Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Cara: Thoughts on things

So yesterday we got a "lovely" comment from someone who obviously takes offense to my life and my writing about it. Odd, since I thought what you look at or read on the internet was of your own choice? I know there are things I would find offensive on the internet that I choose not to look at or read. I have Facebook "friends" that I enjoy keeping up to date with by reading their posts or looking at their pictures if I don't want to I don't look/read. Just sayin'. But really now that's enough time given to insignificant people/events.

Truth be told, some many experiences, good or bad provide fodder for blogging. Some days the writing floods my brain and I can't type fast enough. Others I am stuck. Not today. So are here are some of my thoughts on some of the things in my head...

Blogging. "Why do you blog?" people have asked us. We started almost 2 years ago (wow) after reading and hearing about another very popular blog and thought...we can do this! So here we are still going strong. We both like to write. I can only speak for myself but, I like to share what I learn along the way. Not that I have all the answers, because I most certainly do not. I like to celebrate the ordinary. I hope to connect to people that read and maybe they can walk away thinking about something in a new way or feeling someone else understands or gets them. I know I like when people "get me". I love to learn new things from other people and apply them to my life or write about them. We kept this kinda quiet for awhile. We told only a few people that we had a blog. It's a little scary putting yourself out there. You leave yourself WIDE open for comments or negative feedback. (yesterday is a case in point) Now that it seems to be getting out there a little more all the time it, may turn into a whole can of worms. That can be good or bad. But I am ready. Bring it on.

 Mediocrity attacks excellence. So true I think. We probably have all been guilty of that once or twice. Maybe we were feeling not really up to par and maybe cutting someone else down to made ourselves feel better and we were probably much younger then. I would like to think I am at a place where I make myself feel better by doing better or being better. Not by knocking someone else down. Actually I know I am. I don't move ahead by stepping on people. I usually drag the people I love along with me. So as long as you are trying to be good, do the right thing, take care of the people you love then you are striving for your excellence. Mediocre people don't like that and they will always try to knock you down. Don't let them.

Surround yourself with people who hold you up and do the same in return. It really does matter. Recently when someone tried to knock me down I was overwhelmed at who ran to hold me up. At first I was surprised. But then I thought what are you surprised about? These are all good people, people with principles, people who celebrate others' accomplishments and can be happy for someone else. What else would I expect? One good thing about being a grown-up is you get to "play" with who you want.  You get to choose. Apparently I choose very well. And I would do the same for all of them as well.

Some days lessons are learned. Yesterday I learned that I really can block out the noise. I am truly comfortable most days in my own skin. You can make lemonade outta lemons. When you treat people right it does come back to you.


Anonymous said...

Keep on doing what you do...

Moongate said...

The insides of my kitchen cabinets are riddled with clippings of funny or inspirational sayings, cards and notes my kids have written/drawn for me, tips on what household uses vinegar will fulfill, even the eating schedule my babies were on... 8 and 9 years ago... Anyway, this one came to mind and i wanted to share:

Do Good Anyway
People can be unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered, love them anyway. When you do the right thing, some people will acuse you of a "holier than thou motive". Do the right thing anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. Honesty and integrity will make you unlovable. Be honest anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Little people will try to shoot down your big ideas. Think big anyway.
What you spend years building can be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth. Give the world - and especially the people around you - your best anyway.

Doesn't sound very promising at times, but i guess the message is that it is better to give your best than to hold back and risk all the rewards that life has to offer... Brings me to another notion... "you risk everything when you risk nothing".

Vulnerability is the most honest thing we have to share with one another and... The hardest thing to share... Keep sharing anyway.

christina said...

I just joined your blog.. Love it!!! ♥Christina♥

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