.’
I’m so touched by this gesture she has shown me, that I begin to sense once more that feeling
one has when one knows that all is right with the world and you are exactly where you are
supposed to be. Standing in the kitchen, time stands still and brilliance from every voice and
heart infuses me once more. I’m surrounded by brilliance.

I visit my Mother to bring her two 10 lb bags of beets that she has
asked me to pick up for her so she can make her yearly batch of pickled beets. Her winter home is as fresh and clean as always and as she places the freshly washed screen back in it’s place in the living room window, she steps down from the chair she has been standing on and comes towards me with a welcoming smile and hello and warm hug and kiss on my cheek.
She is as joyful and happy as always.
We sit and share the weeks events and her happiness is palpable as she says ‘Well, don’t you notice anything different?’ I think to myself I do notice something different.
She seems younger and more vibrant than the last time I saw her a few weeks ago. I don’t know how to say that so I look around the room and say ‘No, I don’t.’
She says ‘Don’t you notice how fresh and clean the air smells?’. I tell her it always smells this way in her home. She proudly announces to me that she has quit smoking for over a week now. I am overjoyed and beside myself as my smile breaks out across my face and the glow she is wearing makes her appear 20 years younger and almost like a teenage girl again. I am surrounded by brilliance.

 I take my dear friend Tom Braatz's picture
of his son and farm
(he has just learned how
to post pictures and is very proud of himself)
from his farming days and lighten it up on my
picture program since all I was initially able to see
this morning
when I read his post was a picture of steers and a
farm field due to the settings on my computer.

As I lighten the picture up, a handsome young boy
comes into view looking proud and serene standing
inbetween two fenced areas; one holding sheep and
the other
steers.
I feel how proud Tom is of his son, Spencer, and
rightly so. My heart is so greatly touched by the love
a parent can have for their child and once again I realize I’m surrounded by brilliance.




I check my statcounter to find out where my readers are coming from these
days and am intrigued to see a long line of flags from foreign countries …France, Germany, Switzerland, and so on.

Why is this happening all of a sudden, I wonder?
I look at the link that one of them has accessed my blog through and I wonder about it as it is one that I have never seen before. I click on it and am astounded to see it lead to Paulo Coelho’s blog.
I wonder how someone is accessing my blog though Paulo Coelho’s.

Then I find it.
Paulo, one of the finest and most widely read writers of our time (and in my opinion, currently one of the most insightful spiritual guides the world has to offer) has linked to one of my Active Rain posts in his blog. I am so touched by this and once again as my heart fills with a wonder that I can only describe as love, I realize that I am surrounded by brilliance.


 Now, as I close this post, I turn my head slowly to the right and rest
my eyes on the distant, westerly horizon
of soft pinks fading into a peach and
grey, early evening sky.
Such amazement finds it self entering
every corner of my being, that I am struck speechless once again.
I am totally at peace and beyond the
state of happiness as I realize once
again, that no matter where I've gone
or what I have done this week, this day
and this moment, I’ve been surrounded by brilliance.

As I write these words for my first post in
over a week and half, I am thinking of
everyone here who I admire so greatly.
Such heart, such soul, such talent, such
caring and such love. As I hit post and
the feeling of accomplishment comes
over me, I smile to myself softly and
my eyes glaze over once more, as I reflect on the quote I read today,

"Brilliance~When a collection of brilliant minds, hearts, and talents come together...expect a
masterpiece."


Acitve Rain, the masterpiece. My experience here is one beyond description and as I hit post and
give thanks for all of you, I realize once more, I'm surrounded by brilliance.

 

 

Jo

 

Jo-Anne Smith, the author of this article, is a REALTOR® with Royal Lepage Proalliance Realty, Brokerage, in Belleville, Ontario and welcomes your real estate inquiries. To contact her, visit www.QuinteRegionRealEstate.com


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Comment balloon 66 commentsJo-Anne Smith • October 24 2007 07:06PM

Comments

Joanne,

Your amazing post leaves me absolutely speechless. Beautiful, thanks so much! And my best to your mom for quitting that habit, that's exciting news.

My best to you and continue writing...

