Why did I decide to start a blog? Lately I’ve been doing a lot of internal reflection and discovered that I do have opinions that I rarely express to anyone outside my family on subjects that matter to me. I am not an activist; that just is not who I am. Although, I have to admire people who feel adamantly enough to act on their beliefs and follow through regardless of whether or not I agree with their beliefs. Personally I am a peacemaker. Relationships are important to me. When I converse with someone I barely know I try to be pleasant and inoffensive in any way. Occasionally I will stick my foot in my mouth and say something that someone takes exception to, but rarely. I have found that it is really better to keep my mouth shut and just listen. That tendency has an effect. Often I find that in public when an innocent conversation is struck up with a stranger it turns into the person unloading and telling me their life story, so to speak. I don’t usually mind. I am a sympathetic ear and some people just don’t have anyone who will listen; others may tell everyone. I don’t know and it really doesn’t matter. They are all God’s people and my purpose here is to “love His people” So I listen and I sympathize with woes and hardships. After all, I’ve had some very real hardships in my life but they haven’t taken away my joy. Maybe for some people I encounter that is all they need to hear. That in spite of hardships we can still have joy in our lives.
So why am I starting this blog? To do a little unloading of my own. People don’t have to read it for me to be content with getting my musings out there. If some read and comment then I will certainly do my best to reply, even if it is with nothing more than a thank you for your comment. I don’t like to argue over issues so if someone wants to argue then they will have to find some other forum for that. If people disagree with me that is fine, I do not feel the need to convince anyone to share my opinions.
I have enough things on my list of topics that if I post once a week I can go about 3 months. So, it is my intent to post once a week, probably on Mondays but no guarantee there. Check back weekly to see if I’ve written anything new in my personal reflections. I’m sure that by the end of three months I’ll have a longer list.