Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.
The best things in life aren’t things – they’re friends. Friends are the people who come into your life and touch your soul with their laughter and kindness. Real friends are the people who help you attain greatness as a person. I am honored and blessed to have two such friends, writer and author, Melissa Barker-Simpson and writer and author, Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes.
While I was absent from my blog the last month or so, occupied with my move to Colorado, these two fine friends stepped onto the pages of Silver Threading and wrote blog posts from the heart. They gave me something precious, their time. To Mel and Ronovan:
There have been countless blog posts written that state the opinion that bloggers are not really friends. They are just people who you communicate with online. You don’t normally meet them in person, so they really are just virtual friends. I happen to disagree with that line of thought.
The many writers that I have gotten to know in our WordPress community since I started blogging, have become extraordinary friends to me. They have lifted me up and encouraged me. On top of that, these friends were not afraid to tell me what they truly think and feel. In fact, as in the case of Mel and Ronovan, I always feel like they have my back!
Did you ever consider that in many ways we know our blogging friends better than their own families know them? This is because we actually read what each other writes. We share a deeper connection because we bear our souls through our written words. We recognize that need for expression and acknowledge it though our comments on each other’s blogs. Sometimes those words are all that writer needs to reach out and try something new. This creates a chain reaction and friendship blooms.
Dr. Kathleen Hall from the mindfullivingnetwork.com, in her article called, “Building Authentic Friendships,” states:
“An authentic friendship goes beyond the surface-level pleasantries; it requires us to break down the walls we’ve built up to protect ourselves. In authentic friendships, there are genuine heart-to-heart discussions, in which we are both honest and empathetic. There is also understanding and respect, and everyone is free to be whom they are without feeling judged or unloved.”
“This type of friendship seems simple to achieve, but it’s rather rare. With the rise of social media, we constantly find ourselves connected with other people, but the connection is usually superficial with little meaning behind it. Social media also makes it easier for us to isolate ourselves. Many of our are too busy trying to make connections through our computers and smartphones, that we forget that strong friendships are more likely to develop through personal interaction.”
Never believe that friendship doesn’t exist in the virtual blogging world. Late this summer in the U.K. Hugh, from Hugh’s Views and News, posted an amazing video of the First Annual Blogger’s Bash. Click the link to meet a bunch of bloggers who became friends by meeting on-line.
Friendship does exist in the blogging community. If you are lucky enough to find it, please nurture it and remember to say, “Thank You.” Take the time to encourage others. It will come back to you tenfold!
My long journey from Florida to Colorado is finally over. I have missed all of you greatly. Thank you for being part of my life here on Silver Threading. I am happy to call you friends!
Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.
WHAT ARE YOUR MINDFUL GOALS FOR THIS WEEK?
Remember, this is not a challenge. This is an offering of support. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.