I started this blog to share some stories, some thoughts, some dreams, some laughs, some tears. I started it for many reasons that all centered around wanting to share something with people — wanting to share a connection with people. It’s been hard at times. A blog is hard at times. I think there comes a point when you try to share stories that will touch others… will maybe inspire them or at least make them pause. And then, at some point, it seems that the original intent might be lost.
I’ve shared way more on the pages of this blog than I possibly have in the physical world. I think that must be normal. Many friends I’ve made through blogging, I think, share a shy introverted spirit that diminishes when a keyboard is used. I’ve never considered myself shy or introverted and those of you who know me in the physical world are most likely laughing at the thought of that possibility. I love being in the crowd. I love having the (positive) attention. I love the physical connection associated with real world relationships. But, here I am. On a blog. Drawn ever more closely to those people who I may never have an opportunity to meet in the physical world. It’s sad, really. I feel an incredible bond with many people I know through this keyboard and yet the thought of never sharing a hug or a glass of wine or hearing them laugh at my droll one-liners is unsettling.
It IS scary. Not only for me, but for the blogger who is loved by thousands with every word she types, for the best-selling novelist who faces the brunt of criticism head-on through the words that others have typed. It is scary to put yourself out here, in this forum and wait. Wait for someone to read and for someone to respond and for someone to connect.
But here is where it all makes sense — in moments of positivity. That’s what we are all striving for in life, in blogs, in friendships, in relationships… in life. Those moments of positivity when things reek with the intoxicating smell of something positive. Positive connections can come without warning — and often do… thankfully.
I think wherever you find positivity is where you should be… there, surrounded by it. By the people and events who take your breath away and hold you close and surround you — there… wrapped in the moments of positivity.
A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain? ~~ Kahlil Gibran
(Picture from Kind over Matter)