Put Yourself in Their Shoes (A #1000Speak Post)

Back in January, a blogger friend (Lizzi of Considerings) wrote a pretty moving post called “We ALL need The Village.” It was about how “The Village” that used to be around to help raise children, to speak up when something just isn’t right, or to lend a helping hand when needed has all but disappeared. It shed light on the fact that there is so much negativity in the world & not enough people who are willing to expose it or prevent it — or even try.

Where’s the COMPASSION in this world?

Lizzi didn’t stop with her one post. She kept talking about it. Then, before she knew it, paired with another blogger friend, Yvonne Spence, the village was created. They call it #1000Speak for Compassion. Within days, over 1,000 people signed up to be a part of this movement. The idea was that the blogosphere was to be flooded with #1000Speak posts on February 20. Some wrote blog posts, some wrote poems or short stories, & others recorded videos, took pictures, or created other art. There was no limit to how participants chose to express themselves in the name of compassion.

What an awesome thing to do, right?

With every intention to jump into this movement, when the time came, I just didn’t. Compassion is difficult for me these days, I suppose. When you’re withdrawn & sleeping the day away & doing the “bare minimum” to get by, it is hard to reach out to others. Sad, but true.

With all of that said, just because I missed February 20 doesn’t mean I need to continue to miss “the boat.” The group decided to continue its cause on the 20th of each month, with a compassion-related theme. For March 20, the theme is “Building from Bullying.”

How does compassion tie into bullying?

I’ll tell you what: It is more intertwined than you would think. It is easy to focus on the victim — & a lot of times that is exactly what needs to happen. However, the one doing the bullying is often already a victim in some way — or just plain doesn’t know any better.

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Liebster Award

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by Helen of I Will Bloom. (Click here to see her post about it.)

It is, basically, a way for bloggers to get to know each other (& for their readers to get to know other blogs). Once nominated, you answer a series of ten questions given by the blogger that nominated you. Then, you nominate another ten bloggers & give them your own ten questions to answer. . . (I am quite a bit late in getting this posted, but better late than never, eh?) 😉

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This is What a Bookworm Looks Like

When you Google the word “bookworm,” it is my picture that should appear. . . For as long as I can remember, I have loved to bury my nose in a book & lose myself in it. As a child, my mother would kick me outside to play on a nice day & I would find a spot under a tree to read a book & let the rest of the world slip away for as long as I could. . . Back then, I remember reading anything by R.L. Stine (largely all things Goosebumps — which I have discovered my nine-year-old enjoys reading now!) & pretty much every book in The Baby-Sitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin — in fact I was literally part of the club, receiving a regular package in the mail with Babysitter’s Club memorabilia, along with the latest book. I had boxes upon boxes of it at one point. . . Then, one day, I just outgrew it. I don’t even remember which one of the neighbor kids I gave it all away to — but I do remember passing it all along to someone.

With all of this in mind, it is no wonder that I am finding the Blog-tember Challenge‘s writing prompt of the day to be free-flowing:

“What’s on your current reading list? Or what have you read that you recommend?”


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