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 12 years ago

Jo, I have just gotten the computer back from my son and thinking how much I miss your posts and what did I find?  Brilliance....

We are very blessed, don't you think? 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Jo,

From one brilliant mind to another, nice to have you back!!! Thanks,   Fran

P.S. I told you you were cared for!

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 12 years ago
I was wondering where you went. And here you are....brilliant words of brilliance. And woohoo to your mom! Proud of her. It was hard for us too....we just passed the 10 month mark.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 12 years ago
Jo - Your way with words is so BRILLIANT and shines brightness in my world! I have missed you and your brilliance you share with me. Your corner of your world is so bright and I know that many will agree with me that you light up our worlds! Thank you for doing so. Very nice post, your kindness and thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed. You are a wonderful person and I am thrilled to have your light fill up my little corner of this blog world. Thank you for writing today!
Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) over 12 years ago
Jo - Absolutely brilliant!  We sometimes forget how special a handwritten note is..especially in the computer age and Instant messenger and text messages.  We need to stop and smell the roses sometimes, just like you made me to with this wonderful post! 
Posted by Candy Henthorne, Spring Texas Real Estate (Results Realty) over 12 years ago
Beautiful post Jo-Anne, we have many wonderful friends here that inspire us.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 12 years ago
Jo-Anne~ what a beautiful post!  My mom is struggling to give up smoking too, let's hope they can do it.
Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) over 12 years ago

That was perfect Jo....just perfect!

Welcome home

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Great attitude - love it!
Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 12 years ago

Jo-As I looked at my dashboard of subscribed blogs this evening, there you were.  My heart leaped, a big smile formed across my face and as I clicked on your link, all I could think is "what beautiful gift is Jo going to have today? Oh how I've missed my friend".  What a beautiful gift you have given us today indeed.  This post is beyond brilliant.  You are such an amazing lady Jo.  Your gift to reach out to us all and to touch every soul the way you do, well I feel as though I'm at a loss of words to truly describe the feeling you give us.  Thank you!  If I could reach my arms to the many miles we are from each other, I would hug you right now.  

Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) over 12 years ago

Jo, Julie was right. You are synonymous with goodness. Thank You, Thank You very much

Tom

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 12 years ago

JoAnne ,

This was such an uplifting post.  There are so many things that can certainly bring us great joy.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 12 years ago
Jo-Anne, from start to finish your day was filled with brilliance, and you shared your brilliance and spirit with us so that we could feel your peace and joy.  Thank you!
Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 12 years ago

Lynda,  Thank you so much for visiting this post and for your kind remarks.
I hope things are going well for you this morning and you are keeping safe and healthy in the midst of all of the destruction and tragedy the fires are causing. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to read my post and comment,

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Carole,  Thank you so much.  Your encouragement and support has always meant the world to me.  We are very blessed indeed and all we have to do is open our eyes and see. Brilliance is all around us....

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Jo , immersed with you in this sea of light

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago
Hi Jo,
I'm in  a rush right now and this post deserves more than I can add right now. I'll be back.
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 12 years ago

Tom,  Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation....they truly mean the world to me. I'm very thankful that you're aware of all of the brilliance that surrounds you as you go about your day; it shows in your words and thoughts and in who you are and I'm honoured to know you too.

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hi Jo,

Beautiful post. As always your posts are so wonderfully written. I am pleased to hear your mother quit smoking. I love the picture of the fall trees they are so amazing. Thanks for another great post!! 

Posted by Trace Galle (Designs by Trace) over 12 years ago

What a beautiful post--I see you are a very positive person.  That will spill through in our personal as well as business relationships.
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 12 years ago

Jo, you are such an appreciative and giving person, that happiness and beauty come reflected back to you by the people in your life.  You have a gift.

And you make a point that may not always be apparent:  the total brilliance of Active Rain is greater than the sum of its parts...

Brian 

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 12 years ago

Fran,  Thanks for stopping by ! I care for you too, as you already know.....you are becoming a real blogging maven with your writing abilities and wealth of heart and knowledge.  Your picture posting abilities are pretty darned good too !

