Monday, May 6, 2013

Dragon on a Mission - Calling All Champions

Guess what I've been doing. A lot of thinking, that's no surprise. But this time I've been feeling and observing too. Revelations plagued my days since last Wednesday. As soon as I chose to open my heart like one of
those NASA antennas, all of your good vibes, prayers and warm wishes reached me as tangible and as powerful as a Tsunami.

We noticed a difference in my performance during my daily therapy and exercises. On certain days, my resilience increased. My daily routine ending with me dragging my pitiful self back to my chamber is the standard. However, the days someone's heart (or many, like on Wednesday) has stepped forth to stand by my side, the difference has been amazing. Words echo in my mind for many hours after I read them. My heart fills with joy and I can feel those persons as if they were actually here, physically with me, cheering me to go on, to do my best, to try one more time. Magic happens. All these powerful presences not only make distance and time barriers relative, but also pain. I (and Mother Dragon) have caught myself smiling so much, thinking on your words, that sometimes more than half the therapy has passed before I am aware how much it is costing me.

During the challenge, Alex Cavanaugh was trying to get all ancient one-ish with me. It might have worked until he pulled the "Infinity plus one" trick on me. That was enough to have me chuckling all day. I noticed I had one of my best performances under physical strain that morning. Don't know why, but Alex and Jeff Hargett have a special ability to put funny pictures in my mind and long lasting grins on my face. That's as priceless as some of you having the ability to reach me, heart to heart, in warp speed. I suffered a sudden anxiety attack on Friday morning and my 911 response came from Gary Pennick and Julie Luek. Thank you for being there for me.

However, today's post was inspired by Laura Eno's message on Facebook. "No matter how dark my path, others move along where the black is absolute. To those whose trouble exceeds my own, I promise to keep the faith for you. May dragon wings spread upon a warm breeze and carry you into a place of peace. May your heart be filled with joy and laughter. May the simple pleasures of life expand each moment with love. For Al Diaz."

Dragons don't wear hats to take off, but this is the moment I put my paw on my heart and bow deeply. To me, this means "I'm praying for you AND I am also traveling the night with you." Not my night, because no one can do that for me, but she's promising to face her own night courageously as well. She gave me her word. I cannot think of a better energy boost than this one gesture from her. We've become mission partners. It doesn't matter we're climbing different mountains, the goal is the same. Overcome the  fear, go on and win.

When Alex featured Ocean's Eleven, I told him I liked the movie so much I wanted to form Dragon's Eleven. "You should," he said. On the comments of my IWSG post, some of you prompted me to ask you whatever I could need. I am already in your debt for the blessed wave of good thoughts you're sending my way, but I will dare to ask something even bigger from you. Travel the night with me. Your night. You won't be alone. I will be there for you too with all my heart, with all my thoughts, with everything I am to cheer for you. It is the only way I can repay you for what you're doing for me. I assure you, if you turn on the antenna, it does work.

We are aware there's a hard road ahead, but Mother Dragon said something that further strengthened my resolve. "I'm sure I'll see you totally healed. Don't stop. Don't quit. I believe in you."

Miracles do happen when you're courageous and work with determination while others cover your back.  Thank you  for covering Father Dragon's back. I promise I'll cover yours. I believe in you. You're all champions to me.

(Disclaimer: If you hear any "We Are the Champions" singing, it's the cloned dwarves. They're partying in the wine cellar.)




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  1. At the moment my back is up against the wall.

    Great post and thought provoking.

    Yvonne.

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  2. It's a deal. I have your back and you have mine. Praying for you. :-)

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  3. Al, what a total blessing! We are here for you, and together we are stronger. You're right, we can't take your journey, but we can travel with you. I am here for your amusement!
    And apparently the cloned dwarves are here to drink all of your wine.

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    1. Strong indeed. Thank you for the unity and for being there to make me smile. :) So we're Dragon's Eleven, (or whatever the number that comes out.)

