A Hug and a Goodbye…for now…#WATWB


Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media had been weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there.

We hoped to share stories that showed kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, we knew there was a positive, heartwarming story that would add some light and lift the human spirit thus the inception of #WATWB in 2017. Our mission was simply to flood the web with positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others.

As I mentioned last month, sadly, this will be our last #WATWB post. It marks our fifth anniversary and our fifty-fifth post which feels like a satisfying place to bid adieu. I can’t say enough how grateful I am to all co-hosts and bloggers who have been here month after month spreading light during some particularly challenging times on both personal and global levels. I want to especially thank Damyanti Biswas for co-founding this adventure with me and Ashlynn Waterstone who month after month gave it her all, promoting positivity by running our FB page and making sure our positive messages reached the masses.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have participated over the years. I feel truly blessed to have read some beautiful uplifting posts and crossed paths with some incredibly talented bloggers on my journey. For me #WATWB changed the way I navigated the world wide web. Instead of being bogged down by the negativity online I was instead inspired, constantly on the lookout for positive stories to share, even during challenging times. It seemed like a small shift, but I would like to think it changed me for the better and I hope it was as positive for all who participated. As all good things must come to an end for our last share, the two co-hosts, this month will be Sylvia McGrath and myself, Belinda Witzenhausen.

If you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.”. ~ Wayne Dyer

 Now onto my post…

I am a hugger, there I admit it, and like most huggers COVID was hard on me, it definitely curtailed my natural tendency to issue hugs on a whim. One thing I kept reminding myself is that Covid would eventually end and hopefully, life would return to normal. Imagine the thought though of never being able to hug your loved ones again. Well, that was the reality Kevin Eubanks lived with when eight years ago a stroke paralyzed one arm rendering it difficult for Kevin to even hug his family. Kevin was heartbroken that due to his limitations he would never be able to hug his grandchildren…but that all changed. When Eubank’s daughter Emily Sisco, occupational therapy assistant and adjunct professor at Arkansas State University, challenged her students to come up with a solution that would assist him, that is exactly what they did. Her students created “The Hugger aka “HugAgain”, a strap that can be used to help raise the arm, in order to give, and get hugs. This story hit home as I had a loved one in a similar situation, sadly they passed but I know that this would have made his life a bit brighter. The video below shows Kevin’s reaction on his first try…(warning keep tissues handy). *sniffles*🤗🤗🤗

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In closing, I will continue to share posts that carry with them the spirit that was so beautifully seen in #WATWB and I hope you too will continue to be a light in the darkness! If you post something that you feel would be perfect for #WATWB please feel free to share using the hashtag (#WATWB) post the link on our Facebook Page Wall (@watwbcommunity) or drop us a mention on twitter @WATWB.

✨A huge THANK YOU again! Be well and keep shining…. ✨

“Even a single lamp dispels the deepest darkness. ~”Mahatma Gandhi

13 thoughts on “A Hug and a Goodbye…for now…#WATWB”

  1. I’m a hugger too. It has been difficult the past few years, Belinda. This creation of the students has the potential to make a world of difference and it definitely brought light into his darkness. Thank you for all you’ve done over the past five years. Virtual hugs coming your way.

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  2. Thank you so much for the shout-out, Belinda. It’s been wonderful working with you and all the #WATWB cohosts to bring the public all the positive stories the bloggers have had to share. I think it’s wonderful that those students were able to create the “hugger”.

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    1. Thank YOU! You’ve been such a trooper always going above and beyond! You were such an amazing help, we couldn’t have done it without you. ❤ I know I wish they would have had this sooner for someone I knew who was in the exact same spot. I sniffled through the whole video, his grandkids smile made me melt. Thanks again for all of your help throughout the years.

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  3. Oh, this video was so touching, and I cried right along with him. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to be part of #WATWB for the last several years. I will continue to carry on the tradition you folks have started; it’s meant so much to me and lifted up so many.

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    1. Oh, me too, my poor hubby wondered what was wrong with me lol. 🤧
      Thank YOU! We couldn’t have done it without all of the wonderful bloggers who stepped up to help share their positive posts. It was truly a pleasure to meet you and connect with you on #WATWB! I’ll be sure to share your posts!☺️


  4. Hi Belinda – what a wonderful story … such a tearful delight to see – and such a simple idea, which will bring so much joy to so many. The #WATWB journey has been so inspiring … I dipped my toe in, and then got hooked and settled to regular postings. We all learnt so much from others around the world – the things that helped so many, shed light and positivity into people’s worlds – it was a wonderful inspiration from you all. I’m glad to see it’ll probably continue in some format even without the monthly commitment … I’ll be posting tomorrow – cheers to one and all. Hilary

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    1. Thanks so much Hilary, having known someone who was in the exact same situation it tugged at my heartstrings. A huge heartfelt THANK YOU for being a part of #WATWB we couldn’t have done it without amazing bloggers such as yourself. It has been a honour. I know many of us will continue to share a little positivity where we can. It has definitely been an amazing journey for me. Thanks again!🤗

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  5. Belinda, thank you for being on the forefront of WATWB and always keeping us together the past five years. It has been an honor to participate in this positivity blogfest and if I could, I would give you a big hug (I’m a hugger too) in person. Loved the video and how Kevin’s daughter gave him the ability to hug again. I don’t know what I would do if I could not hug again as that is one small gesture that is huge to the human heart.

    Thanks again for all you have done to help shine a light on what is good in humanity and on this earth. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Awww HUGS rightbackatchya!🤗 It really was such an amazing journey and I feel so blessed to have had the support of so many incredible people such as yourself. Thanks so much for sticking with us and for being such an amazing part of #WATWB.🤗

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  6. Oh my goodness Belinda! Thank you for the warning of having tissues handy! But at the same time my heart just expanded at seeing Kevin Eubanks’ response at receiving those hugs from his grandsons! And the boys clearly loved hugging their grandfather.
    Thank you sooo much for getting #WATWB off the ground. It’s been an honour to be part of it all. In the meantime, all good health to you and family – keep on shining the light and have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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    1. I know I sniffled through the entire video lol🤧
      #WATWB was such a great experience, it has changed my outlook for the better. Thanks so much for being a part of #WATWB. We couldn’t have done it without wonderful bloggers such as yourself! A HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU!🤗

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