I was feeling a little uncomfortable about the post I had planned for today. I couldn’t quite figure out how to move into Monday after Friday.
I emailed the sponsor, Blue Q, asking for ideas and direction; to ask Sara how she, her family and her coworkers are doing. We had a lovely, loving exchange — me and this woman whose voice and face I do not know but who I’ve ‘talked’ with many times. She is struggling as you and I are and as we typed and hit send a few times from across the country, I felt tearful in an achingly good way. There is so much connection and hope and compassion spinning around the world right now. I can FEEL it. Can you?
It is uncomfortable: that space where honoring and grieving meets moving on into life. In writing back and forth with Sara I realized they coexist. I felt the fusion of sadness and joy when I sat next to Andy for Margot’s school birthday circle this morning. I felt it when I saw Ruby’s tiny snowy footprints on the steps.
So here we are, a devastated nation. And here we walk, together, shining light.
I am proud to work with businesses like Blue Q. I am proud to welcome them back as a sponsor of this space.
Sara from Blue Q wrote:
We love to make people laugh, that I know. There is sadness and pain and grief in the world every day. Our job here is to encourage everyone to enjoy what’s good in this world.
And, this is so true. This family-run company contributes so much humor and happiness to our world. The simples sweetness of gum, the awesome power of a good joke. And what if you combine gum and a joke?! They are so fun — the company, their products and their respectable business standards. It all feels good. Fun. Blue Q is one of those companies that the more you dig, the more you want to support them. They give back, they care, they make amazing stuff and exude positivity.
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And, because Blue Q is amazingly generous and sent me an awesome pile of loot that I will stick in stockings (and keep a few for myself…) I want to share some with you! Leave a comment for a chance to win* this rad selection. Maybe I’ll even throw some of my plum jam in there. Yes.
Ending with a photo of that has nothing to do with Blue Q (but totally reminds me of them) and the words of Blue Q. This is what they wrote to their customers this morning:
Ever have one of those days where you know you want to say something…but you just can’t? You know you want to lighten the load, get a smile cracked, do a little tickle and get a laugh… But it’s hard today.
I just want to spread love. Spread a virtual hug. The time is coming that we wait all year for. So let’s give. Give of ourselves and let it all in.
Whatever you do.
Whoever you are.
I bet you can touch someone’s heart right now. Give it a shot. xxoo
Hey, how about for you comment to win the giveaway, tell us what you did to touch someone’s heart?
Thanks, Blue Q.
Comments closed. Winner:
*TERMS: Winner randomly selected on the morning of Friday, December 21 and announced HERE in this very post, at the bottom. Winners will also be emailed. If the winner doesn’t claim their prize within two weeks, I’ll randomly select another.