Friday, October 10, 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?
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.


Anonymous said...

I believe that owning our own unique history is the first step in healing.

I have observed this week that an inordinate percentage of sick people smoke. Most psych patients seem to..... And offering smoking cessation information is like farting in the chapel.

Where are all the comments for this post? Are people too busy on Fridays?

SeaStar said...

I just got on line for the first time today. I have gotten too busy at work - need to balance that out. I don't want to neglect this feature.

What I observed is that attending Yom Kippur services in the UU chapel where I married my first husband (the one who died) is,21 years after his death and 33 after that wedding, more sweet than bitter.

Kami said...

After the presidential debates, I listened to about 20 minutes of a right wing talk show and then about 20 minutes of a left wing talk show.

They sounded exactly the same: My candidate was wonderful, the other one was (is) an idiot.

Makes me sad for us all.