People who have near death experiences all talk about a peaceful, euphoric , bright light enveloping them. From the moment we are conceived, we are moving towards that light. This is my heels diggin' in, I don't wanna' go, reluctant journey, into the light. Stephen

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Kill The Blog / Fail

Obviously I have not been motivated to devote time and energy to this blog.  Half a dozen times I had a finger poised above the delete button.  But, yesterday, I was reminded that there is a role, small though it may be that I can play on the great big wonderful internet.

  We live in troubled times and too often we end up missing opportunities to have our lives enriched, our perspectives broadened, or miss a chance to be a positive influence, because of apathy, ignorance, or anger.  A brick is just a brick, but many bricks can become a cathedral.  This blog is just one of my bricks.

A perfect example would be Brigid and Shannon.  Complete strangers become as sisters.  Shannon stumbled onto my blog and followed my blogroll to Brigid.  I'm not part of that new relationship, but by this blog being here, a connection was made.  That nexus continues to grow.  It makes me very happy.

Despite not posting on this blog, I still follow and occasionally comment on all those blogs on my sidebar.  They are touchstones for me.  No less important than coffee and a crisp newspaper.  Like clockwork, I run through my favorites list early every morning.  Including Lex.  You will notice Brigid's Home On The Range on Lex' blogroll.  Another cool thing I had a hand in. By having the courage to drop a couple little notes, two spheres of influence far beyond my own modest little blog interfaced.  It made me very happy.

Then yesterday, this happened.  Loralee has been one of my favorite bloggers for a couple years now, and when I saw her over at Lex' place, I was surprised. Pleasantly.  Then after absorbing the shock from Loralee's post, I headed for Neptunus Lex.  And saw this.  You need to go read the comments on both posts to fully understand what happened.  Again, it wasn't about me, but rather,  that by participating, I had a teensie little part in these two completely different worlds coming together. It made me very happy.

This is why I'm going to continue this blog.  I want to continue to have a small, but not insignificant part in bringing diverse voices together, so that not only those blogging talents I admire and follow, but their followers as well, can have their lives enriched by broadened perspectives, and thoughtful and civil discourse.


Loralee Choate said...

I'm so glad you are continuing to write, Stephen. Our bumping into each other over there will remain in my "top awesome blogging moments of all time" (And I have had some damn cool blogging moments. You MIGHT have even beat out meeting Julie Andrews. Maybe. :)) xo

Stephen said...

Just between you and me Loralee, I could watch The Sound of Music over and over until it wears out, and then rack up Mary Poppins. As a matter of fact, right over there in my piano bench is a Mary Poppins songbook that I have had since I was a kid and though dog-eared to the max, I treasure it.

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Shannon said...

It's almost as if you'd reached into my very own brain and pulled out those periodic self-defeating thoughts just to put them into words that I haven't been able to come up with. You contribute and your words are significant, Stephen. Keep hammering at those keys and hitting the publish link, even if it only happens rarely - it all counts.

Stephen said...

Thanks Shannon. You guys are truly friends.

Brigid said...

I for one am glad you are back, even if time didn't permit the comments.

As to the sound of music? Love it, could watch it on my deathbed.

The scene where the Captain finally tells her he loves her, priceless.

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