“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt
I am new to this wild world of social media. I had a Facebook site, but rarely used it. I don’t like to be a slave to the computer, preferring instead to be gardening or exercising or traveling or watching my sons’ soccer games or cooking or walking my dog or (fill in the blank).
But I must say, I’m amazed at how many people from my past have come out of the woodwork because of the Facebook and LinkedIn links to the blog. And I’m talking very distant past — colleagues from 25 years ago, my host sister from when I was an exchange student in Turkey 31 years ago, high school friends I haven’t been in touch with since graduation three decades ago. The impact of the technology is astounding to me.
This group of initial subscribers is drawn entirely from people I know personally. Many (most?) of you are like me, unfamiliar with the blogosphere and certainly not accustomed to following, not to mention commenting on, other peoples’ blogs. You’re here because you’re being kind and supportive of your friend or relative, or because you can finally get some information from me since the holiday letter ceased a couple of years ago.
Maybe, like me, in your research of one topic or another on the Internet, you’ve been a voyeur, popping in on a blog or forum occasionally but never adding your own voice to the mix. But now I know your secret. You do have a voice. I know this because I’ve heard from many of you via the email form on my contact page or my regular email account. I’ve heard from many of you via Facebook posts. I’m challenging you to go further.
Today I dare you to follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice to “do one thing every day that scares you.” Specifically, leave a comment on one of the blog posts. With your name. Too scary? I feel like I’m standing here naked in front of all of you (my experience in German saunas makes that only a little less frightening). I promise I won’t sell your name to marketers.
Here are just a few questions and topics from the past week’s posts that you might comment on:
- What are some of your “Ah ha” moments that led to transformation or redirection on some level? Click here to comment on Zigzag Mama.
- Do you have tricks that help you dive into overwhelming tasks? Click here to comment on The Bowl of Rooms.
- What do you think of the title of my book: Feng Shui Animal House: Raking the Sand Garden in the Midst of the Chaos? What association do you make with the image of sand being raked? Do you think of zen sand gardens, or do you think of the beach? (Mom–I want your beautiful memory of raking the beaches when you were a lifeguard in that comment box!) Click here to comment on Pushing My Limits.
- How do you handle middle-of-the-night wakefulness? Click here to comment on Creative Clutter.
- Have you had painful experiences that taught you something? Click here to comment on Finding the Purpose Behind the Pain.
- Have you read any of Eckhart Tolle’s work (I know now that some of you have.) Click here to comment on Embracing the Blog as Transformation.
Go ahead–I dare you.