Once again – my humble gratitude to fellow blogger and new-found friend Ajaytao2010 for nominating me for the above awards. Although I am still too new to blogging to understand much about these award nominations, I am supremely grateful to Ajaytao2010 for acknowledging my attempts at inspiring and touching people through sharing stories of special people whom I’ve had the privilege to meet, offering my favorite quotations to consider or even some published poetry that has touched me at some moment during my life.
I am also grateful for the new visitors it brings to Soul Gatherings, whether from these nominations, someone reblogging one of my posts or another blogger suggesting one of their followers take a look at my site. Another great benefit – it brings me to some absolutely wonderful blogs that are new to me, where I am able to meet people who inspire me to continue reaching out. There are some terrific sites out there, just waiting to be discovered, and given enough time, I hope to become an avid visitor to many of them.
1-Display the award logo on your blog.
2-Link back to the person who nominated you.
3-Answer 7 questions.
4-Nominate (no limit of nominations) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.
5-Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.
In keeping with nomination guidelines, here are my answers to the 7 questions provided to me:
1) If you could create your own planet, what would it look like?
It would have waterfalls, majestic mountains and dramatic valleys, beautiful flowers and towering trees, still lakes and endless oceans, natural rock formations, blue skies and white clouds, riotous colors everywhere (but especially purple and countless shades of green), and animals living peacefully in their habitats, unthreatened.
2) If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?
I’ve already been to the ones I’ve always wanted to visit, so I’ll say Chile or Botswana.
3) Have you ever taken a long-distance train trip?
The longest were only about 4 hours: once in Peru, going to Machu Picchu and the other going through beautiful Alaska. On my bucket list: a train trip across the Canadian Rockies or through South Africa.
4) What is something you would collectively change about humanity?
More tolerance, compassion and understanding of others, recognizing that we all have far more in common than differences. Hopefully, that would bring more cooperation and working together for the needs of the many, rather than the needs of the few. Peace.
5) What is your favorite song?
I can’t answer any of these with only one thing. A few that come to mind: The Prayer (Andrea Bocelli), Ave Maria, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, The Last Song (Elton John), Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel) & Until the Last Moment (Yanni).
6) If you could meet one person who is still alive, who would you choose to meet?
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
7) If you could choose one symbol to represent you, what would that symbol be and why?
A lighthouse standing on gray rock overlooking the ocean, with lots of purple flowers and shrubs around it.
Now, to nominate some of my fellow bloggers:
If you aren’t already familiar with the above bloggers, take a few moments to peruse their sites. To the bloggers: keep up the good work!
My blessings and gratitude to all who have shown me the way…