You know, the internet is an amazing thing. Everything you could possibly need to research is on the internet. Simple as a Google search. But a few years back, I found that the internet is amazing in another way. I was going through sort of a “creative block”. I was still creating things here and there, and managed to keep a few things in my etsy shop, but I just didn’t feel inspired. I think the reason was that there were some very emotional things happening in my life. Anyway, I was making soldered pendants and a woman named Joyce bought one from me. I don’t remember exactly how it all happened, but during the transaction, we developed a rapport and found that we had a lot in common! Her name is Joyce. JOY should be her name because she is a joy to know. She is a treasure of a friend. And though we have never met in person, I care a lot about her as I would any of my “in-person” friends. But what’s amazing is how she encouraged me every chance she got, to begin creating again. She saw talent in me that I was certain I didn’t have. There were days she would bombard my inbox with pictures of this or that, telling me to use them for inspiration. And so one night, I went on a creative spree and I felt like me again. As a matter of fact, Joyce is the one who inspired me to create altered bottles. She went as far as to send me little packages from time to time with little elements she thought I could use in my artistic endeavors. She bought items from my shop. But I think most importantly, she prayed for me. Joyce makes no secret of her deep faith and it is a trait we both share, though from time to time, I question mine, get mad at God, and have to bring myself back to reality again. It’s amazing that through our computers she and I found that we had so much in common. She told me on several occasions that we are “soul mates”. I know it sounds cliche, but I truly believe God puts people in our lives for a reason. And I believe He put her in mine. There may be times that we don’t write each other for weeks, but then something will cross my path that I just have to share with her, and we start talking again. It’s the same with her. This morning I woke up to 2 emails from her with links to things she thought would inspire me.
I just wanted to share this with anyone who might read this little blog. And to give her credit for being a true inspiration to me, although we live miles apart and have never seen each other; only in pictures. Just another amazing thing the internet has brought us; closeness to another soul we might never have known otherwise. Now I think I’ll go email Joyce and see what she’s creating today.