Friday, June 1, 2012

Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker's Fifth Year Anniversary

Today Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker is five years old. I thank each of you that has been a part of this journey of growth and transformation.

My Blogger Overview Page for June 1, 2012 says that I have 3900 published comments. At least half of those are my comments back to you. It is important to me to be able to let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. I don't like visiting and leaving a comment on someone else's blog and not getting a response back. Sometimes the comments at the end add so much more to whatever I say in the content of the blog post. Your opinion is important to me. I want you to always feel free to voice your opinion about my topics. The few times that I did not publish a person's comment was because they were abusive in the way that they expressed themselves. I don't expect everyone to believe what I believe. I do expect everyone to be respectful in expressing your opinions. That is just healthy boundary setting.

Even though I haven't posted a blog post since my last one on May 7, my readers have been loyal. Today's Pageviews from Blogger were 134. That may seem small to some but my numbers have been steadily growing here since the first post on June 1, 2007. I appreciate everyone of you. On my page, my daily page views show 440 subscribers for today. My blog page itself shows 220 followers. I don't have a clue as to why there is such a difference in numbers but there is. Either way, I appreciate everyone of you.

I know that I haven't posted much lately. In May, I experienced a severe allergy attack that lasted for several weeks after spending the day out with a friend with our car windows down for the entire trip. I don't know why but my allergies have been much worse this Spring than they have ever been. Some say allergies are worse for everyone this year because we didn't have a cold Winter in Arkansas. Only in the past week have I begun to feel better.

This post will be the 353rd article that I have written over the past five years on Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker.  Earlier I went through my Blogger pages and looked to see which of my articles were your favorites. Thank you for your diversity. I was surprised at some of your favorites. Here they are:

1. What Other People Think About You Is None Of Your Business posted on 8/29/07 with 5546 views. This one is by far the favorite. None of the others are even close to the views of this one.

2. There's A Hole In My Sidewalk posted on 8/11/07 with 3881 views was written about a poem that I was introduced to when I first started going to 12-Step meetings back in 1989. Someone had printed and framed the poem and put it on the wall of the meeting room. For its simplicity in words, the poem is powerful in its message.

3.  Family Secrets---Incest May Be A Part Of My Life Series---Part 5 posted on 9/2/07 with 1795 views since then. I think there were 8 blog articles in this series of posts. This post is one of two from this series that made the top 10 list of favorites. Most of these posts came with a Trigger Warning on them.

4.  Forgiveness Is For You, Not The Other Person was posted on 9/16/07 with 1651 views. If you are considering forgiveness as a part of your healing, this is just one of the articles that I have written on the topic of forgiveness over the years.  Forgiveness is a topic that I feel strongly about. I never thought that I would forgive my abusers. I didn't plan to. I was further abused by well-meaning people who wanted me to forgive too soon. For me, forgiveness was the end result of healing and happened in its own time when I was ready.

5.  Dealing With People Who Push Your Buttons was posted on 7/5/08 with 1494 views. This post was written because I got angry at someone who was being mean to my husband. My husband is a sweetheart and this person was just jealous of him. I realized that this person was pushing a lot of my buttons and so I looked at why.

6.  The Secret---Affirmations Change Your Life was posted on 8/8/07 with 1393 views. This is one of my favorites. I wrote it when The Secret was so popular. In this post I share how I was taught to work with affirmations in order to change the negative messages we tell ourselves.

7.  Spirit Animal Totems was posted on 11/11/07 with 1311 views. This post is not a typical subject for me, being more on the spiritual side rather than the survivor side of things. Sometimes we just need to forget that we are adults being so serious and let the inner child out to play. This was one of those times.

8.  Three Of My Past Lives was my very first blog article back on June 1, 2007. Only in the past 2 years has this post grown in popularity. The views for this post are 1176. As I say in the blog post itself, you don't have to believe in reincarnation. I do. Reincarnation just seems to explain a lot of happenings in my life.

