Sunday, April 17, 2016

Coming Full Circle

My first blog post in July 2006 was short and experimental. 

“To help keep your brain young and prevent memory loss, avoid living on autopilot -- doing the same things day after day. If you stretch yourself mentally, you'll actually avoid brain shrinkage. The classic way to do that is to learn something new -- whether it's speaking Spanish or playing the harmonica. Like muscles, your brain grows when it's working beyond its normal routine." YOU: The Owner's Manual. Roizen, M. F., Oz, M. C., New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

So, in an effort to avoid mental decay, here is my first effort at blogging.”

I cautiously explored sharing memories and family history. Very early on I discovered Laura’s blog and was impressed with her beautiful writing and interest in the natural world. I was delighted when she was the first person to write a comment on one of my posts. She influenced my early blogging more than anyone else. Over time I met many interesting people, several of them in this group, and our lives intersected through regular blogging. And my mom became my most ardent follower. 

I joined Facebook in July 2007. It was a great way to stay in touch with my family who are scattered across the world. I blogged with enthusiasm and shared on Facebook daily for several years. The year 2012 brought significant change. I was forced by my employer to work full time rather than four days a week and weekends were added to my schedule. My mom was terminally ill and I travelled to Mexico several times in her last year. My blog roll was so large that reading and commenting became an onerous obligation, not a pleasure. And my main motivation for blogging died with Mom in April 2013.

Last year I signed off Facebook as well. I was tired of memes and advertising and outrageously inaccurate posts that made me angry and demanded correction. Quite frankly, I didn’t think I could follow another American election on Facebook. I began to explore other creative outlets. I bought an adult colouring book, I started writing in longhand in a journal. I read more books, played the piano, rode my bike in the afternoons after work and tried to find the balance between my real world and the online world. 

I haven’t missed a year of blogging but March 30th this year marked my first post in nine months. I have changed in the past 10 years. I have more questions and fewer answers. Sometimes I am bursting to tell a story or to share an insight with someone other than my journal. I remain keenly interested in spirituality, health, nature, history and relationships so the focus of my blogging remains the same. I want to experience life mindfully and creatively.

Jayne’s invitation to share with the Comeback Bloggers group didn’t require a second thought. I look forward to revisiting my original reason for blogging...

“To help keep your brain young and prevent memory loss, avoid living on autopilot…”

...as well as renewing friendships and engaging in a creative and emotionally rewarding way of sharing experiences and insights on life's journey.


10 comments:

  1. I am so glad to hear your voice again, Ruth. I have missed your gentle writing, your joy in the natural world, your love for your family and your deep faith.

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  2. I've missed you too, my friend, and am so happy you've decided to join us and commit to at least a weekly exercising of our writing muscles. XO

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  3. Looking forward to hearing from you again.

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  4. This is a beautiful post. I'm glad you're making a comeback!

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  5. Writing is a great way to process change. Reflection helps me make sense of events.
    I look forward to reading your thoughts.

    P.s. I can't stand to follow another U.S. election and I live here. It's so disheartening.

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  6. It is good to see you here too, Ruth. I'm not sure how we all got here, but I am left with a feeling of optimism.

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  7. Yay, Ruth! Looking forward to your posts. I love the picture of your journal. I've been writing by hand this year as well, and there's something unique about the thoughts that emerge, and the sense of well-being.

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  8. Welcome back to blogging. Been feeling a lack of interest also, and FB drives me crazy.

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  9. I'm so happy for the possibilities our little group offers... what a perfect excuse to pay more attention and think a bit more deeply.

    Thank you for saying such kind things about me and my writing... funny, but I was always trying to be a friend to people who were just getting started at blogging and who seemed to share a similar mindset or interests - I seem to have mentored an obsession in a few people!

    I too love the page from your journal and would love to see more!

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  10. I am resonating with much of what you write here, and it echoes hopes and dreams of my own that I have not found the capacity to bring to light. I am grateful to be sharing the return to blogging with you in this group, and feel beckoned by your words to dig deeper into the dormant life that moves below my surface. Thank you for sharing your journey with us over these intervening months/years.

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