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  4. i hope you wont limit it to 11! i humbly offer my services to you as well! with a to z over i have to catch up and can be more available =)

    blessings & peace! you are a sweetheart!

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    1. No limit. The more, the stronger. Thank you, Tara. Same back at you.

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  5. Dunno about having your back Al, I want to join those dwarves in the cellar drinking wine. Hope you've got some good stuff down there. Who knew dragons had wine cellars, must look into this further. Alex has a lot to answer for with all those clones slurping it back.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    1. Well, don't know if all dragons have wine cellars, but I have one. Right now I can't drink anything there but it seems dwarves are always glad to help, hahaha.

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  6. Ask away and I'll try and do. I'm on facebook if you want to link up.

    Stick with it, stay as strong as you can and let others take up the slack. It's what friends do.

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    1. Of course I want to link up but there are 7 with your name. Thanks, I do take your word, Martin.

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  7. I'm here, do what needs to be done.

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    1. Thank you! For one thing, can I ask your name? :)

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  8. I'm so glad you feel surrounded by encouragement, Al. What a difference it can make knowing people truly care for you, not just your product, but your heart. It's a joy to be in a community of people, like yourself, who care and give so deeply too.

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    1. I am lucky to meet people with high quality hearts, Julie. I'm lucky and blessed. And I cherish each one of you here in my heart. Thank you and dragon hug spam!

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  9. Power post, Sir Dragon! And congrats on co-hosting Alex's next blogfest event. It's no small-fry deal, so this is me, bowing to your awesomeness. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, Sir David. Hope to do my best in my first try. :)

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  10. I thought I heard dwarves singing that song in the background. :)

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  11. Beautiful post. There are some really amazing people out here and we are all here for you. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you take this journey step by step. I'm good at cheerleading as I used to be one. I can also dance for your amusement as my nephews tell me I look ridiculous. LOL Hugs, my dragon friend, have a strong, healing day today.

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    1. I didn't know you were a professional cheerleader! Maybe you can teach my dwarves one trick or two so they do their work better. Thanks a lot for your kind words and your prayers. Dragon hugs back at you. :)

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  12. Always here for you and Mother Dragon. Sending heartfelt wishes to you. So pleased that the power of positive thought and prayers is travelling the cyber waves. Those dwarves sure know how to sing!

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    1. Don't tell them that. They will want to try and enter "Dragons' got talent" next time and force me to buy mariachi suits for them. :)
      Thank you for all that good vibe and prayers, for all your support.

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  13. Wish I had something more to offer but I do have you in my prayers. Be strong Papa D.

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    1. What are you saying? That's the very best you can give me and all I need. Thank you! :)

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  14. Keep channeling that positive energy. I know you can do it!

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    1. Hanging in there, Robin, and working to do this right. :)

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  15. Hah! You dried my humble tears with laughter over the dwarves' antics! :) We are indeed your Dragon's Eleventy-millionish (plus 600 dwarves!) and we all have each other's back as we struggle through the darkness. I'm honored to know you, Al. You have a heart as wide as an ocean and my energy is yours to draw upon anytime.

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    1. Same to you, Laura. I have you in my heart and in my prayers too. You're right, we're a bunch but a strong one. Let's keep it up and let's win.

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  16. There is strength in numbers. We can't feel your pain but we can be there for you.

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    1. And we can share positive energy. Thanks for that, Diane.

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  17. A lot of positive thoughts out here for you. I'm a firm believer in those.

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    1. I thought I was but now I am even more, if that's possible. I send you lots of dragon positiveness with dragon hugs.

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  18. I've been through the night and will travel many more. I'm happy to face it with you, Al.

    I hope you heal, but am glad you've found bliss.

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    1. It makes me so happy. Now when I look at the night sky I think you might be observing stars as well. Through the stars I send you my best!

