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Is there any greater joy than finding a true friend?

Is there any greater joy than finding a true friend?

When we do find a kindred spirit with whom we can share our thoughts and our lives—perhaps the burdens or joys of our heart -- how it lifts our spirit.

One new friend who has appeared in my life since I started this adventure of blogging is Gail Brenner, Ph.D, of A Flourishing Life. A couple of days ago Gail honored me and four other bloggers with the Beautiful Blogger Award.

The award comes with two requests. I’m asked to tell you seven things about myself that you may not know, and then pass the Award on to five other bloggers. So here goes.

Seven things you may not know about me

 1. I've been working out at the gym for about eight years and find it a tremendous blessing in my life. I especially enjoy resistance training, which I do three times a week. Doing what I can to build or maintain some physical strength seems to have a positive effect on every other level of my experience.

 2. I love my coffee shop just as much as my gym. I enjoy the coffee -- the only cup I have really during a day. But most of all I enjoy simply relaxing in a warm, comfortable environment where I can read a book and think my thoughts – all the while observing the people around me and loving the people around me.

3. I like going down to the creek at the back of our townhome complex and listening to the sound of running water.

4. I also love the sound of crickets in the evening, the cries of birds, and watching the ravens at our nearby shopping mall.

 5. I’m a walker. Maybe I inherited this from my Dad, who with a friend once walked all around the coast of Cornwall.

 6. I have a son named Durwin, and three grandchildren, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 7. After spending much of my life trying to keep myself from getting drenched by rain in England or frozen by the cold winters in the interior of British Columbia -- I give thanks every day for the sunshine in Colorado.

 And now I have the honor of presenting the Beautiful Blogger Award to the following bloggers, each of whom inspires me so much.


 1. Lori Franklin of Jane Be Nimble. “Striving for an agile body and mind.” I have not met a kinder, more determined, more generous-hearted soul.

   2. Keith Smith of Straight Up Living. “Life is now … don’t wait.” I love Keith’s compassion and strength. They belong together, don’t they?

  3. Patti Foy of Lightspirited Being. “Shine even brighter.” You’ll love Patti the moment you see her wise, smiling face on her site.

  4. Joe Wilner of Shake Off The Grind. “Advice for thriving, not just surviving.” Joe is totally dedicated to helping people stay strong and confident and motivated in these difficult times.

  5. Bill Gerlach of The New Pursuit. “One life. One planet. Live deeply.” Such a warm, positive, helpful spirit.

I wish I could mention some more blogs

I’m so sorry the rules say I can only name 5 “beautiful bloggers” in this post when there are so many more wonderful bloggers I would like to mention.

But I’m thinking of starting a monthly feature in November along the lines of “Top 5 bloggers for the month.” I’d really appreciate any help you could give me in this. If you have some favorite bloggers you’d like to honor do please pass them on to me.

A warm welcome to new subscribers

It’s time to go. But not before I offer best wishes and a warm welcome to the more than 300 new subscribers who have signed up for my blog (and downloaded my new ebook, The Wisdom of Serenity) in just the past 3 or 4 days.

A particular thank you to the bloggers and other friends who helped make this possible by encouraging me and publicizing the launch of my new book. I would especially mention my friend and mentor, Steven Aitchison, at Change Your Thoughts, Lori Franklin, at Janebenimble, and Jonathan Mead, at Illuminated Mind.

What a surprise it has been

The dramatic increase in subscribers has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I was practically glued to the computer. I'm still a minnow, of course, in blogging terms, up from 100 subscribers and now approaching the 500 mark.

But after a long haul I feel there's a bit of wind in my sails at last. What a surprise it has been, oh yes. But that’s how life likes to work, isn’t it? That's what it's so good at.

Surely the seed of friendship and generosity is alive and flourishing even in these difficult times.



{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori October 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Hi Christopher,
I’m jumping up and down for you, on so many levels. Congratulations regarding your award, you are deserving of this and so much more. You richly inspire and your wisdom is deep as it is wide.

I loved your story about your subscriber counts and your thought of being a minnow reminded me of fishing with my grandfather. Lovely memories!

My hubs is quite a walker as well, and has bestowed this love upon me, too. Keep up the great work, the resistance training, all of it. You’re an example to all of us, Mr. C.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to help you, and am thankful.

I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Love in Friendship,
Lori (P.S. Thank you for tapping my shoulder with the award, too! *blushing*)
Lori recently posted..Climb Into Your Rocket Ship


Christopher Foster October 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Bless you and thank you for your kind words Lori. You took a bottle of heavenly balm and poured it right over me. Now it’s my job to pass it on, see how I can help others…

With you in this journey of life. Love to you sweet lady.


Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) October 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Hi Chris,

I’m so happy for you that more people are learning about you and your blog. How exciting! It’s been a beautiful addition to cyberspace, along with your fabulous e-book. Doesn’t it feel great to pass this award along? That was my favorite part.

Much love,
Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) recently posted..Passing On The Love


Christopher Foster October 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Gail, what an angel you are in my life. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words here. You’re so right. Passing love on is a joy. Highly addictive…


Travis Webster-Booth October 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

What a beautiful blog you have here! Reading your “about” almost drove me to tears; you really have an incredible story. I can’t wait to read more!


