A desire to connect?

As a blogger, there are a few blogs that I frequent either daily, weekly, or whenever a post is published. I find inspiration in the ideas shared, the writing style, and sometimes just like reading a memoir might jog your memory to a special moment in your past so do posts from fellow bloggers. I found Shauna Niequist’s blog last year after reading her book: “Bread & Wine.”

I then wrote a blog post sharing the Blueberry Crisp recipe from her book. I cannot count how many times we have indulged in that fine dish. I need to make sure I have more blueberries in the fridge as it is the perfect fall treat, and it has been a little while since we had it for Sunday dinner just as Niequist does.

Niequist’s post on October 13 titled: “Using Technology to Connect” hit home for me. Specifically this line:

“Because scrolling isn’t the same as connecting. And connection is what we’re longing for.”

Oh how often I feel that when late at night I peruse Facebook or Instagram and scroll, sometimes in a mind numbing and voyeuristic way. What if instead of scrolling and scrolling, I chose to contact that individual and tell them I was thinking about them? Earlier in her blog post she says:

“When I feel the impulse to scroll through images and updates about other people’s lives, what I’m finding is under that impulse to scroll is a desire to connect.”

I have to agree. Why do we get so addicted to social media? Is it to see and be seen? Is it to connect? What aspect of our lives have we lost because our first means to communicate is sometimes the most disconnected from human interaction. It is the sterile, lifeless, cold version. If we want to bring life back to our worlds and share warmth and support in a time of need then stop scrolling, pick up the phone, go next door or down the hall, and connect.

Be sure to go back and read Niequist’s post. It might just change the way you think today.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you, Robin from The Writing Life of Robin, for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. It is exciting to be nominated!

I have been blogging for just over 2 months, and will be posting my 50th blog later this week. I am grateful for all the individuals that have found me via the Internet, friends, Facebook, and for all the comments and feedback I have received on this new adventure for me.

The rules of accepting the nomination are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated me.
  2. Include a link to his/her blog.
  3. Nominate fifteen blogs I enjoy and follow.
  4. Lastly, tell you seven things about myself.

My list of seven things about me:

  1. I often make up my own words. Either from putting two words together to make my own word, or because my mind is going to fast, what comes out of my mouth has not caught up with my mind.
  2. I love babies and kids, although babies just have me at hello, but we have yet to start a family. Sometime. Soon. I think.
  3. Information is my drug of choice. I love researching and learning new things.
  4. Salt before sugar. I am addicted to french fries, onion rings, and a good burger, but usually only eat them when we go out.
  5. I run and read. I run on the treadmill and read at the same time, making training for an upcoming marathon hard, as my attention span is not the same.
  6. I am addicted to my husband. If you have read past posts you will see that trend. He is my best friend and I cannot imagine my life without him.
  7. I am not afraid to ask questions. I would rather know the truth, details, information than not, so beware if you run into me, I will ask you questions.

Here are the fifteen bloggers I am nominating for The Versatile Blogger award. You can go to their blogs by clicking on the name of the blog.

DesignSponge

Grace is Controlled Daring

Books and Bowel Movements

Love and Olive Oil

Orangette

Sally Shim

Dani Shapiro

Seth Godin’s Blog

Side of the Road Sessions

Feel Good Tribe

The Happiness Project

Lead.Learn.Live

Withywindle

Kevin and Amanda

The Writing Life of Robin – Thank you, again, Robin!