I am pleased, honored, and humbled to accept the Word Press “Phoenix Award” and to join the previous admirable recipients since its recent creation and inception.
I further wish to give a special salute to Audrey from idealizeblog who created the Phoenix Award. Thank you, Audrey, for this innovative and thoughtful idea. I believe this award recognizes those contributions from people who’ve achieved strength through regeneration and who strive to build others up and help them achieve the same.
Another very special thank you goes out to Payal from Writings By PayalTyagi. Payal is the person who honored me with this award. I thank you, Payal. Your in depth reflection of my post Beloved Solitude brought me back a few months during this past winter when my online writing journey began. I was touched to read your take on that post, not only because of your immense sensitivity to women’s issues, but because it was lovely to be seen on a deeper level than just creative writing.
“Beloved Solitude” is a 500 word essay which talks about a rare afternoon I had to leave work early, come home, enjoy the solitude and just write. It was one of the last warm days of winter here and I had no idea what to do with the sudden free time I found myself in….so I sat down to write. It was a peaceful, joyful moment, one of the few I’ve had from this past year of PTSD recovery.
I can never repay the meaningful kindnesses I receive on a daily basis here in this community, but I will always endeavor to try. 🙂 There are so many “Phoenixes” here whom I feel lucky to call friends, who bring out the honesty in me, and whom I always rely on for their counsel (especially when dealing with challenging issues!).
The time has come to pay it forward…
So, without further adieu, please join me in a round of smiles and appreciation for:
The poem Threat written by Callum inspired me to nominate him for the Phoenix Award because it prompted our very first ever conversation. And during this brief conversation, there was no small talk, nor the usual, “Hi, how are you?” “Nice to meet ya!“ etc, etc.
The way I remember it, with no preamble whatsoever, I sort of ostentatiously demanded an explanation of this poem! Haha! 🙃
When Callum told me the meaning behind the poem, I was like, whoa! It was right then and there that knew I was dealing with a young man who greatly values social consciousness and truly cares about the plight of the marginalized communities among us.
I don’t know much about Callum’s personal background, as his blog is a combination of understanding society, his own published books and works, and a steady supply of art and literature. But here’s what I’ve learned about him as a person: He’s consistent, avid, and loyal as a friend. And, he is a wonderful advocate for the true Phoenixes who live among us, those who truly do rise from the ashes to be reborn and thrive.
As such an advocate, I believe he deserves this award. Thank you, Callum for all of your hard work and for all your awareness and caring.
The Phoenix Award
“In Greek mythology, the phoenix was a long–lived bird that cyclically regenerated or was reborn. Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.” ~Wikipedia
Recipients of this award personify the Phoenix because they seemingly arise from ashes to thrive in strength, love, and setting a positive example of personal growth and rebirth for others.
The Rules of Nomination (Paying It Forward)
- Nominate one recipient only, so as to preserve its authenticity and to keep it alive and thriving.
- Present the nominee with the award by notifying them.
- Provide a link, an and excerpt of the blog that inspired your nomination, and a brief explanation of why you chose that post.
- 5 random questions may be asked to the recipient.
- Remember to appreciate the blogger who nominated you.
- Display your award for all to see and be proud to call yourself a Phoenix.
- Mention the creator of the award and please don’t let the chain die out.