Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

Motivational Speaker

Blogging Year in Review

Filed under: Blogging — by Glenda at 10:16 pm on Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 was an amazing year for me in terms of blogging! Here are a few trivial stats as the year ends:

I would like to sincerely thank the following people for contributing to this blog by adding your comments. You made this blogging year a success and very rewarding. Thank you.

Amazingly I am only half way through creating this list, but I need to go ring in the New Year with my husband. I will post the remaining list later this week.

Wishing you all the best in 2008!

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Christmas Montage

Filed under: General — by Glenda at 8:18 pm on Sunday, December 30, 2007

Using my new toy, the Flip, from my dear husband, I am happy to share of my Christmas memories with you. Please excuse the tremors – that is life with cerebral palsy!

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Letter to Santa

Filed under: General — by Glenda at 3:12 pm on Sunday, December 23, 2007

Writing a letter to Santa using a quill pen
(Photo credit: Maare Liiv)

Dear Santa,

I have tried to be a good girl this year. Sometimes, at this age, the rules can be somewhat hazy; doing right by one can be seen as wrong by others. But, I have tried my best. And, really, isn’t that all anyone can ask of me? Perhaps doing my best is more important than being good or bad, right or wrong?

Anyway, I have given much thought to what I would like to ask you for Christmas and nothing really came to mind. I already have so much. I have a loving and caring husband, a great home (if a few elves could come by during the off-season to do some painting, that’d be awesome), and wonderful friends, blog readers and supporters, for which I am thankful and grateful. What else do I need?

Although, there is one thing I really would like; something that I haven’t seen in any store or on any website despite all of the amazing advances in technology. But, I am certain that your clever, creative elves can build one: a Left Thumb 2.0 that types 50-60 words per minutes with the bonus feature of an endless supply of inspiring, motivating and insightful words. This way I can continue doing what I do, more effectively, for another year.

I would also like to ask that every boy and girl, young and old, around the world, receive the one gift they truly need on Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! And all of the best in 2008!

With much love,

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Escaping the Holiday Stress at Readers’ Café

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Come take a break from the shopping, preparing and stressing, and join us around the warm, crackling fire.

There’s eggnog, mulled wine and other yummy goodies on the table. Please help yourself. Then sit back, take a deep breath and feel your worries melt away. Join in the conversation by posting comments below. We’re a friendly bunch; no need to be shy.

Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Feel free to share your:

  • Holiday survival tip
  • Favourite holiday memory
  • Favourite holiday recipe

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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What We Can Learn from Rudolph

Filed under: Advocacy, Living with a disability — by Glenda at 1:22 pm on Monday, December 17, 2007

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer poster

From age two to ninety-two, we all know these fun lyrics:

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you’ll go down in history!

But, how many of us see the valuable lesson here?

Rudolph is teased and ostracized because he is different. He is excluded from reindeer games for the sole reason that his nose glows bright red. How heartbreaking is that?

In the classic Christmas special, a dejected Rudolph and his elf friend, mocked for his dream of becoming a dentist, head out to find a place of acceptance and happen across the Island of Misfit Toys; segregation at its finest.

It takes the fog to come down for the big guy (possibly the employer) Santa to realize the value in a bright, shiny nose. And that’s the point when Rudolph is duly recognized for his unique ability, giving us the Christmas story that we know and love.

But this story leaves me thinking about the other parts of the story – the bits that didn’t make it to the song. I am left wondering how many other reindeer before Rudolph were discarded because their unique ability or talent wasn’t valued. However, I am comforted in believing that discriminating practice will not be repeated when Rudolph and his reindeer friends retire and new flying reindeer are chosen to pull the sleigh. After all, believing everyone is welcomed and accepted is part of the magic of Christmas!

Rudolph teaches children young and old about the importance of valuing diversity and inclusion. Without this reindeer’s different coloured nose, Christmas was surely doomed to be cancelled that foggy night. With him, that lesson went down in history!

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