I was reading Sherie’s blog, The Otherside of Ugly Letters to Humanity. One of the things I like about Sheri is she speaks to us humans with her own words. She herself has not forgotten that she is human. She speaks to us from her emotions and experiences. I comment, she responds. She reads my writing and responds. There are times neither of us may not have anything to say and that is fine.
I read a lot of blogs. Many of the writers are plagued with hubris they believe that they are the sun shining bright. That we, in blogger sphere should revolve around their words, art, quotes, photos and games. I understand time constraints and real life taking a toll on blogging life. But I too have a life, yet I humbly take the time to read and sometimes comment on many of the post my fellow bloggers share. They, you and I want someone to see, read and feel what we share with the world. We forget that to create art we need to be inspired for the creative juices to flow. Why not be inspired by fellow bloggers who want and need the same attention for their self-esteem to be stroked just as you and I need to be stroked.
Let me also say, I don’t have followers contrary to Word Press description of the readers of my blog. I’m not a leader, you guys are my peers. Each of you that holds a PhD to those who didn’t graduate high school are my equal. Neither of us is any better than the other. I humbly subscribe to your blog to read not to increase my stats. I ask that if you “follow” my blog, that you honor me by reading and commenting once in a while. Just so it’s not a one-sided relationship. If what I write is of no interest to you than un-follow me. Don’t just follow me to entice me to follow you.
The other day one of my friends praised my writing. I was humbled by his words. He told me some time ago he rather write than read the writings of other bloggers. At the time I didn’t agree. I believed to have readers I should read others. I’m not so sure about that now I have somewhere over 700 subscribers and under 30 daily readers. The same friend said he un-followed everyone but two people and I am one of the two that he continues to follow. I am in awe of that statement and honored to have him as a reader. He is someone who I know really appreciates what I write. He is a truly honest person. He really writes for himself. Can we shed our ego cloak?
There are bloggers who want to share enlightenment which is a wonderful thing. But as Sheri says anyone can share quotes from Rumi, Buddha, Gandhi, Osho or any of the spiritual teachers. You can get their books free or close to free on Amazon so why should we follow you to read quotes that are already available to us. If you are spiritually enlightened, touched by the divine teaching of love, peace and happiness, whether you are washed in the blood of Jesus or any of the attributes of God, share your understanding. Not the quotes. This way you can lead and enlighten. Matthew 22:14 says. “Many will be called but only few would be chosen.” You can not choose yourself, you can walk the walk and talk the talk but that doesn’t make you a messenger. Do you think Shakespeare, Aristotle, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Kennedy , Obama or any great person in history chose to become the men/woman they became? Look at the new Pope Francis. He has stepped into the chair as the high ruler of the Catholic religion and is moving from their traditional beliefs. The world is changing and he’s changing with it. He is loved and revered by the Catholics. Even I who was turned off by the Catholic religion as a child respect this man and his approach.
It is 2014 and we are walking among the sleeping masses that need to be awakened. The alarm clock is ringing, can’t you hear it. Can’t you wake up with the stream of light shining in your window? Is the world too loud to hear and enjoy the birds waking with the rising sun? When I started blogging on Word Press there was a blogger who wanted to promote peace. I said to her one person at a time. However that wasn’t good enough for her. She didn’t just want one person to hear her message she wanted everyone to hear. I told her she needs to start with one and the one will eventually make two and so on then the world will get her message.
You see we get so blinded by our own light shining bright, that we don’t realize if we cluster together we might just make a milky way that will light the universe. If we shine alone we might burn out so we need to share our light. We all have a purpose and reason for walking this earth. I believe we should be humble, kind, caring, thoughtful and loving.