Making good Mondays is like making coffee -

The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Bloggers often gather into communities. One of my Internet "communities" is a folder in my Bloglines aggregator called, "Favorites list." These bloggers are like friends for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is because I admire them, sometimes because I learn from them, and at times it is because of what we have in common. Others feel as if we are kindred spirits or we share similar values. I am drawn to others because they have qualities I don't have. What do these bloggers know about self care that helps them nurture and maintain their dedication to writing? These are my guesses, coupled with examples of their posts that illustrate my points:

Seven Self-Caring Strategies for Bloggers:

  • Limiting Information -- Fayrouz in Dallas turned off the comments at her blog a long time ago, after they had become impossibly abusive. I have always admired Fayrouz's writing and, in recent times, her great photography. Here is her 7/5/08 post, "The Battle of Sabine Pass on Sept. 8, 1863."

  • Maintaining Psychological Equilibrium -- Lorianne's blog, Hoarded Ordinaries, is the oldest on my list. Her recent post, "Dry Spell," illustrates why her "place blog" photos and writing have been so enduring.

  • Honoring One's Own Truth -- "The Demons are Still Legion (The Joseph Dwyer Story)," posted Jul/30/2008, at Eric Folkerth's blog, When EF Talks. Eric is a Dallas minister with a very big heart.

  • Focusing Through Prioritizing -- Anthropologist Grant McCracken is another of my very long-standing favorite writers. His blog is called This Blog Sits at the: . . . (Intersection of Anthropology and Economics). Of necessity he writes professionally to enhance his visibility, but it not obvious. He wrote a "handy how-to" for a beginner in his field called, "How To Be a Self-funding Anthropologist." The (7/30/08) post illustrates how his consistently fine writing shows good ability to keep his priorities straight, great readability, and appropriate self-disclosure. It garnered many admiring reader comments.

  • Enhancing Personal Peace -- Margaret, of Glued Blue Glass , wrote a couple of posts upon returning from a two-month trip to Lebanon, where she was born. Her writing was all about regaining her personal peace after that experience. The posts are linked above and here: "Where Glued Blue Glass is Right Now" (7/29/08).

  • Uplifting One's Spirits -- Spadoman, a deeply spiritual and peaceful activist asks, "Am I Old Enough To Have Wisdom?" at Round Circle. (7/31/08) I admire his work for peace often combined with thoughtful self-reflection.

  • Building In Rest -- "betmo," a friend of Spadoman and my blog friend, too is also an activist extraordinaire. At her blog, life's journey, she recently (8/3/08) went on record and took a bit of time away from her computer, telling readers what to expect from her next.

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My topical post today at South by Southwest is a cross-post of this piece.


Eric Folkerth said...

Thanks for the mention, Carol. It's an honor to be in this list, and I return the compliment by also sending out kudos to *your* blog. I'm looking forward to reading everyone's blogs this week, and I thank you for the Monday morning (or late Sunday night) inspiration.

Carol Gee said...

You're quite welcome and deserving, Eric. This is what "Making Good Mondays" is all about, huh?.
Thanks for the "kudos."

betmo said...

you made my monday :) i am looking forward to no more company for a while that's for sure :)

Spadoman said...

Gee, Carol.... Thank you for the kind words. I am honored if anyone mentions me, and extremely honored to hear it from you.


Carol Gee said...

Spadoman and betmo, you both deserve the mentions. It is privilege to be your blog friend, and I value it more than you know.


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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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