Actually, my blogging goals were
I never really considered the potential that blogs offer to connect with folks near and far.
That is until last weekend.
Two weeks ago, I posted on the inspirational survival story of Judith Sleavin.
Judy was the sole survivor of a horrific crash at sea off the coast of New Zealand that claimed the lives of her two children and husband. The crew of the cargo ship that caused the accident was fearful of what repercussions might result from the collision, and fled the scene—-failing to notify anyone of the Sleavin family’s situation.
With multiple life-threatening injuries and clinging to a partial-inflated raft in the ocean, Judy was able to make it to shore where she was later spotted by a passing aircraft and rescued by ground personnel.
In response to my post, the insightful Ann T. commented that she saw that Judith Sleavin now lives in New Zealand and designed jewelry.
During the week that my post went public, a blogger friend, the multi-talented and kind-hearted Australian Sean Fraser of the Dolls Point Blogger, just so happened to be in New Zealand visiting his daughter.
Inspired by Ms. Sleavin’s story and interested in learning more about her craft that involves flame-working glass beads, Sean located Judy's New Zealand shop, and got to meet with this courageous woman.
To describe his visit, Sean posted a moving entry entitled
INSPIRED BY THE SEA, COLOUR, NATURE, KINDNESS AND JOY.
His post is complete with photos, and includes this image of Judy demonstrating her work:
It is well worth your time to stop over and read Sean's entry.
Through blogging, I have learned that the world truly is a small place.
I realize that there is much good that can result from sharing with individuals and communities online.
I now understand how blessed I am to have connected with a few of the kind and talented individuals that live not only in nearby states, but also those oceans away from my home in a small town in the Northeastern United States.
Thank you to all as it has been an amazing and rewarding experience.
*Note: Thanks to Sean for allowing me to use the image.