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Thank You for Your Personal Stories of Courage on HubPages!

Updated on July 25, 2012

When Wondering How Much You Should Make "Hublic"...

I have been so blessed by many of the Hubs that I have been reading recently. They tell stories of personal challenges that have been overcome with great courage and what my grandmother might call, "gumption."

I adore reading, learning and being inspired!

We all have our stories to tell, and many of them are so powerful that they will actually change the world, in the short term, the world of fellow Hubbers.

With the effect of RIPPLE, these stories have the potential to help millions of people!

I have found that when I am inspired, I want to share these stories with others. I thank you - all of those willing to bare their souls in a way that leads others to greatness. For what is "greatness" anyway? Isn't it the ability to reach out and show love to others, to help in whatever capacity we've been blessed to help?

Writers get to do this.

Of course it's important not to use names that would embarrass others, or get us sued. I can think of some personal stories that could get me in big trouble. We must be wise about it.

I am so grateful for all of the wisdom I have absorbed by reading fellow Hubbers stories, poetry and articles over the first few weeks that I've been in the "Hubworld" community.

Personal Note: Thank you to my daughter Jasmine Christina, for coining the word "Hublic..." (It may have been used before somewhere, but her reference was the first I'd heard of it, and it made me giggle).

Effect of Ripple

Shared Experience Can Be Preventitive Medicine

We may never know how much or how many we help, but our words are still working their magic.

Your story could help someone make better decisions in life, hold on when they feel like giving up, or push through when they feel like crumbling under life's seemingly debilitating challenges.

I thank you and I salute you. My hat is off to you and my hands applaud you. I truly appreciate your willingness to allow us to look through the windows of your life, and learn from your experiences. What a gift you are giving.

Just Beginning My Education

Me at about 3
Me at about 3

Wisdom is Forever

I learned so much from my Grandma. She was taken from me (in physical form) when I was twelve. I have always been on the look-out for people like her, those who have lived through hardships in life, and yet have never grown cold and callous.

These are special people! People who can grow through heartache and pain, instead of visiting their misery on everyone around them, are more rare than you'd think. What treasures you are!

Life is a college. Sometimes I feel so bad for not having completed a college education. I think it limits me, and causes those who know this to look down on me as inferior.

That's okay. Life is my college, and I have many brilliant professors who don't even realize that they are my teachers. So thank you, and please don't charge me tuition. I may one day just surprise everyone and get my degree.

Some who have gone to a traditional college, graduate and think their education is over. That's one advantage to seeing life as a college. You never stop learning. You may not have letters following your name, but you also may know more than some who do.

Thank you for all you do for LOVE and for the love of writing. I'm learning from you and loving it, as I'm sure are many of your readers.

Keep Shining!

I Humbly Present to You the "Millie" Award

My Grandma Millie - The one with "Gumption"
My Grandma Millie - The one with "Gumption"

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Hublically speaking, this is a neat hub. :)

      Grandma Millie looks like she could have been such a treasure--thanks for sharing her delightful photo with us! Though I did meet my grandmothers, there was never a connection between us and I always thought it would have been a wonderful thing to be friends with them.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You are so right about those who go "hublic"! Love that word! Tell your daughter. There are a lot of stories people have told on here-their heart, their hardships--that have really inspired me, too. Thanks for sharing this! Many votes!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother and to the Hubbers who inspire you. This was a very nice, heartfelt hub and I'm proud to be a follower.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This could not have come at a better time. Such an uplifting gem of a read and I am so appreciative. The affects this article had on me no monetary amount could ever compare. So many on here share their trials and tribulations, some never knowing how much they have helped others by sharing.

      Your article recognizes the pain and hurt endured when having to write about a difficult journey, hoping it will make a difference for someone out there.

      This is a prime example and I can not go to another hub without letting you know how much this has helped me. I smile when I think of the huge ripple effect it will have on so many of us who will pay it forward.

      Blessings to you and sending you the white light of protection.

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      RTalloni, thank you so much for your compliments for my Grandma Millie. She was just 18 in that picture.

