Sunday, March 22, 2009

The many ways we help each other



Blogging is a teaching community, a mind opening community. It's my morning routine, drinking tea and reading blogs. I wish I had time to read more blogs, I do. I love the unvarnished, unedited thoughts of my fellow bloggers. I love the global aspect of blogging and am thrilled with blogfellows who live as far away from Washington DC as is possible without leaving the planet. I love being reminded that it's fall equinox as well as spring equinox, that there are places where a person can forget about Easter but remember all the Muslim holidays.

OK I'm gushing this morning but if you read the comments on the post I published yesterday, you'll see why. The intelligence, thoughtfulness, compassion and humanity of the people commenting is such a gift! Wow.

Thank you everyone who commented, everyone who didn't, but who thinks about the why's and what's of life. Because of bloggers and blogging, I'm just a little bit smarter than I used to be, a little bit more compassionate, open minded, and willing to expand and reshape my world view. All of you reading this? Take the friendship award on the left side of this page and pass it on. All of us bloggers help each other so so smuch. Thank you thank you thank you! I mean it.

27 comments:

tut-tut said...

I missed your blog yesterday, and look what happened! I too love the connections I"ve made and the discoveries and ideas that others put out there.

John Hayes said...

Great thoughts on the global & community nature of blogging--its real strengths, I think. Your mornings sound a lot like mine in that respect (except substitute coffee for tea); & your blog certainly enriches its readers.

Wildeve said...

Hi Reya, I am reading ths post before the one you wrote yesterday-I just wanted to let you know that your blog is so thoughtful and insightful- it always gets me thinking, and your posts stay with me for days and days... I'm amazed at how you can concentrate life into something I can read and see and identify with so strongly- and then come up with something just as cool the next day. So thank YOU.

Vegs said...

lovely photo!

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Hi R.,
Keep gushing!

mary said...

Good Morning - I spend my mornings with you as well and love it. Your blog makes me think and think and sometimes I think smoke comes out my ears - but its all good. Never easy - but good. Thank YOU Reya!

runmotman said...

no, no...thank you. Never stop making us think.

Elizabeth said...

Yes, I love blogging because we come across so many kindred spirits out there....

Tessa said...

Indeed we do - and how lucky we are to have this way of connecting and learning as each of us write our own modern-day memoirs.

Larry said...

Blogging changed my life -- it's a wonderful way to meet interesting people that otherwise you would never have even known about.

It's sort of a vast interlocking social network. Link leads to link, and you find someone writing really good stuff, you leave an appreciative comment, etc., etc.

The down side is that there isn't enough time to keep up with everyone! I try, though...

Keep up the good work, Reya! I value your observations.

debra said...

We are all connected and really do live in the same town, I think. This is an amazing Universe.
What a tool the internet is to connect us!

Cynthia said...

So true, Reya, I also learn from my blogging partners...they share so much of their heart in comments and in their blogs. I feel we are fortunate to live in this time to share in this way. I feel so fortunate that I can connect with so many diverse people...people who might not be approachable (even in person)otherwise. Thank you for this post! <3

Mrsupole said...

Thank you Reya,

I too am hooked on your blog, and I always appreciate it that you visit mine. It means a lot to get your comments. It means a lot to get everyone's comments. Sometimes I write about deep things and other times like today I wrote about something useful, "toilet paper". But it was important to me and the day before "Hugs" was given out to so many who needed it. I felt lighthearted due to spring is in the air.

Yes, we are a family, and I am enjoying everyone so much. Does Jake know he has so many Aunties and Uncles who love to see his pictures all the time. Does DC know we love touring the normal sites beyond measure. We do these through your eyes and thoughts. You are our Reya. We love you so much for doing this. So we take this award and give it back to you ten fold.

All I can say to you is Thank you and God bless. I hope you truly know how much those visits mean to all of us.

Mrs. E said...

So true. Reading other blogs inspires, motivates, and gives me food for thought. We may live worlds apart, but we have more in common than not. We truly are a global community with the same fears, worries, joys, and pain. And the blogs I read remind me of that.

Bee said...

I love the way your photo illustrates this theme . . . just the tops of houses, with all of the delicate streaks of cloud (or jet stream?) radiating upwards and outwards.

Blogging has certainly enriched my life -- for all of the reasons described by you and the other commenters here. xx

California Girl said...

Yes. I am learning from reading blogs. What intrigues me is how in synch I am with so many of them. I can't decide if I'm just following those with whom I share similar viewpoints or v.v. I try to keep expanding the reading via Blogs of Note but find myself checking the blogs others, like yourself, list on their page. It is, initially, the blog titles that grab me.

When new people leave comments on my posts, I read their blogs. That is exciting and points me in new directions as well.

Ronda Laveen said...

It is true. I have only been blogging since the first of this year but it has truly changed my life. I was caught quite off guard. This wasn't something I expected from blogging. The community has established a huge, global grid of interconnectedness. For this, I am grateful.

Pauline said...

blogging is a teaching community - I so agree!

Ronda Laveen said...

Oh, the photos! The top one looks like a giant God(dess) explosion. And I love the multiverse of Jake's and Reya's in the slide show.

Peggy said...

I count you, Reya, as one of my blogging friends, among my many blessings. I've been away for a few weeks attending to some work-related stuff, and I've so missed keeping up with your insights here. It's good to be back! :)

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Wonderful thoughts. My normal routine (which has been interrupted this week) is to drink coffee & read blogs. Yours is usually my first up on my daily listing and always thoughtful and evocative.

Delwyn said...

Good morning from far across the world!

Your top photo shows the efflorescence of blogging...

Our posts connect us to one another and draw out common threads, rather like a giant ariadne, twisting and turning through the mazes of our individual lives and destinies to join in the universal thread of life and the common denominators of all experience...

Lisa said...

you are one of my 'must reads' and for all the world i couldnt tell you how i found you in the first place, im just so glad i did !!!
smooches dear sister xx

Steve said...

Those thanks go both ways, you know. All ways, actually -- in all directions. :)

Fantastic Forrest said...

Reya,

I totally share your viewpoint on this.

And thanks to your work with your camera, I also get to share your view!

Hee hee!

Lori ann said...

A really wonderful post Reya, I just caught up with your last one also, it's true, there is much more to blogging than at first meets the eye. It's really a blessing for so many of us.

Angela said...

Must read your yesterday post now, didn`t get around to reading much these last days and MISSED it! You always teach me great things, Reya, and your thoughts spin on inside my head. I wish we could TALK one day.