Goodbye March – or close enough – and time to reflect on how my OLW was showing up this month. I said hello to something that felt a bit risky this month. In the OLW journal, there is a page for interviews. I heard Ali Edwards talk about this earlier in the month and finally decided to try it. I asked a few blog readers how they saw Hello showing up in my life through my blog. Why is it so hard to ask people to give us feedback? Maybe it isn’t for you but for me, it is partly because it feels like an imposition, I really don’t want to bug people. But what lovely responses. I was excited to read that they saw me saying Hello in many of the ways I thought I was saying Hello.
I printed the responses and tucked them into an envelope in my OLW journal. And then I reflected on why this felt risky. This last year has been rough on some friendships but nurturing for others. I have come to realize that I have a lot of proximity friends – people I stay connected to because we bump into one another. But once we stayed home, and then I retired, we just don’t have that same proximity.
Writing blog posts, responding to comments, reading and commenting on the blogs of others, has created a new proximity. And out of this, I have found a new community. Quilter makers, knitters, paper and journaling folks. But you have to step out, leave that comment, go back and read again and leave another comment. For me, saying Hello to these kinds of connections has nurtured that need for community.
I have plans to say Hello to a few new ideas in April – one being my March habit that completely fell by the wayside. And if you are here for the first time or the 100th time, I would love to have you stop by and say Hello.
Thanks to Carolyn who is hosting our monthly check-in this year. Her blog is another great place to connect with a wonderful community of people who love words.