After a year+ of consistent blogging, I’ve decided to “re-brand” myself.
That sounds more official than it really is.
Re-branding has been like the time I tried to learn to drive a stick shift: not as much driving as I was stalling out and grinding gears. Just moments ago my husband found me collapsed at my desk in tears for fear that I had just wiped my entire blog off the face of the internet. He sweetly fixed it, and suggested I back things up (get outta here practical! I didn’t ask for your advice).
I’m not even totally sure if my subscribers will still get my emails when I post. I may have just restarted from square one, who knows. I can tend to be a little ready, shoot, aim, so I’m used to learning as I go.
Back to the re-branding: I’ve been thinking quite a bit about why I blog.
How do I explain what I’m trying to accomplish? I started out with big dreams of posting weekly recipes and art and all my hobbies and anything else I could possibly photograph and write about. I think I posted 2 recipes, deleted them both, and the hobbies page never really got off the ground either.
But what did work was just the simplicity of sharing my thoughts, my challenges, my joys. Of wanting to teach others things I had learned, and the desire to remain “reader friendly” to a wide variety of people.
I like variety. I like hearing both sides of the story. I enjoy a good debate on <you pick the topic> and I truly try to stay neutral (key word: try).
However, there are some things that I absolutely refuse to budge on.
Some core beliefs that are woven into who I am. And one of those is my belief that our deepest desire is to know and be known, to love and be loved. Known and loved. I believe our soul was created to crave that.
“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
― Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
And how do we truly know someone? Do we need to be in the same season of life as they are? Do we need to share in experiences, to share in joy, sorrow or grief? Do we have to feel exactly what they are feeling in order to understand?
Or can we just listen?
Can we just walk alongside humanity caring for hearts and burdens, both ones that we’ve shared and ones that we may never know? Can we learn to live life alongside someone for their benefit, sacrificing our own needs, wants and desires?
What would happen then?
What if we blended empathy and sympathy with presence?
I can’t even imagine how much everything would change.
So I may understand your loss,
….or I may not.
I may feel the fullest measures of joy that you are experiencing,
….or I may just hope to.
I may know the pain, the heartache, the grief that has rocked your world,
…..or I may just be able to offer a listening ear.
I may be filled with enthusiasm over the changes that have happened to both shape and grow you because they have shaped me too,
…..or I may just cheer you on.
But no matter what, may I learn to be in it with you.