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SEASON’S GREETINGS! ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, DAILY WISDOM WORDS, LLC/ BYE, 2020

SEASON’S GREETINGS!     ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, DAILY WISDOM WORDS, LLC/ BYE, 2020

THE TIME IS HERE, MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.  WE ARE SPENDING THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF 2020 AS I WRITE THIS.  WHAT A YEAR, LET’S FACE IT.  WE HAVE DONE OUR BEST TO ADAPT OUR WRITING TO THE CURRENT EVENTS.  COVID-19 IS MY FIRST THOUGHT THINKING BACK ON 2020.  WE WATCHED A VIRUS TURN INTO A PANDEMIC.  WE WATCHED OUR LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS SUFFER WITH ILLNESS FROM COVID AND POSSIBLY PASS ON.  THE NUMBER ONE WORD I WILL REMEMBER ABOUT 2020, IS FEAR.

HONESTLY, FEAR SEEMED TO BE A HUGE FACTOR IN MY DECISIONS AS THE FOUNDER OF DAILY WISDOM WORDS.  THERE ARE MOMENTS FROZEN IN TIME FOR ME.  THERE WAS SUCH RESILIENCE AMONG MANY, AND SADLY MORE DIVISION BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND POLITICS IN THE USA.  WE DEALT WITH HUGE CONSPIRACY THEORIES, AND PEOPLE SADLY TRIED TO ACT UPON THEM AS FACT.  SOME OF US WHO READ THIS STILL BELIEVE SOME OF THESE THEORIES, AND HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO THEIR OPINION.  HOWEVER, TO ACT UPON IT AND CAUSE HARM AND DISRUPTION FOR OTHERS WHO ARE ASSUMED TO HOLD RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONSPIRACY ITSELF, IS WRONG.

WE WATCHED WHAT I REFER TO AS A “CIVIL WAR” BETWEEN TWO COLORS;  THE RED AND BLUE.  SPEAKING OF COLORS, WE WERE WARNED ABOUT A FUTURE PANDEMIC MANY YEARS AGO.  WE NEVER TOOK IT SERIOUSLY UNTIL WE ACTUALLY WERE UNDER ITS CAPTIVITY AND STATES WERE DESIGNATED WITH COLORS RATING THEIR LEVELS OF COVID CASES.  ANGER, SADNESS, HAPPINESS, LOSS, DESPERATION, FRUSTRATION, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, ARE JUST A FEW WORDS COMING TO ME WHEN I THINK OF 2020. 

MY LITTLE SISTER WAS MARRIED THE FIRST OF MAY 2019 TO HER SOULMATE.    I WAS IN HER WEDDING, AND HAD HONOR OF WITNESSING THE BEAUTY SHE EXPERIENCED TOUCH MY SOUL WHEN I SAW JUST HOW MUCH SHE LOVED HER HUSBAND AND HIS LOVE FOR HER SO ETERNAL.  I CALL THIS YEAR, “SEASON OF DARKNESS” WITH GLIMPSES OF LIGHT HERE AND THERE.  THIS PANDEMIC BROUGHT OUT THE BEST IN SOME INDIVIDUALS WHO HELPED OTHERS BY GIVING OUT FOOD TO THE NEEDY.  AMERICANS LOST THEIR JOBS ONE BY ONE.  I MUST SAY, I STAYED HOME MOST OF 2020.  I WORKED ON BOOK REVIEWS FOR DAILY WISDOM WORDS,  I DID A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING BECAUSE THE TIME WAS AVAILABLE TO DO SO.  I BELIEVE FOR ME, A SOLID BLANKET OF DARKNESS CAME TO MY WORLD WHEN MY SISTER WENT FROM HEALTHY TO DEAD IN THE SPAN OF ONE YEAR DUE TO HEAD AND NECK CANCER. 

