I long to be around people who challenge me to grow and ponder in ways that make my inner world richer and somehow, because of them, I bring to others something of value. This morning, as I checked my e mail, I went on a one-hour adventure …
One of my friends had a facebook post that led me to her page. By scrolling down, I followed a year of her life. In addition to grandchildren and children and work-related trips, there were many posts of snippets of philosophers, theologians, world events … I felt like my brain grew three sizes from the half hour I spent "with" her. It was like attending a conference for expansion of the soul.
The daily blogs that magically arrive take me far beyond my IQ:
– a post on the Mystery of the Trinity … an eloquent description of the intimate dance God does with himself and with us – always enjoying and pursuing relationship.
-a post announcing the merger of several small companies with an invitation to meet the new conglomeration. A quick glance at the page told me I will be exploring this site for days to come. So many opportunities here!
-yet another post providing ideas about how to make my writing stronger.
When I was a kid, I wanted to go back in time and hang out in monestaries – because these were the learned people of their era. They had access to the only written books and the conversations that pulled people out of the mundane.
From the time I could read, my mom would take me to the library once a week . I would check out entire sections (like the whole shelf). When I was little, we used a bag, but as I grew older, I found I could get more books if I stacked them. I would check out as many books as I could place one-on-top-of-the-other between my chin and my hands (between 20-24 books!). Then I would read them all, cover to cover, and return, then repeat. All summer long.
Now, the internet is my library. There is a plethora of information that is absolutely provocative. There are so many amazingly cool people out there. It's just a matter of finding them and then hanging with them.
And some of them, I am privileged to know in real life.
Today, I feel so wealthy.