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BLUE RIBBONS FOR BRAVERY
By Wendy Collier


We often hear about ribbons and awards for bravery, given to soldiers for saving lives or everyday heroes, who risk their lives for others' well being.  However, no one talks about how brave we all have to be to live our day-to-day lives. 
When I arrived at my first Writers' Ink meeting, I was nervous and wasn't sure what I was getting into.  I had spent that morning polishing up my poems so I could share, but in the heat of the moment, I simply couldn't do it.  I decided to sit back and observe and decide if I belonged here.
I was amazed when people started to share their writing.  There was a huge variety of pieces, but what really astounded me was how brave these people were.  They shared their words, their feelings, their unique perspectives on life from their hearts.  Without hesitation, they opened themselves up to a room where most of the people were familiar, yet three of us were strangers.  Someone mentioned that with new people in attendance, it was a new experience to share.  The impressive thing is that they dipped into their well of courage and were brave enough to share.
On my way home, I was wishing I had been brave enough to share.  I know myself well enough to know how vulnerable I am and to respect that part of me, which means that I had to trust my instinct to not share.  I know that when it's time for me to share it will happen.  I too will dip into my well of courage and be brave enough to share my personal thoughts, feelings, opinions, and perspectives through my words.
I honor the courage and bravery it took for we "new" people to even walk in the door and sit amongst this group of people who have already bonded and share a sense of belonging.  However, this special group of people opened their hearts and let us in, without hesitation, and without judgment.
So, here I am the morning after, inspired, excited, confident, and willing to write about my feelings and experiences.  It feels so great, it feels so right, and I know in my heart that this is what I was meant to do.
Thank you to the Writer's Ink organization for the inspiration and the incredible impact you've already had in my life.  I look forward to future sessions. 
A special thank you to Murray, whose heart is so warm and generous, that he was willing to make the time and put in the effort it took to establish this organization and continue its growth.
Congratulations to all Writers' Ink Members on your 10th Anniversary, which is a commendable accomplishment.  In your own unique ways, you have all made a difference!  You all deserve a "Blue Ribbon for Bravery."

Your new member and admirer; Wendy Collier

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