Friday, September 19, 2008

True View Friday Open Thread


We did this last week and now we're doing it again. It's your turn to give us a glimpse into your world. Every Friday we will ask you to start the conversation by asking you two questions:

What do you believe?
and
What have you observed or noticed this week as you've walked through your world?

Your thoughts can either reflect inward, stating something you believe strongly or is commentary on your own experience or your thoughts can move outward, retelling something you've noticed or observed (a particular interaction with another person, the way you resolved a conflict, a wonderful connection) as you went through your week. You can also ask a question that is either directed towards all people or something you truly wish to understand about a community.

I like to think of this open thread similar to a two-dimensional Christmas advent calendar (so says the Jewish lady) where you peel back the little windows and you get a glimpse of the house underneath. Each comment is a small window in a world that is uniquely and wonderfully your own. And if you notice something amazing inside a comment, connect with the writer and let them know.

If you are stuck, try beginning your sentence with "I believe..." and then explain your reasons behind the thought.

In addition to providing a view into your world, please respond to a thought that someone else threw into the conversation by adding a (+) before the commentor's sign-off name and then adding your thoughts. In other words, when you open a new comment box, write

+lollipop goldstein--

and then your comment (eg. +lollipop goldstein--in asking us to present what we believed has opened a huge, messy can of worms*).

As I've already stated in the comment manifesto, all thoughts should be respectful. Points-of-view are, by definition, very personal and one person's thoughts are not meant to reflect everyone's thoughts within a community. Comments that attack another person, are hateful in nature, or are seen as simply picking a fight and not starting a conversation will be deleted.

So give us a glimpse into your world and teach us something new about your corner of the blogosphere. What do you believe? What have you observed? What do you want to ask? In other words, how do you view the world?


* This is probably true, but if we're not willing to talk out the hard topics, open our hearts to another person's world, listen, and build that bridge, there is little point to this site.

2 comments:

Tally said...

I am so very grateful.

My dh, Wonderboy, continues to astound me with this strength of character and will. He is just amazing.

Our RL friends believe that I am the strong one, the one who carries our relationship. I think they confuse my need to keep moving forward with strength - in many ways it is just a way to escape the present (fodder for another post someday).

While Wonderboy is an introvert, and he finds social interaction uncomfortable, he is the one who carries the steady (though cautious) belief that everything will be all right. He just seems to KNOW we are going to be okay, and the world is a good place to be.

So yeah... not very profound, but something for which I am, and will always be, grateful.

Have a good Friday, everyone.

calliope said...

Tally- Your awareness and relationship with Wonderboy sounds beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

I believe that it is totally beautiful to suddenly discover happiness. I have been so anxious and worried and stressed and angry and confrontational. It made me heavy on the planet. Now I find that a little bit of good news can totally lift me up into the sky and transform me to my core. I feel loved and happy and blessed. All knew feelings and all totally welcome.