I am so grateful for the conversation on the blog! Sometimes I read the blog posts that say: “thank you for 1000 views!”. There are people celebrating the number of new followers and the number of views. Sometimes I find myself also caught up in the numbers game. This is the world we are living in. But I really enjoy when I don’t care about the numbers (I also found that less time on Instagram helped to beat that habit :)). I would not mind 1000 views too, but I’d better exclaim: “thank you for those 2 comments you left under my post!” They are more meaningful to me than numbers. Because they sparkle a conversation, they help me think and change and grow, and that is so precious (which maybe great number of views provides too, I just lack the experience of it :))
November is not an easy month for blogging. It is getting darker, the days are so grey and so short. My inspiration gave me a lot of ideas some weeks ago – and disappeared for a while. Then again, I got caught up in writing about interesting subject on my blog in Russian. And what makes me come back to this blog, in the times of low statistics and poor light conditions, is those meaningful conversations. Thank you for them, dears!
Today I have little time and word flow, but I really want to leave my footprint here – because I felt so touched by the recent conversations on the blog, and because I want to give a little bit of me, before the next big text comes out 🙂 I am so focused on crafting texts in English (that’s why they tend to get long and spacey)), that I often neglects the power of small simple messages. And here are two small, but powerful messages that have left a footprint on me recently.
One guy was asked about what is meaning of life for him. He answered: “I will not answer that question. But I will tell you a story. There was a guy who had fallen down from the 15th floor and miraculously survived. When he was asked about what happened to him while he was falling he said: “For every floor I saw while falling I said to myself: “So far so good”. This is a favorite story with my man right now. We repeat it to each other almost every day and laugh: “So far so good”. And when I get anxious about the future because of all the changes I have planned and I have no control over that, I say to myself: “So far so good”. I have made it so far, and it was ok – why wouldn’t it be ok later too?
This again brings me back to the power of the stories. I wrote a post about it some time ago and was touched by a response of Manja, the fellow blogger, sharing her story. Stories can make a change. They can give us the push we need. They can be that window of opportunity that say: “Look, a totally different scenario to your thinking is possible”. This is how change happens, I believe. When you can imagine a different scenario to your situation, to your attitude, to your view of a problem. It starts with imagining other possibilities. And that’s why the books can be good to us. The are those good friends who help us imagine new possibilities. A bit dreamy friends, but hey, dreamers are so important to the world!
There is a great quote which I want to make my mental tattoo right now. You know, when you read a phrase that you love so much, that you don’t want it to leave your head. I am not a fan of tattoos, otherwise I would cover my body with phrases 🙂 So I try to tattoo them on my heart and mind. And this one is just like that. It comes from a podcast on Good Life Project with Sheri Salata, who used to be a producer of Oprah Winfrey show.
“The number 1 thing I need to tend to is the story I’m telling myself about myself. In my own head. The words I am choosing. The narrative I am creating. It’s my contribution to the world peace. It’s my contribution to the inspiration of others. That story matters so so dearly”. – Sheri Salata
I believe in the power of the stories being shared. Power of the real raw emotions being shared. More than in the power of numbers. I believe that everyone of us is creating his own story, but it takes time to get confidence in one’s own voice. And it takes courage to share from the heart. It takes courage to open up and be vulnerable. But it so worth it. So much. In the world of glitzy images, wonder numbers and other glamour we are hungry for that authentic feeling and that raw emotion that touches our hearts. We get reminded by them that we are all humans.
So let’s have courage and have the voice to share our story. Cheers for that window of opportunity!