Friday, November 7, 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.


Christy said...

I know everyone's already talked about this on their own blogs, but I wanted to mention the ELECTION!

What an exciting time in our country. We've got a (half) black man who speaks so eloquently (unlike the current prez) and I think will lead us to some great conclusions.

The senate race in my state was also hotly contested but came out in favor of my pick- good news there.

I really hope we, as a country, can make a good example of leadership and sound reasoning that will be looked upon with favor by others.

The world's lookin' better.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

There was definitely a different feeling down here in Washington on Wednesday. People were chatting at the Starbucks while I waited for my drink and the barista gave us a larger size just for the hell of it. There was just a lightness. People joked around--strangers--with each other. It was such a grey, rainy day outside, but you could feel this shift in attitude in people.

SeaStar said...

I see the shift too, the lightness - yes hope. I hope the many of us who became increasingly involved in public life during the campaigns stay involved in solutions now that the election is over. The main thing I bring away from Obama's acceptance speech is that we must not be discouraged when solutions are not quick - but hang in, hang on together.