Welcome, new readers, and all, to my blog. I have been blogging since April of 2009, daily since late March of 2011.
Today, I decided to take inspiration from a parade held in Pasadena, California each New Years Day- the Tournament of Roses parade, and see how I could apply the lessons of a parade to my daily life. I've chosen the word "Determination" as my word of the year.
What is special about this parade? After all, many parades have floats and marching bands. But this particular parade has a special rule: all floats must be covered in organic material - flowers, seeds, bark, and like material.
And what stories you can tell with these materials. Stories of determination.
a float honoring a 13 year old ballerina battling leukemia.
She says "Cancer has taken a lot from me...I won't let it take ballet."
honored organ donor recipients - all of the riders are alive today because of organ or tissue donors. They are too small to see, but there are also portraits, made of flowers, of those who who donated organs after they died. I know two people who passed away because they needed an organ donation - one, a heart, one, a liver - and couldn't get them.
The Florida Panther - the most endangered mammal in the Eastern United States.
a "symbol of strength and determination".
Each one of these floats takes months to decide and build. But the organic materials must be applied at the very last minute - the last week (12-27 through 12-31) before the parade. The work is done by both professionals and volunteers, who labor day and night, applying sometimes tiny materials (anything from lentils to onion seed to ground cinnamon), and covering themselves in glue. Some flowers must be placed, individually, into vials of water.
After the parade, there is a time for public viewing. After that, the floats are stripped, and materials that can be recycled are - a messy job.
How can I not be inspired by these examples of determination? The work I put into my blog and my life pale in comparison.
What are you inspired by the most? What do you use to fuel your determination?
Today is day 1 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the Ultra Blog Challenge.