365 Challenge: Day 244 – Connection

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Connection: relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else

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When I woke up this morning, two things came to mind after reading a few messages on my phone. It sits on my night table on the lowest possible volume so I’m not interrupted overnight, but it’s the first thing I check when I wake up to see what’s going on.

The first thing I realized is that it’s Veteran’s Day and everyone is doing something fantastic to thank our veterans. I am not a fan of war (or any confrontation) and always look for a peaceful solution; sometimes, as we’ve seen in the past (today and the future, too), it’s not always possible to avoid battle. While I don’t condone and agree with war as a general statement, I understand it and I am absolutely grateful to all the amazing veterans and active duty defenders who have kept us safe for hundreds of years. Their hard work, often leading to death, loss and/or pain, has enabled so many of us to make connections around the world. Thank you to our veterans for everything they have done. Your sacrifice is unmatched by any other I could possibly think of…

The second thing I realized is how many people reading my blog and participating on the Watching Glass Shatter book blog tour are making new connections with one another. If I could have any success with all of the effort for my book launch right now (other than sales and good feedback), it would be to build a path that connects together people who didn’t know one another before, but now they do. I enjoy seeing everyone chat with one other, find new blogs to follow, meet new people potentially who live near them, etc. This is amazing to witness and I am grateful for all of you who have been part of it.

Life is about making connections and doing something to make the world a better place. I’ll never match what our veterans have done for us, but if I can help bring people together through a blog, then I feel just a little bit better about my contributions today. I am grateful to those who stand proud and honorable and for giving us our freedom and protection.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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37 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 244 – Connection

    scr4pl80 said:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Nicely written, Jay! I have made several new connections through blogging and am happy to count you as one of them! Have a terrific day.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    What a lovely post, you do a fab job of bring people together, I’ve met several new blogging buddies through you.

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    shalini said:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Great post Jay, so beautifully written. Connections are made on your blog tour comments.
    Some connections are made spiritually, it is there between two people.. We just connect…

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    AJ said:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    You’re right! Life is all about connections:)

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    caterpillars2butterfliesblog said:
    November 11, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Great post! Blogging has certainly offered me the chance for new friendships. Keep up your amazing writing!

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    zumpoems said:
    November 11, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Very well written post!

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    tylerus said:
    November 11, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Hear, hear. A wonderful post!

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    theloyalbritwit said:
    November 11, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    Extremely well stated and spot on with the connections! Hands down, the connections I’ve built and will continue to build has to be my favorite aspect of blogging! 😃

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    November 11, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    Nail on the head. You’ve got some awesome bloggers reviewing your book for sure.

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    November 11, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    You really are a catalyst- you are great at bringing people together !!

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    November 11, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    I have met so many amazing bloggers via you!

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    Mischenko said:
    November 12, 2017 at 2:16 AM

    This is beautiful, James. 💕💜

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    Smitha V said:
    November 12, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    I’m glad to have got to know you through a book review done of your book. I’m still trying to get hold of your book. Tried to order it online through Amazon India but it wasn’t there. Have asked my husband to ask the bookstore to order it for me.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 12, 2017 at 8:02 AM

      Hi. I appreciate it, thank you. It’s good to chat with you. I know a few people who were able to order it thru Amazon from India. They might have ordered thru Amazon UK, I could ask to be sure.

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        Smitha V said:
        November 12, 2017 at 8:09 AM

        Oh yes please. Thank you.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 12, 2017 at 8:10 AM

        Will ask her now.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 12, 2017 at 8:17 AM

        Hi. I confirmed, she bought it on 11/11 as it is $0 this weekend on Kindle via Amazon India. What message are you getting when you try?

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        Smitha V said:
        November 12, 2017 at 9:09 AM

        Not available in your country. This is what I get.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 12, 2017 at 9:24 AM

        I think it strips out the image or message you sent. How odd. And it’s the Kindle version you were trying? you can email the link to me if that helps at jamesjcudney4@gmail.com

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    Nthato Morakabi said:
    November 13, 2017 at 2:51 AM

    Here I am on this blog because we made a connection through books. So many ways that we all connect. We don’t have a Veterans Day in South Africa but I’ve seen many posts from my American friends whom I’m built a connection with over time and I celebrate with them.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 13, 2017 at 9:11 AM

      I’m glad to celebrate with you! And books are probably my favorite part of the connections too.

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    November 13, 2017 at 4:51 AM

    i love discovering new blogs because of you and “watching glass shatter”. you’re doing such a great job. with everything! 🙂

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    Rae Longest said:
    November 17, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Reading the chatting back and forth on the comments or finding one’s comment liked by more than one person (one more than you) is the second best part of your blog.

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