      What I find amazing about life and relationships, is that sometimes those who are "blood relations" don't seem to be tuned-in as well as others we may meet and "adopt" into our family. :) I like to think that they may be from our spirit family. I've had some wonderful adopted mothers and grandmothers in this lifetime. ;)

      Many blessings to you! Thank you for inspiring us!

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Victoria Lynn, thank you so much for your comment. I DID tell my daughter that you like "her word." She grinned. Thank you for making her smile! :)

      Thank you for your inspiration to many!

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      I am proud to be your follower, BillyBuc! You must have seen yourself in this, though you are far too wonderful to "toot your own horn." I salute you sir! And thank you will all my heart! You've helped me more than you know - and I KNOW many agree with me! (tips hat) ;)

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      ShiningIrishEyes, well you got me crying! You are deeply embedded in my heart - and in my thanks!!! How you knew how very much I needed the white light of protection today - I will never know, and ALWAYS appreciate!

      Thank you for all you do for LOVE! You have dear ones shining down on you and blessing your every step, but of course you know this so well. ;)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful, thoughtful tribute, Heaven. Not only to those who touch you through the college of life, but to your grandmother. She's a real beauty!

      I understand the college of life. When it came time for me to go to college, I felt I'd learned enough in school. Having been an honors graduate, I felt strongly that what I needed to learn next, I'd learn from life. I'm happy to say, I've been in college ever since and hope I never graduate! Life is amazing!

      Thank you for bringing light to those who touch and teach. You're a gem!

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Dear BraveWarrior. You have helped me so much more than you know! I am so happy you read this, because the gratitude is in large part for YOU! Thank you for your inspiration and Hub-LOVE! I know you inspire many. :)

      Thank you for your sweet words for my grandmother too. She was a cutie her whole life. ;) Much love and hugs, ~h~

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm humbled, Heaven. I didn't see myself in there at all, although I did see many, many hubbers who have become friends and mentors. This is an awesome place to be!

      Love you too!! :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      This shows inspiration and this is actually inspiring to me. Nothing is better then a story from the heart. I also love reading stories like this. A great dedication to your beautiful grandma and the hubbers that give you inspiration. A beautiful tribute all around. Voting this up, awesome, and beautiful! Best wishes.

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      TheLyricWriter - thank you so much for your comment - and thank you for inspiring us with your beautiful heartfelt writing. :)

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      The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

      You have a beautiful heart and a beautiful grandmother. We are so inspired by our loving family members such as grandparents. so blessed that they have shared their wisdom and aided in forming us in the process. Blessings and joy to you always:)

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      The Stages of ME - thank you so much for your comment. Oh yes - our ancestors and loved ones often inspire us to keep going when it seems hopeless. Thank you for your blessings. I need and appreciate them so much in my life at this moment!

      Many blessings and so much JOY to you, as well. Thank you for your special way of inspiring us!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I like Hublic, very clever! :)

      Thank you Heaven for sharing your Grandma with us.

      You planted a seed in our heads...

      OK, there are two ways you can go: 1) Grandma Millie's route or 2) Cold and callous. I'll take #1 :)

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Oh thank you, Sunshine625! Yes, Grandma Millie knows best! But something tells me you already knew this and lived by it instinctively. ;)

      Thank you for "Hublicly" sharing your wisdom and sense of fun with us!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Like you, I enjoy reading hubs that are based on the personal experiences of the writer, especially when they have overcome great obstacles in their life and inspire us with their faith and courage.

      I love this quote that you wrote because it shows a great attitude: "Life is my college, and I have many brilliant professors who don't even realize that they are my teachers."

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Happyboomernurse,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I look forward to reading your hubs. You seem like a wonderful person! Thanks so much for voting up.

      Keep shining - sending more love and light to you! ~h~

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      Julie 4 years ago

      As a nurse myself (like another commenter), I agree entirely with your hub. While some may refrain from sharing personal stories, especially on such a public platform like HubPages, the general consensus behind research expresses that sharing these experiences--even to strangers, with a degree of caution, of course--can be therapeutic and inspiring.

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you so much for your comment, DIYmommy. It is definitely therapeutic, and I can only hope that it is inspiring to others in some way. Thank you for all you do in the nursing profession. I admire you!

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