I realized that it may seem kind of weird that I write daily... especially since a lot of the blog posts I write do not seem relevant to the work I am doing here, or my experience here in particular.
The truth is the reason I try to post daily is because it forces me to take stock of my life, my experiences, my work, the lessons I have learned, and what I have come to believe.
While journaling is a great way to de-stress about the events of your day, it does not hold the same reflective power. When you are writing something that can be read by the world you try to take a little extra time to make sure it is something that could bring value to their life... Whether that means it is informative, inspiration, comical, or just some good old fashion advice; you take the extra five minutes you would not normally to write something worth reading. That said, I know I often have typos and that my posts are not always that interesting to anyone else but me. But I have come to realize that is all quite alright with me, because at the end of the day I know that the impact my blog has in the blogging world will never be a very big one, but the impact blogging has on my life is tremendous.
I blog for the same reason that thousands of others do...I blog to give voice to the thoughts I would otherwise never take the time to say and to reflect on the experiences in life that I would normally just let fade into the past as another distance memory.
I love the blogging world. It has given us all a place to speak our mind and to share our passions. I find that the blogging world is full of inspirational, passionate, romantic, sometimes crazy, and yet totally wonderful people. Perusing people's blogs (especially my friends) is honestly one of my favorite pastimes...It allows me to learn from the revelations of others, reflect on all that I myself have to be grateful for, opens me open to information I honestly do not know how I ever lived without sometimes, and gives me energy to go and find something beautiful in each day.
If my blog can do even a fraction of that for anyone else then I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful inspiring online community. Even if the only person inspired by Cultivating Compassion is me, then that is OK to. Because being given a space like this and taking the time every day to write brings me joy and helps me grow as a person.
To sum it up simply above all else, I write for myself and my happiness.
And I encourage anyone who is having a hard time or even a good time to take up a journal or a blog and write, because voicing your emotions is the only way you will ever truly learn from them and learn to appreciate them.