For those who bare everything, I fear that while I'm sure it's a very therapeutic exercise, it does not allow for any sacred space. When everything is laid out raw, not only does it make the writer vulnerable, it may make their family vulnerable as well.
For those writers who only expose the niceties of their lives, I fear that they are creating a utopia in their minds of a life that doesn't exist. I also fear for those who read their blogs, that they may begin to envy these perfect lives, knowing full well that no life is without blemish.
Finding your place on the continuum between the two can be exhausting.
I yearn to be real and yet not expose the sensitive areas of our life. I want to show you that my children are real and yet not embarrass them or betray their trust that I will always protect them. I want to share my shortcomings and yet not dwell on them. I am an optimist and try to put my failings behind me and try again, and again, and again, and again to do better.
My biggest hope through all of this is that you, my dear reader, see me for who I am. A woman who strives to do right by her family, her God and everyone else. This does not mean I always get it right, that I don't struggle with issues with my children, my husband, my faith. It just means that I am striving toward the good in life and prefer not to dwell on the bad.
My biggest fear is that some of you think more of me than you should. I may not expose myself as some do, but be assured that I am just like you in so many ways. I experience envy, self-doubt, greed, selfishness and
So, this is what I ask of you...please read blogs, including my own, with a sheet of plexi-glass between your computer and your heart. Do not allow others to (intentionally or unintentionally) influence you in any negative way. Be challenged, yes. Be encouraged, yes. Laugh, yes. Be inspired, yes. But do not let that other junk through.
Guard your hearts, minds and families. They need your protection. Pin It