Last week, Ivon Prefontaine (ivonprefontaine.wordpress.com) graciously included me among of list of bloggers he appreciates. His blog – “Teacher As Transformer” – delights, teases the imagination, encourages wonder and provides glimpses of beauty that can leave one sighing. I look forward to his posts, never knowing what I will read yet confident that I will feel inspired in some way. So first and foremost – thank you Ivon, for expanding my view, sharing your perspective and generously including me in this wonderful circle of impressive talent.
Interestingly, what Ivon appreciates about this blog helps me to meet the requirement of completing the sentence “A blog is…”. Although I’m hopeful that he enjoys the content most of the time, my posts weren’t the driver for his inclusion of me ‘in the circle’. Ivon appreciates the dialogues that occur after a post is published, that I respond to each comment. Of course I write back – that’s the greatest joy of blogging to me.
In my head, a blog is a conversation. The post in and of itself represents the context for further discussion – and it is the feedback that propels the movement from one topic to another. I have no illusions about my talent as a writer – I wouldn’t buy a book of mine even if I had the focus to write one. I write as I speak, tangents included. What I am though, is really curious about how we think about the world, how we react to the big and little experiences that occur throughout our days. I will share an observation – from the silly to the sublime – to ‘hear’ what you think. It’s not a selfless expression, for I learn about myself while on the karma truck too. Those lessons? That should wait for another day.
The pleasure of being in a circle is found in the expectation that one can expand it further. As such, I am asked to invite two more bloggers along. This is tricky, for there are many I follow and admire and appreciate deeply. So I offer two, with the caveat that I could write an entire post just listing the incredible people who have found me and who I have found.
I appreciate Cathy Ulrich who writes largeself.com for the wide breadth of topics and genres she so beautifully introduces on her blog. I love her sensitivity to that which is around her, even if it is the subtle bend of a petal on a flower.
And I appreciate Keith who writes firstname.lastname@example.org. Keith also addresses diverse topics and observations on his blog. I appreciate his humor, his patience and consistent return to lessons about walking through life with the gentlest of steps. And he doesn’t mind answering some of my really ignorant questions!
Again, there are so many – and I would venture to guess that you know who you are because I have written about you often. You are all in my circle, because without you there is no conversation, there is no back-and-forth that define the best of relationships. For me that’s the best delivery from the karma truck.