It was one year ago today that I launched The Positive Pear and I’m happy that I did. I remember being excited about the opportunity to offer my knowledge and experience in the form of a blog, to help fellow sufferers who also lived with Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyaglia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After all, I’d worked with healthy people in the Health, Wellness & Fitness Industries for many years, so helping people in this manner had always been easy. I naturally assumed that my online experience would be similar and the information that I provided would be welcomed as it had been with my clients. However this was not always the case. Though there were many who appreciated my efforts and expressed their gratitude for the information that I provided, there were a few, who forced me to question at times if I’d made the right decision. Surprisingly these individuals we’re not the people who were searching for the information that I was providing, instead this small group consisted of people who had established themselves as “leaders” in this community of ailing people. Working hard at making this effort as challenging for me as possible, by resorting to harassing, bullying and competitive types of behavior which surprisingly still exists on a small-scale. When the negativity continued to trickle in I began to rethink whether or not it it made sense to return to solely focusing on my Health, Wellness & Fitness clients. However the emails, comments and private messages began to pour in from many fellow sufferers explaining how the information that I provided through this blog helped them in some way, changed their lives or made them happy that they weren’t alone in taking a natural approach to managing their disease or conditions and I knew at that point that if I persevered that eventually the good would far outweigh the bad and you know what? It has, as it would because I didn’t quit. I was around to enjoy the rewards.
I’ve never spoken publicly at any point during any negative experiences. Though I have channeled some of that negativity through positive posts and encouragement for others, so why speak of it now? It’s all apart of completely letting go, and continuing to move forward as I end this year and close this chapter. It helps to understand that “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh~ Having a forgiving heart is without question incredibly powerful and a necessary tool in life, because we are all imperfect beings who frequently make mistakes. As much as I’m a realist, I am resilient and an eternal optimist, so I’ve spent my share of time in the kitchen making lemonade out life’s proverbial lemons. Overcoming adversity is simply apart of life as “Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.” ~Myla Kabat-Zinn~ & Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. ~Napoleon Hill~ A year later if there was one word that I could use to describe what I’ve gained from all of my experiences, I would have to go with “gratitude” and not just the feeling of gratefulness that one tends to feel around Thanksgiving, but truly operating from a place of gratitude in every thought and deed. I am grateful for all of my experiences in life, both good and bad, and I’m grateful that I’ve chosen to focus on the good in my life. Truly appreciating what has worked, rather than what hasn’t and rather than focus on anything which might be lacking in my life, I choose to focus on how I’ve been blessed with an abundance, a home, food, clothing, the ability to care for myself naturally & holistically and to have a platform to share this with others who are receptive. I’m grateful for great friends including many beautiful, peaceful people who have been in my life for many years and others whom I’ve met since launching The Positive Pear. My beautiful family and an incredible support system and this gratitude is reflected throughout the many posts on this blog. I hope that my example has and will continue to inspire others to keep moving forward with strength, dignity and of course gratitude, in spite of whatever might come their way. (“Be Positive & Surround Yourself with Positive People“) The purpose of this blog has been to educate people, while empowering them to take a holistic approach to managing their health, instead of relying solely on doctors and medication. Each post has been apart of The Positive Pear’s “whole body” approach to a healthy lifestyle, which is divided into four major categories: Positive Mental Attitude, Healthy Nutrition: with an emphasis on “Healing Foods,” Exercise & Symptom Management: through Alternative Therapies & Natural Supplements. It’s exciting to know that the goals I set forth when launching this blog have been achieved and I know this by the positive feedback from many who use this blog as a resource and by their continued support.
Thank you for your continued support: It’s Sunday November 11, 2012 and this blog has several hundred followers along with over 1500 Facebook Fans, 800 Twitter followers and hundreds of other friends in other areas of the web. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support over the past year and for your continued support moving forward. I’d like to especially thank you for every like, comment, re-tweet, mention, +K, Google+, shared post, email referral and the many award nominations. Though it’s been my goal to encourage you through knowledge and positive messages your support has both encouraged and motivated me and I’m eternally grateful and appreciative. Thank you! Here’s to another year of The Positive Pear with great additions and exciting changes moving forward.