Thursday, December 11, 2008

The road less travelled

Since this will be my last post of the year, I figured I would make it one of gratitude.

TO YOU, AND YOU, AND ESPECIALLY TO YOU

I am so grateful to all of you who read my blog, those who have supported me through the toughest year of my life, and those who have encouraged me so much through your comments.

It is because of you that I write. Because of you, who have given me positive feedback, and who have articulated their appreciation for something that I have learned to love doing. Writing is very cathartic and is my friend

Those who have stood by me when I needed support through down times over the last eight months, those who have laughed with me, those who have cried with me,
those who have passed the word on.

It has been an honour for me to serve you, to....in some small way help you to take charge of your own lives....to make small changes which lead to big results, to give you the occasional " Aha " moment.

To have been able to bring you joy, and I hope I have, to have uplifted your spirits, to have made your heart soar high above where the eagles fly, to have strengthened your resolve, to have helped you kick start your journey.

In all of these things, if I have been in some small measure, a catalyst, I am grateful for in so doing, I have healed myself.

Below is a dedication to all you incredible shredders out there who with courage and true grit have chosen to follow the path of a man who is a magnificent example of what we are all striving to achieve Adam Waters.

As we shredders tramp this earth together
arms entwined, we carry those who stumble
and they us,
we band of brothers and sisters forever linked by one...
His leadership, resolute, unwavering,
Our eyes upward, our hearts beating
with mighty resolve, we hoist the steel
and run the road, fleet of foot
onward toward victory
with no thought of failure..
and, with a glance behind, we see
multitudes of those, our numbers growing
day by day,
as we, with him in front, encouraging us,
surging into our future
as we all choose ..
to take the road less travelled.

Have a wonderful holiday and look forward to spending 09 with all of you

8 comments:

Phil said...

Hey Dougal,
Yes it has been a tough year for you and you have only got tougher mate. Thanks for all the posts , updates and sharing throughhtout the year. I look forward to a refreshed Dougal in 2009 with all your wit, courage and humility of 2008. Take care and merry xmas.
Phil (Silent Shredder)

dougal said...

Phil, buddy, you are one of those, about whom I wrote. Thank you for your support and being there for me.

Marbella said...

Am so glad that you are having a vacation, and some time to watch the stars and think of those blessings that you have and will have. Will think of you over the Holidays and wish you all the very best. You are one of the special ones out there Dougal. Take care and come back anew to lead us on. With all Godspeed for a healthy 2009....
Lynda

Mike Groom said...

Dougal, I've enjoyed sharing 2008 with you mate! Through the tough times and the good times. Here's to a great 2009.

Enjoy your vacation and have a great Christmas and New Year!

Carlos said...

Dougal,
You are truly an inspiration and a gifted Motivator.

I just wonder how many you have encouraged with your indomitable spirit and attitude, particularly in the face of hardship and uncertainties. More than once I would read your encouraging words and salute you, because I could not help but have the deepest admiration and respect for how you live and share your life.

And what a fitting tribute to Adam, the man who has somehow "assembled" this family of cheerleaders together for a common cause and that of encouraging each other.

You "guys" are way ahead of the crowd.

Adam Waters said...

Dougal, your words continue to inspire mate. Thank you for sharing your journey and providing us all with your words of wisdom and inspiration. You truly have an amazing ability to articulate very complex human emotions and put it all together in a spellbinding package.

Looking forward to shredding with you in 09!

Your buddy,
Adam

My 1-2-3 Fat Loss Solution said...

My heart is full! You are a true wonderful human being and a warrior. Proud to have made this connection with you through Adam's blog. 2009 is going to be an amazing year for you in every way.
Blessings!
Diane

Larry said...

Dougal,
You truly are an inspiration to the entire shreddersphere. Have a great vacation. Looking forward to shredding through '09 with you.

Blessings on you.