Thank You For The Gift

I was at the pool with my son 2 days ago when I checked my email on my iPhone. I received multiple emails on the same post I had a  few weeks ago. I got concerned at first. I thought either there was something wrong with my vision after swimming under the mid-day Sun or there was something wrong with my account. Only when I started reading each one did I realize that they came from different people. I felt butterflies in my tummy. It could only mean one thing if I’m getting that much responses within a 3 hour period.

As soon as I got home, I turned on my computer. Like a child opening his Birthday present , I was so thrilled and happy to see my post for the first time at Freshly Pressed. My heart was bounding with joy.

Then I opened my dashboard section and read the comments. I can’t believe the outpouring of  inspiring responses. It’s like getting those Christmas cards that bring good tidings and warm thoughts of best wishes.

Today, I wish to thank each one of you for taking the time to visit my blog, read my post, opting to choose the ” Like” feature and making heartfelt comments.

I may not be able to thank each one of you on time thus I made this post just for you. I would like to share and celebrate this honor with all of you. Blogging is not just about a personal manifestation of one’s dream to make a difference. More importantly, it’s  about a community that supports and encourages each other to believe in themselves and with the World around them.

I am grateful with the people behind Freshly Pressed for noticing my work. You guys inspired me more to bring out the best in everything. Thank you for letting me experience what it’s like to be a part of the World Press family. It’s one of those jubilant feelings  that no words can describe . You made me feel like a winner and that’s totally cool!

Once again, thank you for being a part of my journey. May you continue to open doors for others and create a spark that brings out the best in people. I’m honored to have known all of you through your Blogs, through your comments and replies. I may not know you personally but most of you poured out you inner thoughts  and feelings that I don’t often see in the physical everyday existence. Stay passionate of what you do. Stay blessed with the gift of words and images.

We do not have to walk alone anymore...

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About Island Traveler

A father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, a traveler, an optimist hoping to create something good & meaningful to every person he shares his world, his home, his dreams, his hope & heart with.
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29 Responses to Thank You For The Gift

  1. cocomino says:

    Great post.That’s true.Writing blog helps us to encourage each other and to improve to express our daily emotion.I’ll keep following you up,

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    • Thank you. We are here because of a greater purpose. Have a great day. I’ll be following your blog as well. It gives me a an enjoyable glimpse of life in your side of the World.

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  2. Jenny says:

    Congratulations! I want to know which post it was? Since I am a new subscriber I haven’t read all of your posts and am slowly working on it.

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    • Thank you. It was about the Gators. My son and I went there for father’s day. I love your latest post. All of those activities me and my son are dreaming to do. We did a saltwater fishing last Tuesday at Galveston’s Pier 61. Being my first time, it was hilarious at first but the experience was so much fun. My son wants to go again tomorrow. He wants me to catch a sharp. I told him, ” for real?” Well, who knows. Thanks for the visit. Wish you and your family the best.

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  3. misswhiplash says:

    Congratulations my friend. I do not look at Freshly Pressed anymore as it is so depressing knowing that I can never achieve such heights. At one time I thought that it was possible but now I content myself with just writing for my own benefit.
    I am so pleased for you , it is a great honour to be recognised as you have.

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    • Thank you. I was happy to be on it but the best gifts I had I already have in my blog- you guys!
      I think what matters is we enjoy in what we do, that we genuinely care about each others growth, that we support and encourage each other to best that we could ever be. I share this honor with you my friend. It’s lonely to walk alone…

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  4. barb19 says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved recognition! That post you wrote about you taking your son to see the Gators on Father’s Day was well written and informative, and the accompanying photos were excellent as always.
    Keep on doing what you do, I love hearing about your outings with your son.

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  5. hawleywood40 says:

    Congrats on the well-deserved honor – I loved that post!

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  6. eof737 says:

    CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING FRESHLY PRESSED!!!! I’ve been away on a yoga retreat and finally got back Thursday night to loads of emails…. I had no way of knowing abut your great good news as I pre-scheduled my posts. I am very happy for you.
    You are one of the nicest, generous bloggers I know and I hope you didn’t think I ignored this great good news… WoW! Now give us a link to the post so we can go back and commend you on the post.
    Kudos and best wishes. 🙂 8) 🙂

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    • Thank you. I kind of have an idea that you were on a retreat but we miss the communication with you on the comment section. It’s already been an a part of my day or week to read your inspiring words. i hope you had a great time on the retreat. That must have been a one , amazing , calming, refreshing event. Yes, I got freshly pressed a few days ago. It as an exciting moment for me . i met new blogging buddies as well . But I was just as happy and quite contented with my old friends who were with me for the past few moments, irregardless of being featured or not. Those are the ones that are hard to come by so I cherish you guys in the Blog world kind of way. God bless you and your family. now that your back, let the fireworks begin. Time for inspiring us all.

