Blogging has been good for me.
I feel guilty saying it, as it seems I should be ‘changing the world’. Instead, blogging has been changing me.
I’m growing in my writing, even if my influence might be microscopic.
I’m growing in my faith –I’m being stretched by the great cloud of witnesses whose writing testifies to God’s goodness and grace.
I’m growing in humility – being a part of this oh-so-talented blogosphere of writers, keeps me in my place – small!
I’m growing in a multitude of tiny places – social media, photography, typography (I love fonts!), my own reading lists are growing (fact: writers are voracious readers and give fabulous suggestions that keep my reading lists long).
Today, my thanks goes out to each one of you ‘out there’ – in that large and gracious space – the blogosphere. I’ve been blessed by you!
This was one of my first lessons I learned through blogging. I read it first on ProBloggers.net.
It settled well in my heart – to be part of something that grows best in generosity.
This message has been consistent, through each of the writers groups I’ve participated in, and through the social media gurus I’ve followed. One of my favorites, Jeff Goins, says it well “Give into influence”. Can you beat that message?
I’ve found myself applying this mantra “Give generously” to other areas of my life.
It is a good principle to apply almost anywhere – in writing, in my thoughts towards others, in my responses to things I don’t ‘get’, in my attitude toward myself, toward my loved ones.
Be generous – it works!
This has been my moto in blogging. It goes well with the thought: ‘Life is a Journey, Not a Destination!’
Where am I going? I’m not quite sure.
For many writers, getting a book published is the goal. I started in that place, but, somewhere along the journey, I’ve changed. I’m writing my second book, but not for publishing, just for joy.
My next step is a small one. A weekly blog post, a clearer message. To bless.
That’s the direction I seek. I know today’s calling, but I’m not sure about tomorrow’s.
When my sister saw the river rock path I’d placed leading into our front gate, she explained to me the theory behind Japanese stepping stones (she’s one of those people who knows interesting facts about almost everything!).
Stepping stones slow you down and make you concentrate on the journey. The uneven stones require you stay focused on watching your next step.
The goal is to embrace the experience – to notice each step. The journey is more important than the destination.
That describes my blogging experience. A wonderful journey. I’m not sure where it’s leading, but each step has been an experience worth taking.
**Thanks to each one of you, for being a part of the journey!