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Sally,  Congratulations to you and Gary on passing the 10 month mark !  That's wonderful news... ((-:   I'm very overjoyed about my Mom quitting. 

Thanks so much for your nice comment....it means the world to me, as always.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hello Candace !  Thanks so much !!  And also thank you once again for the lovely email of appreciation and thanks you sent me for the little Inspiration book for you contest win. I'm so glad you're enjoying it. You're like me, keeping it on your bedside table and reading it a bit each night. Julia Cameron is wise beyond words....

I'm thankful you're my friend and that I met you here on Active Rain...you light up my world too .

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hi Candy !  I'm glad you joined Active Rain...you bring such a special gift here...yourself. Letters and notes and cards are so nice to receive, aren't they? I treasure them and save each one. 

We are immersed in such brilliance, it's all around us; all we have to do is open our senses to it and be aware of what we are surrounded by.....the beauty and uniqueness of it all. Each person, each tree, each flying bird, each sound, even a lady bug on the screen looking for a place to spend the winter.  It's everywhere.....

Thanks so much for your lovely comment, 

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Thanks Missy,

Yes, we are surrounded by so many wonderful people here that bring us inspiration...you are one of them for me.  Your Facebook friendwheel is amazing !

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hi Lisa !

Thanks so much for stopping by this post....I'll keep your Mom in my thoughts and hope the best for her with success in giving up smoking.

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Joan ,  You're such a sweetheart....I'm just so thankful to have gotten to know you here at Active Rain. I don't think you'll ever fully realize how much....


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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago
Jo Ann, you are an amazing writer and thinker and person of influence. You obviously have insight that I need to tap in to on a more regular basis. I had been missing your posts since I try to read them all. I can tell you honestly, it is worth the wait. You are a big part of the brilliance.
Posted by Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe (LivingInBirmingham.com) over 12 years ago

Dena,  Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment,

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Jo-Anne - I am sure that the next time I am in Belleville I will be able to find you easily by the brilliance you exude. You certainly are a very profound and heartfelt blogger and your brilliance is seldom surpassed. You are an inspiration to all your readers.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 12 years ago

Julie,  You forever amaze me. Your ability to put down your thoughts and feelings is indescribable and I agree with everything Thom Abbott says about you and more.  Thank you so much for being a constant friend and light in my world....your emails to say hello or 'how are you doing' mean the world to me and always bring a smile to my face and a feeling of how lucky I am that you are my friend to my heart....

thank you so much and for the wonderful hugs...

{{{{{{{{Julie}}}}}}}}}

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hello Jo- Anne Jeff went to get the mail today at our PO BOX in Town and called all excited because we also rec/d your book from the Inspiration Post :)  Thanks so kindly - you'll be happy to know He confiscated it first to read...but I will probably do a post from the GIFT so I can give back just alittle of the BIG amount you've given to all here in AR...including newbies like us!

Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks so much for your kind words and insightful thoughts....I agree with you completely, we are surrounded daily by things that bring us joy...all we have to do is open ourselves to receiving them.  So many gifts....

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Kris,  Thank you so much for visiting this post  and for your kind supportive words and thoughts !


The universe was trying to reach me in many ways this past week to show me how I'm surrounded by brilliance and love ....yesterday so many things happened that I couldn't help but finally open my heart and eyes completely and really see and feel what the Great Mystery was showing me.


Once I did, needless to say, I was blinded by the brilliance that was surrounding me on all sides....we are truly so lucky to be here having this experience of life here on earth in this time.

  Knowing everyone here on AR, particularly my friends, like you, that I value and respect so highly, brings me something beyond description .....

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hi Cynthia !

I know how busy you are this week with the class you're taking and also doing real estate and looking after your little girl....

thanks for stopping by to say hello and for your appreciative comment,

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hi Trace,

It's nice to see you !  I was just thinking of you today and wondering about you .....thanks so kindly for your supportive and lovely comments, as always.  I hope your week is going well...

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hi Diane B.,   Thanks for your appreciative and kind remark about this post and also for stopping by to read it....

I agree with you about positivity spreading to all areas of our lives....it's so very important to make it a habit and to see and be thankful for everything that is around us..so many little things that are easy to take for granted.

