I haven’t ventured back into the waters of prose and reflection for a while. I think it is partially due to the inadequacies I feel about my actual “blogging” instead of my poems. (I honestly never thought I would have considered myself a poet let alone a writer, so I truly appreciate the compliments from those that have called me one.) There are so many writers out there that humble me with their amazing skills and stories. I’ve mentioned a few before that touched me, and I even put down in my blog called Perspective how moved I was by one in particular @BrookeBreazeale that it caused me to pause and reflect. How was I approaching reading their stories. How much was I investing to truly understand what they were trying to tell me. How was I going about getting to know them. Long story short, I went through her blog in chronological order to truly attempt to see it through their eyes and not mine. I referred to this as “digging deep” into their blog. I then decided to dig deep into another favorite of mine by @TheIncurableDreamer and was touched again by the way it changed me and my views. I am working on the brilliance of @desertcurmudgeon, but his takes a bit longer for this lesser mind. Sadly, I allowed myself to fall away from these incredibly soul-searching journeys.
I often read comments by others on blogs I follow. I like to do this as it is how I have come to find some of you in my “tribe” as Brooke calls it. I have found some amazing places and poets as well as wonderful worlds and their writers. Yesterday was one such day. My world was shattered in a most profound and positive way. I decided to start looking at a blog by a fairly new writer. To say I was blown away would be an understatement. Her name is Gwendolyn (Gwen), and I can honestly say I do not think I have ever had the privilege of connecting with someone exactly like her before. Some of you know her as there are shared sites and followers around here, but for some of you she will be new. Gwen is a must visit, and her blog Kintsukoroi Life is a testament to an intangible greatness that will leave you in awe.
You will immediately understand what I mean about strength. It is evident and obvious in the subject matter of her writings. What rocked me, however, was the clarity of her writing, the brilliance of her mind, and the way she tells her story. There is another layer to her that ultimately took hold of me and would not let go. It is her sense of humor. There is a depth and magnitude here that put me in a state of total awe. It is in there that I “saw her” as she put it in reply to one of my comments. We chatted back and forth about a few many things (all in the comments for others to see) covering “the South” and weather…and food. Not to mention a shared love for Monty Python (YOU GO GIRL!!!) that only cemented what I thought I had come to know about her in those writings. I was proven right.
If it sounds like I am gushing…well ok I am gushing. Taking this “dig deep” journey was as rewarding and re-affirming as was the one I did for Brooke and Tanya’s. I truly hope some of you will take the time to dig deep on some of the blogs you follow so you can really “see them” for who they are, not who you think they are or want them to be. You will most certainly find gold.