I WILL NEVER, EVER BE ABLE TO FORGET THE NAME OF HER CANCER, SQUAMISH CELL CARCINOMA.  I WILL NEVER FORGET HER TAKING HER LAST BREATH AND HER BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES DROP FROM THE BEAUTY OF LIFE AND ANGUISH OF PAIN REP;;ACED WITH PEACE.  THIS WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART FOR MYSELF IN 2020.  CURRENT EVENTS WERE DAILY AND I FOUND IT SAD THE NEWS WAS FREQUENTLY MENTIONING THE LOSS OF SOMEONE, SOMEBODY OR A LOVED ONE.  WE GAVE THANKS FOR THEIR LIFE NOW TAKEN FROM THEM UNEXPECTEDLY WITH CORONAVIRUS. 

FRIENDSHIPS SEEMED TO COME AND GO.  SADLY, SOME OF THEM ARE GREATLY MISSED.  HOWEVER, I FINALLY FOUND MY TRUE “BEST FRIEND” ON TWITTER WHO JOINED DAILY WISDOM WORDS AS A MEMBER.  REENIE, I LOVE YOU FOREVER, AND KNOW YOU CAME AS A HUGE BLESSING TO ME.  THE DEEPEST PART OF ME IS ALWAYS TOUCHED BY YOU, AND YOU ARE A BEST FRIEND I LOVE AND HONOR AND AM SO THANKFUL FOR.  YOU ARE SPECIAL, AND SUCH AN INSPIRATION IN EVERY WAY WITH YOUR ARTISTIC TALENT AND INTERNAL KINDNESS AND HUGE HEART.

I NEVER GOT TO SAY GOODBYE TO MY LITTLE SISTER.  THERE WASN’T A FUNERAL AND I CAME BACK FROM CALIFORNIA, WITH HER NO LONGER A PART OF THIS WORLD.  I MUST SAY A VERY VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU AND EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO MY DAILY WIDSOM WORDS WRITERS.  MONDAY, AKA @mondaydpoet WAS THE BLESSING IN A VERY DARK TIME.  MY TEAM RALLIED TOGETHER AND MONDAY USED THE MUSIC PROMPT AS A TOOL SO I GOT TO SAY GOODBYE. HE ASKED ALL MEMBERS AND WRITERS ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK COME TOGETHER IN MY SISTER’S HONOR .

THOSE WHO WISHED TO FROM THE WRITING COMMUNITY, GIVE CONDOLENCES OR WR)TE A POEM ABOUT MY SISTER.  HE WILL NEVER REALIZE THE GIFT HE GAVE AND MY DAILYWISDOMWORDS.COM TEAM HELPED AND POSTED SUCH COMFORTING, PERSONAL MESSAGES.  I FINALLY FELT BECAUSE OF MONDAY AND ALL HE DID THAT WEEKEND, POSTING PICTURES OF HER, AND PLAYING SONG AFTER SONG SHE EITHER RECORDED OR WROTE, GAVE ME MORE THAT WEEKEND IN THE FORM OF CLOSURE I SO DESPERATELY NEEDED. 

TEARS FLOOD MY EYES TODAY BECAUSE OF MY TEAM AND THE BRIGHT SPOT, AGAIN, MONDAY’S IDEA, RECORDING MESSAGES AND CREATING A VIDEO ON OUR WEBSITE DEDICATING ONE DAY OF THE MUSIC PROMPT IN HONOR OF MY BIRTHDAY.  THIS TIME HE GAVE ME LIGHT.  TWO HUGE GIFTS FROM MY TEAM AT DAILY WISDOM WORDS WHO ALL PARTICIPATED IN MAKING THE VIDEO AND ME SURPRISED LISTENING TO THEM,  KNOWING THE MESSAGES I RECEIVED CAME FROM A PLACE OF LOVE.  THANK YOU TEAM FROM MY HEART TO YOURS.  WE HAD I BELIEVE FIVE DIFFERENT POETRY CONTESTS, AND EACH WINNER WAS AMAZING AS A WRITER AND PERSON.  A SPECIAL THANK YOU IS OWED TO SHIRLEY SATTERFIELD WHO CREATED THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR DAILY WISDOM WORDS, INTERVIEWING WINNERS AND AUTHORS, ALL YEAR ROUND.  NEEL TRIVEDI, A MAN WITH A HUGE HEART BECAME THE OFFICIAL CEO AND CFO OF DAILY WISDOM WORDS.  HE TOOK THE REINS AND DOES SUCH AN AWESOME JOB! THANK YOU NEEL. 