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  19. My mom has been going through an extremely rough time for the past few years. I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with it. Mostly it's to be there for her as much as I can. That's as much as anyone in this kind of situation can ask for. I'm glad you've got that kind of support, and again even in a very small way I'm happy to help. It's appropriate that you're a dragon, because you've got wings.

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    1. I'll tell you the secret that has gotten me through a lot. My grandfather's secret weapon. According to the doctors, that's what helped him many times to escape death. Believe it or not, keep the sense of humor. You have no idea how much good laughter does and it is a natural analgesic. The best way you can help your mom, besides being there is seeking for ways to make her smile. I'll write more about this later, but it is scientifically proved as effective. Try. :)

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  20. Yes wings, Father Dragon, so soar to great heights and we will follow you.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    1. I'm exercising them because they are a bit numbed and out of shape, but I'm sure it's just matter of time and we'll be flying, Jo. :)

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  21. I'm glad to hear you're doing better--I've kept you in my thoughts and will continue to do so.

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    1. I'll keep my thoughts on you too, Lara. Thank you and dragon hugs.

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  22. Finer words I haven't heard. Laura is a truly wonderful woman and you are a brave dragon. I'm happy to hear you're doing better.

    I've given you an award today on my blog in my Reflections post. I loved your A to Z posts!

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    1. And I simply couldn't stop reading yours. Thank you!

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  23. Dude, you've got a *wine cellar*????? Shoot, I can travel through *any* night, with a wine cellar at my disposal... ;-)

    Anyway, as my Puerto Rican ex-inlaws always said, "Remember: that which does not kill you, makes you fat." :-D
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. Hahaha, I knew you I could count on you Mina. We have red, pink and white wine. Brandy, whisky, and of course, tequila. :)

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  24. I'm totally hearing "We Are the Champions"
    I think I want to follow the music down to the wine cellar... just to make sure the cloned dwarves aren't drinking anything harmful. Someone has to check on them, no?
    And then I'll make my merry way through the web to virtually hold your and Mother Dragon hands and give you both an unusally tight hug (consequence of the wine)and then I will continue sending you positive vibes, even after the effects of the wine abandons me, yes sir. Best of wishes, ALWAYS.

    I, too, believe.

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    1. That's what I need, someone to watch after those rascals. You've got the job! I know you'll put some order there and make my life easier. :D Thank you!

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  25. You never have to journey alone ;)

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    1. So you're in? :D Good because you were in my list already.

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  26. This writing community in the blogosphere is my "one voice." I have never been let down in the outpouring of love and support.

    As I read this post, and reflect on your IWSG and the comments I read (yep, I read them for my own support too) I feel blessed to be a part of this universe. No matter what I have needed from my friends - and sometimes strangers - here, I have received.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H7dg45Z0Ew

    PS: wine is the lubicrant of love :)

    Be well Sir.

    .........dhole

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    1. That's a beautiful song to wake up to and that is one inspiring movie that always touches my heart. Dragon hugs to you, Donna. Thank you very much.

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  27. Hi Al .. I came over from Jo's blog - though I know you've been friends with many mutual bloggers. Life can have its cruel moments, but there's always laughter along the way - to intersperse our moments, to bring us back to reality ... Your wife, Mother Dragon, sounds quite wonderful .. and those Dragon genes will pull you along - with many thoughts for an 'easy time' .. pain is the worst ... big hugs Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary. Yes, laughter is as important to me as air. Mother Dragon is actually my mother, but she's amazing indeed. Through our veins runs the blood of the greatest inspiration and strongest teacher in my life, my grandfather. It's a line of champions and I can't do any less than make them proud. I really appreciate your words and I'm happy to welcome you to the dragon cave. Dragon hugs back at you. :)

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  28. Hi there! I awarded you with the Super Sweet and Sunshine Awards! Check here! http://frannychallenge.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/super-sweet-blog-award-and-sunshine-award/

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    1. Thank you, Franny. You are too kind but know if you keep giving me awards you'll feed my ego double dragon size, hahahahaha. You're a sweetheart. :D

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    2. Oh no, it should be this way. A dragon must have a HUGE ego! I'm going to feed it as soon as I have the chance! ;D

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  29. I always hope I'm sending positivity to people. I'm sending some right now. The support of others is a wonderful balm.

