Lately, I’ve been thinking about blogging- and writing in general, and what it is I’m wanting to say. Frankly the whole blog phenomena is a curious mystery to me. I don’t quite get why we bother, but I certainly lap up others word’s daily, and feel the urge to say my own piece from time to time. Why do we write or read about our ordinary days, or rather the facets of the day we can share with our heads held up? What compels me to go to certain sites daily, or drop others? I’m not wondering as a means to produce what others will love, like and share. In fact, I’m trying to forget about readers, to write without a crowd over my shoulder so that my writing can be as honest as possible, and leave it at that for whoever cares for it.
After considering my favourite morning reads, I have come to see a pattern in what I am drawn to. The writers of the blogs/articles I eat up come from vastly different walks of life from me and each other. They are Men, Women, Devout, Secular, Vegan, Paleo, They have lots of kids, or not, They homeschool, and they don’t. They are urban, they are rural.
The thread that ties them all together, and what I have come to love in them all, is a consistently positive, voice that seeks to ENCOURAGE who ever stops by. I think we can all use a little lift up from time to time. Maybe someone’s representation of their life will make us feel inadequate-but only if we choose to let it. We could instead choose to see it as inspiration; to find the beautiful moments in our own days.
Sure, I find the down in the trenches stories reassuring and funny, but these tales are not the bulk of what I’d like whispering in my thoughts all day. I want messages of plausible action, messages that call me to love more, and not stew in anger. To remind me we are all capable of attaining our goals if we do the work required. An article that leaves us slightly uncomfortable, in a knowing that we could be doing more, better or different, is the perfect catalyst to get us moving, and stop blaming others or circumstances for coming up short.
Are these people perfect? Have they mastered the secrets? Of course not. But they are choosing to use a different lens. They are willing to be honest, and do hard work. Most importantly, they are willing to share their voice with us, hoping to give us a gentle nudge towards joy. This underlying pulse is what keeps my attention, and is an outlook I strive to embody. Am I rocking this? Hardly, but I’m switching out my lens as much as possible.
Writing along with Write Alm’s January prompts.