I Just Had The Most Spectacular Day!

Do you ever have a day that overwhelms you? Sometimes there are hard days that are overwhelming because we’re anxious or stressed. How often are you just overwhelmed by LOVE? The love of your God, the love of dear Twitter friends who just want to show you how they feel about you, the love of precious family and friends at home? Well, I just had one of those days. Hence the picture of the waterfall which represents the outpouring of love I felt today.

It all started Monday evening. I had been reading my friend @997dave Reynold’s first ever blog post. It was really, really good. I tweeted it and thanked him for a great post, the usual stuff you do for a friend. Only he and I didn’t know each other that well, yet. We are best buddies now. We’re fellow #UsGuys, the astonishingly wonderful Twitter tribe or family I call it…Visit them any time 24/7 if you want to laugh, be inspired, learn, or just get involved in a great conversation. Just type in #UsGuys on your Tweet Deck or whatever you use and follow their stream. Hop in and comment, the water’s fine. Just tell them @libbytalks sent you.

So Dave and I were getting to be friends. We had a wonderful exchange, about his blog please click here to read it, his life in BC, Vancouver Island, we Skyped, I followed him on a new social media platform, we shot the breeze. I say this casually, but it was quite intense. God was blessing our new friendship for sure. So I mentioned, not casually, while we were Skyping that I had bi-polar disorder. He was kind of amazed because well, it’s not obvious that I battle this every day. I have learned so much and been so fortunate with meds, good doctors, a God who loves me, and a husband who can’t be beat by anything. So I lead a normal life. I live and work and worship my Lord and chat with friends and love my family. Sometimes it can intrude, but not often anymore at my age. I seem to have hit a very stable phase of this thing and I’m riding the wave. Thanking God all the way. I mentioned to Dave I had written about this a while back and Skyped him the link.

With that it was getting late in my time zone and we called it a night. Then came today, or rather Thursday, because it is now in the wee hours of Friday and I’m writing this down so I can get to sleep. Dave left me a direct message on Twitter asking if he could RT my story. At first I hesitated. There are pros and cons to letting this type of information be tweeted around. Especially since I’m up for a great job right now. But, on second thought, think of all the people who can be helped to know that I struggle this each day, yet I emerge victorious! This is a true story with a happy ending, very powerful and helpful for those who struggle with this disorder or one like it — or live with someone who does — so, I said sure.

The next thing I knew, the most beautiful poem had been written by @Josepf Haslam, chief curator and poet in residence at #UsGuys. It was so beautiful, I cried tears of joy upon reading it and it linked to the post I did in February in which I talked for the first time in the #UsGuys or Twitter for that matter, frankly and openly, as @libbytalks about being bi-polar. Like I’m doing now.

I will continue to be open. Yes I have bi-polar disorder, and no that is not who I am. It’s just something I have, that I deal with daily like diabetes. I keep myself balanced doing all the right things and getting plenty of all of the good things that keep us all healthy — and I THRIVE. Thrive to be the person I have been put here to be. The creature God has created. I am not disabled, handicapped or living half a life. Thankfully, I’m living a whole, exciting, daring, lively and yet peaceful, wonderful life! Thanks to my husband, my friends, my Lord and my whole family here and on Twitter and Facebook, a good doctor and the religious taking of two meds that correct the misfiring that would otherwise be going on in my brain and I live well!

But back to this most wonderful poem. I wantd you to see it and follow the links if you like to my first post. And please come back with your friends and questions. I’m here to answer them if I can. I’m here to help where I can. Thanks dear friends and fellow humans, especially ALL #UsGuys, the best support system on Twitter! Thank you dear @997dave, @Josepf, Deep @xdeepS, all who commented: @Milaspage, @ty_sullivan, @CinziaRolling, so many of you! I love you all!

For those who missed it, please click below to read this lovely, loving poem by Josepf Haslam:

#usguys #poem on #leadfromwithin about @LibbyTalks Heart


The Best Group of People Ever

This past weekend was my 40th High School Reunion. I wasn’t transported back in time entirely, but rather profoundly struck by the incredible people my classmates had become.

Our class President has gone back to Seminary. Our men and women have their own busnesses: Graphic Design firms, Office furniture, architecture and the works for business, on of our guys — a successful actor/producer/screenwriter/director lived in L.A. for many years and has a long standing marriage of 26 years. Also a believer in the Lord.

 Amazing men and women with big dreams, talked not just about their jobs, photographer for National Geographic, but things they treasured more. A 36 year-old marriage, my friend, the husband involved talked about his treasured morning times with his wife — drinking coffee and reading the paper together. He engaged in this ritual because there was no one else he could sound off the day’s events with the way he liked, or share the laughter of the comic strips the same way. Obviously they were in love and also best friends! They enjoyed each other’s company and had built a bond that would carry them through for another 20-30 years!
One woman talked about taking her grandchild to the pool just that day that we all lived at all Summer. Another about her dear daughter and her new grand daughter who was already showing signs of pure genius.
I listened and talked for two nights. It was so apparent that I graduated in 1971 from Edina High School in MN with an exceptional group of people whose commitment to life and family and values had deepened with time. On Saturday night we talked of the classmates who had gone before us into the next life and the profound influence they had on us, and the many people their lives had touched. It was a beautiful short program of celebration, remembrance and marking the importance they had been to all of us. I went on my own both nights and took pictures. My dear husband, Mike drove me and picked me up so I wouldn’t have to park in a crowded lot in the heat Friday night and so I wouldn’t walk the downtown streets alone on Saturday. I am so beloved and cared for in my life by his devotion, God’s love and my daughter’s sweet attention. I counted my blessings both nights that I was well, healthy, and privileged to attend. I think many people did. The consensus on Facebook today was that we couldn’t wait 10 more years, but would plan one in 5. We had so much fun together and friendships were forged and deepened. We need to keep them up and see all, or as many of us as possible very soon again! Friendships are the stuff of life we discovered those two nights, or maybe we just remembered it from years ago when our friendships were formed, in Kindergarten, Junior High and High School. I am proud to be a member of this delightful, touching, love-filled class. We are a big one. We’re baby boomers. There were over 900 of us. And there are deep memories of wonderful times together. http://www.facebook.com/groups/68054434131 The salt of the earth had a reunion last weekend. And I was there. Thank you dear God.