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    1. And be sure I am receiving it with excellent results. Thanks, Medeia!

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  30. So, Dr. PatchDragon, I see you're keeping that RedNose clean and out of the wine cellar. I'll join you in abstaining from wine, but hey, how about a Margarita, Man!!! Surely, that worm infested drink will be good for a bunch of 'Smiles and Laughs'. I like mine on the rocks with a salted rim, a pink umbrella and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville on the jukebox...no worm thank-you very much.

    Okay, now take that image with you to your next therapy session, and when you get back, come on over and read about my Georgia Ancestors Great Awakening. I think it will make you LOL...and that my friend is better than any ol wormy drink!!!

    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    Tuesday Post: The Great Awakening...My Kids Are Heathens

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    1. Secret here, I don't like the worm either. But I love the little umbrellas. Now my glasses are the size of a washing machine for you. Dragon size! I just need the beach but since there is no beach around, I'll have to content myself with a sandbox. In the meantime, flying I go to your site. :)

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  31. It is wonderful to be a dragon (or a blogger) with so many friends. The blogging community is really such a wondrous thing. we have each other's backs.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. I'm honestly impressed and touched. :)

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  32. Big, warm cyber hugs!!! Whatever you want, whatever you need- just ask. Who can deny a beloved dragon a favor? And know for certain- even when I am an absent blogger, you are in my heart, on my mind, and in my prayers. Speedy healing- keep at it and don't give up!!

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    1. Ah Elizabeth, I've been thinking on you these days. I was sure you would be one of those who would accept to walk with me. I keep you in my heart. Dragon hugs!

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  33. Laura's words are truly beautiful, so glad they inspired you. Sending many hugs and positive energy to you each day, Al. But please, make those dwarves stop singing. I can't get We Are the Champions out of my head now!

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    1. Not my fault, Julie. I already told them to stop and now I'm throwing shoes at them (dwarves shoes, dragons don't wear shoes.) Sometimes a dwarf comes attached to the shoes, but nothing is perfect.
      I'll send a lot of dragon good vibe your way, for great days. :D

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  34. That was a beautiful post FD. And Laura's words were so lovely. I have always said our community is such a special one. That is why I give my time whenever I can to help other writers in need.

    You have a kind and gentle spirit even though you are a ferocious creature ... But we fear not. You sense of humor and heart melt our fears of the deadly fire away. Instead I think of a roaring fire in a stone heath keeping me warm on a frigid night.

    At times we are the flames for others .... As Laura was for you. Take care, FD... Don't give up the fight.

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    1. You made me smile with your words, but that is only natural coming from you, Michael. You can do magic with them. It makes me happy you think that way about me. I agree with you, sometimes we get the warm, and sometimes we get to be flames for others. I'm still standing! :D

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  35. It is amazing how encouraging this blogging world can be. I'm glad you're receiving the strength you need and pray you will keep the fire going. Writer’s Mark

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    1. Yes, so many amazing supporting people here, you all fill my heart with hope. I send you dragon hugs, Nancy. Thank you.

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  36. Hey, btw. If there is room on the team you got going, I'd love to join in. I got a little dragon that keeps appearing on my blog and he could use some guidance.

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    1. There is always room for one more, Brandon!

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  37. Al, that is one of the greatest compliments I can receive. Little in life pleases me more than knowing I brought a smile to someone's lips. I long ago lost count of how many times you've done that for me, not to mention a great many chuckles and some treasured belly laughs. You have had me literally "LOL"ing more often than you know.

    My (and Myra's) thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    1. You see? This is how it works. Now you've put a smile in my face that will last all day long. :D I love to know that. Thank you and Myra for the thoughts and prayers to your adopted dragon. :o)

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