THIS LAST PART IS DONATED TO YOU OUT THERE, OUR READERS OF NEELS WISDOMOLOGY PAGE, AND MY DAILY WISDOM WORD OF THE DAY AND SHIRLEY’S WISE POETS AND AUTHORS OF PRESENT AND PAST.  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. 

WE WISH TO ALSO EXTEND A HUGE THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SIGNED UP AS MEMBERS OF DAILY WISDOM WORDS.  YOU HONOR OUR CORE VALUES.  WE WERE ABLE TO STILL DONATE A PORTION OF ANY POETRY CONTEST MONEY OR SOME DONATIONS TO THOSE WHO GAVE FINANCIALLY DURING A HARD TIME TO GIVE.  WE LOVE ALL OF YOU, THE READER, THE NEW MEMBER, THE AUTHORS AND THE BOOKS WE WERE BLESSED TO DO BOOK REVIEWS FOR. 

A BIG SHOUTOUT TO MATTHEW ARNOLD, OUR ACCOUNT MANAGER FOR OUR HOSTING COMPANY!  HE WAS AND IS ALWAYS THERE, DESPITE HOW BUSY HE MAY BE.  ALTHOUGH HE IS JUST 31 YEARS OF AGE, HE IS WHO  I ALLOCATE AS ONE OF THE “WISEMEN” OF 2020 GUIDING US WITH NEW IDEAS AND FLEXIBILITY. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OF YOU, DAILY WISDOM WORDS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, OUR READERS, THEIR COMMENTS, AND A BIGH SHOUT OUT TO THE WRITING COMMUNITY ON TWITTER WHO TOOK PART IN OUR DAILY WRITERS PROMPTS.  HERE IS TO A BRIGHTER 2021! MAY THE LIGHT WE DID NOT SEE THIS YEAR, SHINE BRIGHTLY IN 2021.  IN THE DARKEST HOURS OF THIS PAST YEAR, I HAVE FOUND WHEN IT IS SO VERY DARK AND SAD, THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE MY TEAM AT DAILY WISDOM WORDS, LLC AND OUR MEMBERS WHO MANAGE TO ILLUMINATE THE DAY WITH THEIR OWN LIGHT WHICH SHINES BRIGHTLY.  GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MAY DAILY WISDOM WORDS, LLC BE A VEHICLE TO POSITIVE GROWTH AND CHANGE FOR ALL OF ITS MEMBERS, READERS AND FRIENDS.  VIRTUAL “LOVE” GOES TO ALL OF YOU! 

SAMANTHA LEBOEUF/FOUNDER, DAILYWISDOMWORDS.COM.

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Abuh Monday Eneojo (@mondaydpoet)
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6 months ago

Still searching for the right words to use in describing how I currently feel after reading this…Mom, this year has been truly beautifully awful and I’m glad you were all there and we spent it together in love and many other factors. You have taught me something that I’ll forever hold dear. God bless you and daily Wisdom Words members. Madam Shirley, I see you. You works are undeniably awesome. I admire the fact that you give room for humor everytime. God bless you ma’am. Neel Trivedi, I see you too. You always find time to go through my art… Read more »

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NEEL TRIVEDI (@neelt2001)
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6 months ago

This is a such a deep & beautiful post! May 2021 bring us all peace, wisdom (no pun intended 😀) and blessings to grow by ten-fold!

Shirley Satterfield (@guest_8996)
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6 months ago

May 2021 be a better year for America and the world. I can’t wait to take the vaccine because it is my Christian duty to do so to help protect others. Thank you Samantha for all you do and all the sacrifices you make for the writing community. Some of us give some, but you have given all. May God richly reward you in the coming new year.

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