One of my favourite quotes is by G.K. Chesterton "The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago
where have you been? You have been missed!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 12 years ago

Hi Jo,
I'm back.    I reread this post and was touched to  my very core by the  beauty and sincerity of your post.  Brilliance is a word I seldom hear or use but it is the perfect word to describe what you felt and saw in the people and the beauty that you encountered.

Congratulations to your Mom!  What a courageous and smart decision she has made and I will keep her in my thoughts.  

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 12 years ago
Jo, Your brilliant writing is quite captivating! Your smile is found throughout each sentence. Your great thinking and articulation is always a masterpiece! Yep, a definite best seller! Given any thought to writing a book?
Posted by Diane Velikis, Luzerne County Real Estate (Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Hi Brian,  I'm very touched by your kind observations and thoughts...thank you so much.

I truly do feel that so much beauty and grace comes to me from the people that I meet and know on a daily basis; from my family members, from my peers, from my friends and acquaintances, from everyone I seem to know....I see such beauty in everyone and every thing around me.  When I don't see it, or when I see destruction or disrespect, it  brings me down so much. 

The engineer in you is coming out when you make that observation about the totality of AR being greater than the sum of it's parts...it's quite amazing, isn't it? The synergism of it all..... 

How very fortunate we are to be a part of this group in this time and this place...and to know all of the special people that we do, like myself knowing you. I enjoy having you in my life so much....

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Stephen,  Nice to see you ! Everytime I see a comment by you now, I think of the picture of you and your little guy...so beautiful.

Thanks so much for your words of kindness and appreciation...I always look forward to hearing from you and respect every thing you say so very much. 

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Kathy,  Thank you so much for your kindness and appreciation.
I hope one day you do make it down to Belleville....it's so nice to have an Active Rain friend just down the road from me. I'm thankful for you and look forward to one day meeting you.....

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Good morning Grace and Jeff,

I'm so glad you've received the little book and that Jeff is enjoying it's wisdom. I'm thankful for you and Jeff, Grace,  thankful that Jeff posted your Mom's angel story on Carole's blog one day and that I recognized the angel that had contacted you because he had also helped me one time in my life....saved my life actually, as you know. 
We share a special bond and I always think fondly of you both as I picture you going about your day to day real estate work.....

thanks for your kind comment and thoughts...

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

OK, Miss Jo, this one's great!

Bill

Posted by BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach (Bill Cherry, Realtor) over 12 years ago

Hi Barbara-Jo,

Thanks !
I've been busy with work and contemplation of life and the earth and so many things....I must get over and visit your blog today.
How was Bill's trip to Europe?

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago
Jo - You are truly one of the most gifted writers here. I missed you! This post is brilliant! Thanks so much. I'm tickled to hear you sounding so upbeat.
Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) over 12 years ago
You are surrounded by brilliance because you are brilliant! I love to read anything you write.
Posted by Dawn DeGroff (Fredericksburg Realty, Inc) over 12 years ago

Cynthia,
I've thought quite often about the meaning behind the word 'brilliance' and it's association to 'light' over the last couple of days and have come to realize that we are immersed in it at all times.

We rarely notice it due to the fact that it is all around us.
At any one moment we could stop and take notice of the brilliance that surrounds us....perhaps count at least 11 things, most likely many more.

From where I sit right now while typing this, I can see deep, burnished reds of the Japanese Maple leaves outside my window, a trembling pale gold Sugar Maple leaf dancing lightly in the breeze, and therefore I can also see the breeze, the cloud formations, the subtle blue of the sky and the thought that it is  endless, the bright red petals of the geranium flowers on my window sill, I could go on and on.....all brilliant; all so often taken for granted. It's all around us, genius, brightness, exceptional beauty and form, and yet how often do we not notice it?

You are so right, it is a word we seldom hear, and yet we are immersed in it daily. 

Thank you for stopping by again and for your lovely comment and also for your kind wishes for my Mom.