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  7. Patti Kuche says:

    Congratulations on Freshly Pressed! I am excited enough for you and that is from the simple pleasure of your lovely thoughts and amazing photos. With that little boy by your side, neither of you will ever be alone. Thank you so much for letting us into your life. Now I need to go and read THE post!

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    • Thank you. That was one beautiful comment. Yep, love my little boy. he has his crazy moments but he’s a sweet kid as I think of any child in this world. We are better persons because of them . wishing and your family all the happiness in life. The honor I share with all of you who had been a part of this Blog.

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  8. thirdeyemom says:

    Congratulations!!!! I normally try to check the FP and must not have on the day your post was featured. That is so awesome! It does make your stomach drop when it happens. That what happened to me when I saw the 100 emails in my inbox. It makes everything seem worthwhile that you are not alone and there actually are people out there reading your stuff and hopefully feeling inspired by it. Congrats again! I enjoy all your posts so keep up the great work!

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    • Thank you. I was amazed by it all but in all honesty I felt that I already had friends in the Blog world like you. I believe you were one of the first visitors that I had and I never forget. May be when I’m gray and old . It was a great way to meet new friends though and discovery people and places I may otherwise not see if not for being featured. It was totally cool!

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  9. jhirzel88 says:

    I am impressed at this, but at the same time I’m not surprised. You probably wouldn’t have found me if you haven’t took the time to appreciate the things that others blog about. Some people wouldn’t care as much, but since that blog entry is now featured, they have a reason to care because your blogs are so well-described. You earned that. There’s nothing missing from your blogs. You go through each blog with good intentions.

    Still, I wonder how WordPress found found that entry out of thousands of others? Are you some sort of a paid-partner or something? I don’t know what to call that, and I got no idea if people even get paid for blogging. Do you even enjoy blogging as much whether or not you are paid for it?

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    • ha, ha, ha. No my friend. I work in the nursing emergency dept., each buck is a product of hard earned sweat and stress sometimes. the best reward I get is simply the honor and appreciation from other writers like you. One day, they’ll find you to.

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  10. thedailydish says:

    CONGRATS, IT!! I loved that post too and am so glad you got the recognition you so deserve.

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    • Thank you. It was a great experience as a blogger. But as I went back on the comments, almost half of them I already received the most heartfelt recognition from you guys. It felt more like a bonus on top of a beautiful year. Best wishes to you and your family. Can’t believe Summer is over in a few more weeks.

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  11. I love that “In the Company of Alligators” was freshly pressed! That was the first post I read on your site! Because of that post I became a follower :). Congratulations! You deserve it and I am glad that others can benefit from your words of encouragement, community, and overall goodness.

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    • Thank you. What I learned from all of these is that sharing and paying forward goes along way. It’s like a chain reaction of good deeds but only words. I met a lot of writers who inspired me in a lot of ways, now I’m trying to do the same. I’m glad you like the post. I thought it was a cool experience every kid should have at least even once. Best wishes to you and your family. Have a fun Summer.

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  12. congratulations , you do indeed deserve it. awesome !, encouraging me . i ‘ll get to your blogging heights one day .

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    • Thanks my friend. What’s important is you enjoy what you do. Honestly , I got so hooked with blogging. I never thought that I love writing until I discovered WordPress. When the passion is there, the words will flow. Looking forward to read your post.

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  13. aRVee says:

    Wow The Island Traveler (sorry don’t know how to call you other than your blog name), way to go! Congratulations for making it to Freshly Pressed (FP). On reading your posts, I was really wondering if one of your blogs went to FP already because I sensed that any one of them will, so glad to know that I was right, you made it, how cool is that…

    I wasn’t really surprised, though, because I know that it’s coming considering how much you value each of your readers/followers, so you deserve it my friend.

    Keep blogging and again, congratulations…

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    • Thank you for the wonderful comment. It was an exciting day for me when I saw my post on freshly pressed but honestly, I feel more happy and fulfilled from the consistent support that my blog friends have given me since I started. These are the people that walked with me, shared their thoughts, gave inspiring words, motivated me to be better. I try my best to do the same for them as well as to those I newly meet through word press. It’s my way to thank each one of them for spending their time reading my posts and sharing their valuable comments. Just reading this comment from you, I already feel like a winner. I truly appreciate your comments. Wishing you and your family the best in life.

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      • aRVee says:

        Your welcome and thank you too for taking your time to drop by my side and air your thoughts, I appreciate that, as always…

        I am wishing you and your family the best in life too… Have a great evening!

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      • I believe that we need to find time for those who took their time as well to get to know our Blog. Thoughtfulness is a beautiful thing and we need to spread it around. It is my pleasure to read your post and to write comments. Some of the most inspiring words I had in the past came from the comments from others. Take care .

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  14. Wow! Im so happy for you… Keep up the good work. Thankz for this inspiring article.

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    • Your welcome and thank you as well. The best reward was the opportunity to experience the event itself and to be able to reminisce them again and again in the years to come. The Freshly pressed part was more of a bonus of a already awesome experience for me and my son. Thank you for sharing your thoughts today. stay blessed.

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