Friday, September 26, 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.

4 comments:

Miryam (mama o' the matrices) said...

I believe that sometimes my brain gets in my way. (but sometimes it's useful.)

Lollipop Goldstein said...

While it makes me feel like a hideous citizen, I really didn't want to go to jury duty today and I didn't walk away from the experience feeling like I learned anything or truly served my country.

And that makes me a bit sad.

Delenn said...

I can't deal with the debate tonight. Mainly because every time I invest into a candidate, every time I feel that I think that we have an intelligent worthwhile person to be President of the United States--I am shot down by the ignorant factions of our country. I can barely hope.

SeaStar said...

+Delenn -well the debate is behind us and I'm a little tad more hopeful that the changes I so believe our country needs are within reach (please please)

+lollipop goldstein - I understand about your jury experience. I've served three times and two were anticlimactic and one really did feel like a strong citizenship experience.

I observed the Padres Island Natinal seashore tonight - way down the coast from where hurricaine Ike hit, but still the beach has been resculpted and the waves were big today - good early autumn beach experience and I walk away with more awareness of the power of wind and water.