Christopher Foster October 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Thanks for your kind words Travis. Saw the picture of you running on your blog and thought what an inspiring picture. Reminded me of that great movie from awhile back, “Chariots of Fire” and the character in the movie who said, “God made me fast because he loves to see me run,” or something to that effect. So happy to connect with you.


Patti Foy October 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Hi Christopher,

Gee, it’s fun reading these little tidbits about you! I feel pretty connected (even tho I’ve never met you) because so many of them we have in common. I love sitting by the river that runs through our property; I actually recorded some birds singing happy birthday to me recently (I’m sure that’s what they were saying since it WAS my birthday); and we have the most amazing ravens around here, too. Plus more, tho not the working out (wink wink.)

Congrats on all your subscribers, too! If you’re a minnow, then I’m the twinkle in the minnow’s eye. And so delighted and grateful and happy AND EXCITED that you bestowed upon me one of your coveted beautiful blogger awards! Thank you! I’m honored and only hope I can do it justice.

To your ongowing (oops, ha ha, I meant ongoing and growing — but this works) success!
Patti Foy recently posted..Get a Quick Answer to Your Burning Question


Christopher Foster October 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Thank you so much Patti. I loved sharing your experiences and hearing about your ravens and the river that runs thru your property. What a great idea to record the birds singing Happy Birthday to you. Of course that’s what they were doing.

So thankyou for your kind words and most of all your bright uplifting spirit. It’s a pleasure to get acquainted. All the very best.


Clearly Composed October 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

How fun to learn a bit about you, Christopher! The eighth thing I learned was you have excellent taste! A couple of great bloggers you have mentioned there and a few I look forward to knowing more about. Congrats on all your success and enjoy that sun. 🙂
Clearly Composed recently posted.. ABCs of Balanced Eating


Christopher Foster October 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Thank you for your kind, encouraging words Emma — and for the marvellous, refreshing spirit you share so freely. Love and blessings.


Louise October 26, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Thanks, Chris, for your consistent, unconditional offering of yourself through the blog. It truly is a delight to spend a few moments of peace, sanity and inspiration with you in this space. I was particularly inspired this time to get walking, go to the gym again and generally embrace life with the same enthusiasm and delight that you do. What a gift you are!


Christopher Foster October 27, 2010 at 9:18 am

How lovely to hear from you again Louise. Good for you. And thank you for sharing.

Your words make me think of some words in the Bible, something about “the best wine coming at the end of the feast.” Everyone is aging, as far as form is concerned, of course. But if aging brings a deeper appreciation of who we truly are — the timeless happiness and peace of our own being that nothing external can touch — then aging can be seen in a more positive light, don’t you think?


Keith October 27, 2010 at 6:08 am

Hello Christopher!

WOW! Thank you Christopher, I am humbled and encouraged by you passing this along to me. I must say I am in some pretty good compnay becuase the other bloggers you mentioned are so awesome.

Speaking of awesome, I think YOUR blog is very, very awesome. I am excited that you are getting more attention here. You deserve it for sure, because you are a Beautiful Blogger!

Blessings and much peace to you Christopher.
Keith recently posted..Eyes Wide Open


Christopher Foster October 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

Peace to you too Keith my brother. I just love the name of your blog. “Straight up living.” It instantly fastens my attention on integrity, the need for integrity, and the many blessings that follow in the wake of integrity. I find myself thinking of the redwood trees JoAnn and I saw on a visit to California some years back. They certainly are a magnificent example of straight up living…


Phil - Less Ordinary Living October 27, 2010 at 7:40 am

Christopher –

I really enjoyed this post and learning more about you. I think you have great talent and the heart to spread the message of happiness and joy to the world. Keep it up!

Phil – Less Ordinary Living recently posted..Finding your Mojo


Christopher Foster October 27, 2010 at 8:53 am

Thank you Phil. Your words are a blessing. We’re in the same tribe and don’t you think this tribe is becoming increasingly aware of itself? Look forward to spending more time at your blog. Stay strong and take care.


Joe Wilner October 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm


Thanks immensely for your kind words and consideration as a “beautiful blogger.” I really am honored by your thoughtfulness. I truly hope my writing provides inspiration, hope, and encouragement to many people. This certainly encourages me. Thanks for making my day!
Joe Wilner recently posted..How to Maintain Energy and Avoid Burnout


Christopher Foster October 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

You are so welcome Joe. Thank you for your kind words. You point to our true purpose here in this world: to offer inspiration, hope and encouragement — in our blogs and most importantly in our lives.


Sandy Brown Jensen October 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I am delighted with the “Seven Things” post because now I see how much we still have in common. I also work out at the gym, lift weights, love my local coffee shop, walk the Willamette River path…and keep a blog! I am inspired by you, and I think I will take on your Seven Things challenge this week.
Thank you! I will put your blog on my blogroll, definitely.
Sandy Brown Jensen recently posted..Four Things This Blog Can Do For YOU- My first blog entry after a long hiatus introducing my vision for its future


Christopher Foster October 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Thanks Sandy. Lovely to hear from you. What a sweet thought, walking the Willamette river path. So happy to strengthen the connection with you and look forward to perusing your blog.
With love. Chris


Farouk November 1, 2010 at 4:18 am

i have been working out for almost the same period too, i became a gym addict 🙂


Christopher Foster November 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Farouk. Great to hear from you.
With every good wish.


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