Time To Refill My Pitcher

Last Update: January 10, 2018

I shared with some friends recently the need for adequate rest and rejuvenation. I likened it to a pitcher full of water. We can use that pitcher to water the flowers, and watch the beautiful blooms of new life. But if we don't take the time to refill that pitcher, it is soon empty and of no value whatsoever to those flowers. An empty pitcher can only watch the blooms whither and die.

So it is with ourselves. I love helping people, that is part of my nature. But I need to take some time now to fill my own pitcher, lest I soon tend to a dead garden. I moved here just over 2 years ago to care for my father after my mother died. His health and eyesight have been deteriorating. I knew that he had macular degeneration, but during today's doctor visit, he was diagnosed to be legally blind and can no longer drive.

While at the doctor, two of my clients texted me to let me know that their sites were down again - the second time in a week. I had just invoiced one of them for $1,500 and can fully understand their frustration. After I got home I emailed Support and they fixed the problem. I have asked for an explanation of the recent hosting issues, but have received no answer whatsoever.

I also see that my rank dropped from 45 to 90 overnight. I understand that changes to the algorithms have been made, and that's ok. But I'll say this. These algorithms do not take into account the 2 sites I recently reformatted for fellow WA members, nor the countless PMs with CSS coding and other types of tech support. There is no way that WA can apply some sort of metric to the way that I help others behind the scenes.

And that's ok too, because I'm not helping people from a desire for a pat on the back or a gold star. I help people because it's the right thing to do. And right now, I need to help me. I'll still be here on WA, and have no intention of going anywhere. I had planned to publish a training tomorrow, but I think I need to focus my efforts on my sites and those who are closest in my life.

Tomorrow is never promised, and today is a gift. I need to refill my pitcher. Peace friends.


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dzdozen Premium
Hey Bob,
It's important to take time for yourself....when in reality you'll be taking care of your father. My dad also has the same visual ailment just not as progressive yet.

I'm new here so I haven't been fortunate to have much communication with you but will anxiously await your return and contributions.

Take care
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thank you Dominick, I appreciate you. Peace my friend. :-)
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GailLowe Premium
Hi Bob

Thanks for posting this and I totally understand about needing to look after yourself and your family first. I know you said you'll be around so I'll look forward to keeping in touch with you here and wish you all the best with the work you are doing. Thanks for connecting with me here and for reading and replying to my posts and thanks also for all the help you have given to myself and others, which, although may not be recognised in the new ranking system, is deeply appreciated by the people you help.
Take care my friend and all the best for a successful and peaceful day.
Gail
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks Gail, I appreciate your friendship. :-)
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GailLowe Premium
Likewise - I wrote a post yesterday too as I too fell in the ranks. I think it's an interesting system but please don't let it affect how you think of your work here (I know you won't) because everything you do is truly valued very highly and we are all only pawns in the great game anyway.
I wish you and your family all the best. Sending big hugs. Gail
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thank you Gail. I saved your post to read this morning, will dig into that soon after I tend to dad for a bit. Peace. :-)
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Bob, sorry to hear about your father.
Everything you mentioned is more than a handful, and I'm sad I won't see you around anymore. But, I fully understand and would be doing the same thing.

Thank you so much, for all the help you have given me.
Ms. Illiterate as I am, I really appreciate it.

Wishing you and your family all the best!
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks Patsy. I'll be around, just limiting my outreach to find balance. To be clear, I am much more concerned with the hosting issues than any type of ranking system that is implemented here. However, on that note, it would be nice to see a ranking system that credited the accuracy of the contributor's post rather than one who churns out incorrect information and/or mindless drivel. Peace my friend. :-)
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DEversley Premium
Hi Bob!
You are quite noble in your post and in your attitude to life.
This is a new year and "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do."
Totally get it.

You go and focus on what you need to at present.

I wish your father well and I also wish you favor in your business ventures.
I really hope that your clients remain and that you get many more.

Al the best and much success, Bob!
Blessings!
David
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks my brother, I greatly appreciate you reaching out. :-)
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verazhelvis Premium
So, so true, Bob.I know you are doing what you are doing not for the rank or glory.
But I want to publically say that I am one of those who you immensely helped, answering endless mail and doing things on the site. Without you it wouldn't look the way it looks now.Thank you thousands times.
And yes, take a rest Refill your pitcher. I will pray for you. Right now.
Peace, friend.:)))
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks my dear friend, the full enjoyment of helping you has been to see you grow and become more confident. You have accomplished quite a lot in a short time and you have a ton of potential. I will continue to encourage you and am thankful for your friendship. Peace Vera. :-)
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verazhelvis Premium
You are so very kind and generous, King Bob. Thank you. I pray that God be returning everything in abundance and that you be really rejuvinated. God bless!:)
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