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Jo 

 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hi Diane V. !  thank you for your kind words and thoughts......and also for visiting this post   ((-:

after you have your travel license and have planned a few trips to some wonderful out of the way places, I'll book one or two with you. You'd be a wonderful travel guide with your inspirational and positive outlook...not to mention your fine sense of humour.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hello Billy Cherry,

thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I welcome and respect your thoughts and words so much, as you know.

I'll definitely give thought to your contest idea and see if I have it in me to spearhead another contest this coming month.
I've also been thinking of one for the Heritage Properties, Historic Sites and Antiques group..so it looks like it could end up being a VERY BUSY month...good thing I have you to help me out with your wonderful judging skills and the gifts of your beautifully written and heart moving book..   (((-:

your friend in the north,

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Ahh, Tom P...thanks so kindly for being a constant friend and shoulder for me.

You're magnificent and extremely brilliant ........and the help you're providing to the fire victims is exemplary. I'm thankful to know you....

Did the fire extend to the nature reserve that you wrote about last week? I've been wondering about this so much the past few days... 

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Hello Dawn !

It's so nice to see you...I've missed you.
I've only seen one post from you since your Dad's birthday...I hope everything is ok in your world.

thanks for your kind thoughts and words, as always

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago
This was a thoughtful and beautifully written inspirational post.  Truly a joy to read.  Thank you.
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Jo-Anne, I did not take the time to read remarks made by others first......  i just wanted to pen mine while they were fresh and avert any watering from influences of your other responders. 

Now, this was brilliantly written.  Each time a person reads a post of yours they must experience being swept away!  As we hold on to every word... we are spellbound... looking, awaiting in expectation... to what lies around the bend upheld in the next sentence.  A Great tribute to Active Rain through the eyes of a Great Woman at Active Rain.

I came here initially to thank you for the support and prayers you gave through the comments you made on the "Pray for California" post.  Thank you for wishing us well, standing with us in prayer, and caring.  I did several updates on the post, and my son is out of danger.  A prayer was said for you on the post in my appreciation.  Thanks again Jo-Anne. 

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) over 12 years ago
Jo - To the best of my knowlege the Santa Rosa Plateau has been spared. Fires are still burning, so we're still praying.
Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) over 12 years ago

JO,

What more can be said? You can exude light directly from one of your posts! I am so glad to see this "type" of post again from you. And congrats to your mom. I know how difficult that must have been for her to do. Have missed your "wisdom", that always make me rethink my own thoughts:)

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) over 12 years ago

Hi Lola,

Thank you so much for visiting this post ....I'm truly honoured by your comment and I appreciate it greatly.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Diane R., You're so kind and you always leave such wonderful and inspiring remarks whenever you visit one of my posts....thank you so much for your supportive words and enthusiasm.

Thank you for including me in the beautiful prayer you said. I read it and it was a true blessing to be a part of it and your post. I'm so glad your son is doing well and is out of danger.

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Tom, thank you for letting me know about the Santa Rosa Plateau and I'm so relieved to hear it's been spared.

Hopefully the rain will come now and along with the work the firefighters are doing, the remaining fires will be soon be out.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Karen, It's so good to see you !
I've missed you and it's been awhile since we've shared an email. Thanks for your continuous support and kindness...I appreciate your words and thoughts more than you might ever realize.

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

Breathtaking beauty there where you live and now a breathtaking post.  "Surrounded by Brilliance"...I love it.

By the way, thanks for commenting on When You Are Clear About What You Want, You Will Start to Attract It to You

Posted by Dan Forbes over 12 years ago

Thanks Dan
....and I look forward to any book you write on snippets of wisdom for navigating through life....you have a real following here on AR and are admired and respected greatly.

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago
Jo, I was wondering where you had been and all of a sudden your blog is overflowing with posts!  Welcome back.  You have given me plenty to read and think about again!
Posted by Joanne Hanson, Summit County, Colorado Realtor (Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Hi Joanne,  I was thinking the same thing about you not too long ago...   ((-:

I haven't been getting around to do too much commenting lately as I've been quite busy, however I've been watching for posts from you. I'll be over shortly to see what you're up to on your blog...

I tend to get into writing modes and then it seems I have a lot of things to write about. Then along comes another block and I have to work at removing it...

thanks so kindly for your nice comment,

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago

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