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reflections on life and the world and getting along

reflections on life and the world and getting along

reflections on life and the world and getting alongreflections on life and the world and getting alongreflections on life and the world and getting along

Welcome

Why I am here...

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a novelist. There's a long story attached to that which I won't share (because it's boring), but it involves a real-life plot twist: 

writing this blog instead of a book. 


I have two purposes being here.


The first is to have a space to think out loud, to get outside of my head. Years ago, after one particularly intense counseling session trying to sort myself out, my therapist regarded me silently for a moment then remarked: "You are a woman of many words." I'll admit I was confused. I was paying him to listen. Wasn't I supposed to do the talking? Upon reflection I realized it was his delicate way of suggesting that I think too much. Which I'll own, though I prefer the phrasing one of my dear friends used: "You have a rich inner life!" I do. And I'm ready for that inner life to finally meet the page, even if it's not as the bestseller I envisioned.


Which leads me to the second reason I'm here: to examine ideas and discuss hard topics. I think we've all noticed there are a lot of people on this planet, a lot of sincere but competing beliefs and needs and pursuits. A lot of arguments. A lot of people hurting, and hurting each other. So I often ponder what we're all doing here, and why; how the world is changing, and my role in it as one human being among billions. 


Ultimately, that pondering has led me to the blogosphere because I want to figure out:

How do I stand faithfully, yet peaceably, for what I believe in? How best can we share the public square when our convictions, our visions, clash?


My aim for this space, in a nutshell, is to seek perspective with civility, and humility.

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