There have been a lot of thought provoking posts on the blogosphere this week. While these were thought provoking posts that did provide me with a number of a-ha moments, they have also shown bloggers in a rather negative light… politics, back stabbing, bitching, jealousy and I’ve seen a lot of comments on the various posts along the lines of: See! This is why I don’t blog!
But there is also a beautiful side to blogging, the sharing, the inspiring, the encouraging, the feeling of community, of knowing someone and feeling connected to various peeps in the ‘puter without having actually ever met them. There is kinship and yes, even sisterhood amongst woman bloggers and THAT far outweighs the tiny minority of negativity and that beauty should not be overshadowed by small mindedness and school yard politics.
Amidst all the rah-rah of this week, something happened that reminded me once again of the beauty behind blogging and social media, of the positive aspect that is so easy to forget when we shine a light on the negative.
I got a notification from our Postnet that there was a package for me, I headed off to collect it and this is what we got:
From Mrs Clarke!
A few weeks ago I’d tweeted Ackerman’s asking where I could find stock of these Zebra onesies as Ava was desperate for one and I couldn’t find stock anywhere. Emy (Mrs Clarke) had seen my tweets and in spite of the fact that we have never met, she went on a mission to find one for Ava and then she added to the package with a little something to celebrate our new home and perfectly apt PJ’s for Hannah.
I was so so so incredibly touched by this gesture. Not because of the gifts, don’t get me wrong, I love the gifts, but what touched me was that someone had been listening to me, someone knew me, in spite of never having met me, someone took the time and put the thought into putting this little package together that would bring some extra sunshine & warmth into my day.
Of course it totally made Ava’s day! Firstly she couldn’t believe SHE had received something from the “postman” and secondly that she had finally gotten the zebra onesie that she had so desperately longed for.
So my point is this. For all the negativity that may or may not surround blogging and SM, the beauty is that someone is always there to listen, someone is always there to care, we are a community, not just of backstabber’s and competitives, but of women who do care deeply, who do share daily in each others struggles and who listen to each other and are moved, empowered, inspired and encouraged by each other.
Emy, a massive thank you for this very thoughtful package, you have no idea how much it touched me and it came at the most perfect time after this weeks negativity. xx