9.  Inspiration, Denial And Incest was posted on 1/20/10 with 1144 views. This post is rather long and a bit of a rant on my part. The article also comes with a Trigger Warning. This rant was brought about by a comment that a very young lady left on my blog. The young lady didn't think my story was inspiring and was too sad for her tastes.

10.  A Little Girl's Story---Incest May Be A Part Of My Life Series---Part 8 was posted on 5/10/09 with 976 views. This post was the last of the Series. The original story was written by me back in 1989.

11.  "The Patricia Singleton Story" Update was posted on 5/3/10 and viewed 908 times since then. This is the last one that I will share. I know that many of you have listened to this radio interview that I did with Cyrus Webb. When I first started this blog back in June 2007, I never imagined that it would lead to be a guest speaker telling my story on a radio program. If you haven't heard this talk yet, I hope you will take the time to listen and let me know what you think.

When I started this blog, I was inexperienced with the internet. I still have things to learn, like how to put photos on my blog. I have made so many new friends over the past five years because of my blog. I have learned to use Twitter and Facebook to further the reach of my blog to other survivors. I have grown and become a voice for incest survivors around the world. Most recently, I have learned how to use and Klout to extend my reach to new people. The survivor community is quite large and growing larger every day as we join together to protect children and to educate adults about child abuse.

I am grateful to everyone of you who read my blog and leave comments.   Thank you for being willing to enter my world. I know that my stories aren't easy to read. I appreciate the time that you spend here. Please join in helping me to break the silence of child abuse. A child should be loved, not abused. Every day as I go out into the world of the internet, I meet new people with their own stories of survival and pain. Some are seasoned warriors like me and others are just beginning to tell their stories and move from being victims to becoming survivors. Please join me in honoring their path to healing.


Alene Gone Bad said...

Congratulations on the 5 year anniversary of your very successful and so important blog. The work you've put in to this has touched so many people and I know from blogging that there is a big silent audience, many readers out there who might never comment, but are benefitting from reading your blog.

I hope you're feeling better, and can enjoy the rest of the summer.

Good luck as you go forward with your blogging, writing and speaking.

Patricia Singleton said...

Alene, thank you so much for your comment and for your continued support of Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker. You are so appreciated by me. I do feel better thank you. Wishing you luck and sending you blessings for your journey of healing as well.

Pam said...

Hi Patricia, I'm glad you're starting to feel better. I also, want to thank you for your courage in sharing your story. It isn't an easy thing to do, I know. I hope that more and more people who suffered child abuse and sexual abuse will begin to speak up so that those that were never abused know how it damages people. It has helped me so much to finally, talk about what happened to me, bring it out into the open, and openly, acknowledge it as part of my life. Afterall, I did nothing wrong but was made to feel that I had for my whole life. No victim should have to carry shame for the victimizer and the only way to change that is to bring the crime and the damage it causes into the light.


Patricia Singleton said...

Pam, thank you. Sharing my story has gotten easier the more that I have talked about it over the years. Talking is how I have done the majority of my healing over the years. Support and knowing that I am not alone has made that sharing possible. I appreciate you being here.

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Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom said...

Patricia - congratulations on 5 years of blogging and what a wonderful and heartfelt array of topics. I'm sure you have touched a lot of people.

You and I started our blogs in the same year 2007 only I had a span of time in there when I didn't blog as frequently with spent energy working full time. So, your # of posts +300 versus my 117 is quite a lot more.

I'm proud of you with all you've learned in personal growth as well as in technology. It's a great accomplishment. Good job!

Patricia Singleton said...

Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom, It is so good to see you back in the world of blogging. Your wisdom was missed.

I don't think I knew that you started in 2007. I thought we met around that time but probably assumed you had been blogging longer than me.

I look forward to reading more of your new blog. Welcome back. Thank you.

My next project is to learn how to put pictures on my blog. My daughter-in-law is going to show me as I write down the instructions on how to do it.