I have experienced first hand the power in having others comment on my blog posts. Their words add another rich dimension to the power of the writing and sharing process. So, for the month of June, I’ve decided that my posts will be focusing on the blogs of others. My plan is to highlight the work of other bloggers and share my comments, both within their blogs and within my own. I would like to challenge others to do the same ~ find a post that resonates with you (either because you agree or disagree with it) and share your comments. You will certainly brighten the day of the blogger, as you push yourself to articulate your thinking in a public forum.
I’ll do my best to share the work of a different blogger each day. For those of you who have recently entered the world of blogging as a result of some recent inspiration, I’ll be checking in on you regularly in my quest to highlight your work.
My first comment is on Ron Baker’s site. I’ve never met him in person, but I had the pleasure of being in the audience for many of his sermons when he was the Associate Pastor at Forest City Community Church.
Here is the link to his latest post ~ Regrets, I’ve had a Few…
Here is my comment!
I can’t imagine that there’s a person out there who cannot relate to the notion of regret; whether it is promises broken, harsh words spoken in anger, rage or jealousy or lost opportunities.
In packing a suitcase, we get to purposely choose what we put in it, though. I wonder if we need to be more intentional about the stories and feelings and the emotional baggage that we select. What if we selected good memories and reminders of the all the times we helped, inspired or motivated others? Sometimes, populating our life with the positive helps ease the pain of the negative.
As for forgiveness, I can remember the exact day when it finally hit me that regardless of all of all of my past and probably future transgressions, the One who really mattered had already and will forevermore forgive me. It was the 2014 Easter service at FCC. One never knows when or how it will happen, but you sure as heck know when it does happen because there’s no turning back.
I love how you connected your thinking to a song ~ something that I often do. So, I went to the lyrics from “My Way” and decided that when my life is over and someone opens my suitcase I hope that they’ll see evidence that,
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing!
Thanks for sharing such a thought-provoking post!
Comments are the gift that lets us know someone has not only read our words, but that we have touched them. Those precious moments they are willing to share can be enough to create a smile or change a day. It sounds like you are out to spread positivity in the (blog) world and I applaud you for it.
Looking forward to this June theme and finding lots of new blogs to follow. Thanks.
Powerful words on a powerful topic. We alone hold the keys to self acceptance and forgiveness. We set our path towards opportunity or we can hold ourselves back if we listen to the negative self talk in our heads.
As I have studied mindfulness and meditation over the past few years I have found it easier to stay focused on the present, rather than stressing about the future or beating myself up for what has or has not happened in the past.
There are times though when I lay awake in the middle of the night and my mind spins and spins replaying situations from my past as I wonder if I could have changed the outcome had my decisions been different. In these moments it is harder to stop the thinking and focus my mind, but when I do I can reframe the process and remember that I can approach things differently next time around.
It is harder to forgive ourselves than it is to forgive others. When I find myself falling into the negative self talk I stop and ask myself I how would treat my friend if they were in this same situation – the answer is usually with compassion and an offer of support – which I then try and provide to myself.
Thanks for the spotlight on another perspective – it started my day off with a more positive outlook for what is ahead!