8.06.2012

The List that Never Ends...


"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Hi there.

As many of you know, I've been keeping a list of things for which I am grateful, and up until now, I've been listing them here on my blog. 

However, due to a number of reasons, I've decided that it would be better for me to do it quietly and privately from now on.

One of the quirks of all of these new forms of social media is that we tend to see the "highlight reels" rather than the good, the bad, and the ugly of other people's lives.

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My intention in sharing my list here was simple: I wanted my life to be characterized by gratitude (even during difficult times), rather than by grumbling, complaining, or envying the blessings of others. Keeping track of what God has done for me has certainly helped me grow in that area.

However, I've also come to realize that there's a possibility for misinterpretation in sharing specifics like this in a public forum. Social media creates a skewed picture of reality, and it's easy to look at another person's "highlights" (in other words, their carefully edited and curated online image) and feel like your own life doesn't measure up.

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I've always disliked "narcissistic" blogs, and I certainly don't want this to turn into one. Therefore, I've decided to pull back a bit on the personal stuff I share here, and reshape this page into something a little different....and hopefully, a little more relevant and useful to you.

So, although I won't be publicly sharing my list here anymore, I do want you to know that I will still be counting my blessings. It's been a great discipline to make myself notice the ways God is working and the things He's done for me, and I have learned a lot about contentment in the process. I'd definitely recommend it... happy counting...  

4 comments:

  1. Beth, not that I'm a daily stalker or anything, but I'm going to miss the daily/weekly counting of your blessings. I understand why you are pulling back, but it was an amazing reminder of the goodness in our lives despite the rough patches.

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    1. Amanda - thanks for the kind words... I'm glad the posts have been an encouragement to you - that's certainly what they were intended to be. I'm just entering a new season in my life, and I've decided that it's time to make some changes in the way I relate to people online.... I've got some new ideas for the blog in store, and I hope you'll find them equally encouraging and thought-provoking. As always, thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment!

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  2. Beth, I will really miss your Thankfulness list! Forgive me for not encouraging you more along the way (blame it on being a Wordpress blogger who gets really impatient commenting on Blogger sites :-)) That being said, I completely understand! I could post more and probably share 24+ Facebook statuses (stati?) a day, but the Lord gently halts me on many ideas, if I allow Him.

    To me, your blogs, statuses, etc always bring glory to the Lord--and that's what matters most. I'm looking forward to what's ahead on your site, and promise to encourage you more frequently via comments!

    Love you!

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    1. Well, thank you, Mrs. Owen. I'm glad the posts have encouraged you as well. The changes I'm planning to the blog are not due to lack of feedback or anything like that (I have wonderful readers!) - I just want to take things in a new, more business-like direction here on the blog, and save most of the personal stuff for my "real life" relationships. :o)I appreciate friends like you, who I get to interact with both online and in the real world. Hope to see you all soon... thanks again.

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