With all this negative talk of cliques lately, I have to say, I'm surprised. But more than that, I'm really put off. I didn't start a journal for any reason but to have an outlet for my inner musings. What a treat to have met some incredible people here. I've been given amazing opportunities because of the connections. My mind and heart have expanded in ways that I never expected. My level of compassion and understanding have hit an all-time high. And that trickles down into my "outer" world. I'm grateful. AOL has always been a blessing.
I suppose as with any community, comes the opposite affect. The gossip. The fear. The competitiveness. And I'm not absolved from that. I'm probably one of the most competitive people on the planet. But I'm also one of the most compassionate and respectful. I'm willing to take responsibility for my actions.
The thing I don't have much compassion or tolerance for is manipulation. The smell, the taste, the feel. It's rancid and toxic. And frankly, it takes too much energy to engage in the drama. I go where the love is. That's right - I'm spiritual, hear me Ommm! Moreover, I'm human - imperfect - just like you!
I don't always have time to visit every journal every day. I'm lucky to get there every week. But when I do go there, you can be sure it's because I want to be there. And I hope that's the reason you're here.
We are all in this community for a common purpose - to be seen and heard. We all have something of value to share. In addition to that, we're blessed to be making friends. My life is richer because of this community. It's not the be-all-end-all of my world. But I'm humbled to the core by the friends that I've made.