I finally got around to signing up for the Freshly Pressed posts – I’m slow on the uptake sometimes, I just live in my own wee world….. It has taken me a while to figure out that some of the bloggers I follow are using the weekly and daily prompts to express themselves, to practise the art of photography, poetry, writing – whatever it is they are into, and I have been so impressed with many of the posts I am reading on a regular basis.
Inevitably I decided to join in too.
And this has meant that even more of my time has been spent drifting about in the blog-o-sphere getting to know a few more folk, dipping in and out of lives like a ghostly eavesdropper….. sometimes leaving a message, sometimes not. Sometimes remembering to click ‘follow this blog’ and sometimes not [which I know will lead to a moment of angst when I want to find that post or person again.]
I’m new at this stuff and have been amazed at the world that exists here – I wrote a post a couple of weeks back titled I Like Blogging! where I attempted to explain all the unexpected delights I was discovering, and now those delights just keep on increasing.
There are so many interesting people out there – it feels like I can sit in my wee home and meet the entire world! I’m in danger of never actually doing anything ever again – I may just spend the rest of my days sitting in front of my computer, reading about all the things other people are doing and experiencing!
I enjoy posts from all kinds of people, on all kinds of subjects and I especially enjoy a good chuckle, if not a belly laugh.
But – and now I’m getting to the point of this post – more and more I am reading autobiographical posts that are heart-wrenchingly honest and open and wounded and raw.
I have read posts that leave me sitting silent at the final word, or saying ‘Wow!’ out loud – posts that remind me of – or take me back through – my own life experiences, posts that make me sit up and take notice, posts that move me to tears.
Some posts deserve slow and careful reading to truly take in the events, to taste the descriptions, to hear the music, to touch the soul of the writer.
All are open and honest and trusting that their words will be read with respect if not full understanding and empathy,
I read their words and I meet the soul of the writer – the shining being who is suffering or who has suffered, and who is over-coming and is learning and growing and becoming stronger and wiser.
Pain gives us the opportunity to grow and mature and become better people. Through pain we may learn our life-lessons, to develop our empathy and intuition and perhaps even get an inkling of an understanding of our reason for being here. Painful events do not define us, it is what we do with those events that we will be remembered for.
This then is the real gift of the blog-o-sphere. In our fast paced, ever moving, technologically driven modern time when community is fast becoming an endangered concept, and more and more people live outside of the accepted ‘norm’ the blog-o-sphere offers a new community – an enlarged extended family of people interested in people, supporting and caring, empathising and listening to each other.
So I remain impressed, I am enchanted and most of all I am uplifted to see that here there is a safe platform for expression of personal pain and a community that allows that expression and responds in kind with affirmations, sympathy, empathy and sometimes even [the kindest of] humour.
Rock on bloggers!
And if you knew all this before I apologise for taking up your time – but thanks for reading to the end 🙂
And I promise this is my last post about my thoughts on blogging 🙂
Have a great day and reach out to someone who needs to hear your voice, feel your empathy and touch your soul.