I am sure that most of you are ready to put the Las Vegas trip to bed! But, I cannot let it rest without sharing one more piece of information! Those of you who think you were not there, you were!
As we gathered and talked about our community, you were there!! Over and over I heard your names and knew that your contributions were represented! Your words echoed through all of our conversations! Dale and Giulia skyped in, but that was a small part of their overall contribution! Sootie was there! Her wisdom travels with me everywhere! Maggie, Marcie, Cyn, LindaN, you were a part of the conversation! Especially when the Freedom Train was mentioned! Ex Nancy, Youngatheart! I heard about you and your contributions! Peggy and Mother Goose! SmokedOut, and Sheryl! Shawn and JoAnne!! Kris and Carenda! Names I heard time and time again! Niki! You were there too! I guess you did not make it into anyone suitcase, but you traveled in our hearts! Sheri, you are no longer at the site, but you showed up in Vegas! And Dawn! While you have left this earth to go to your reward, your influence on people here represented you well! Kellie, and Kelly! JoJo and JoJo! Owlfeather, and Aztec! Joni, and Thomas! Froguelady, Bonnie and Mike!! Lady Hycinth, not sure where you are these days, but you were in Vegas last week! Brenda and Judy (aka !)! Lisa and IrishRose! Yep, you were with us!
I wish I had the time, and the memory, to list everyone who was mentioned by name! But the truth of the matter is that you were all there! If you have ever offered help to anyone here, or you have ever given anyone here a chance to help you, then you are a part of the "Collateral Kindness" that makes this place work! That is what makes this community! "Helping ourselves by helping others! What a way to quit! What a way to live!" The fact that this place works is what makes it possible for us to come together as a family in person! There were no strangers in Vegas! And, there will be no strangers at the next get together! For we are all family! And we are all in this together! Orlando is next! Try to be there in person! But, if you can't, know that you will still be there!
A wonderful family has formed because of "Collateral Kindness" and N.O.P.E. and N.E.F. and Focus and Determination, and "We Don't Do That Anymore! Stay with us my friends! The best is yet to come!! Tommy