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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The 21 day blog challenge is finished. I have to think of my own topics until I find another series to try.

I just read comments friends left on my blogs and goodies that had nice messages. Doesn't that make you feel good when it happens? I feel very blessed to have such support from people I haven't even met (with a couple exceptions). I treasure the memory of times when we (me and my husband) have been able to connect with people who previously had been only pictures on the screen.

How can it happen? How can we have such a connection with strangers? I don't have an answer. It probably starts when we realize there are things we have in common. Isn't that how we become friends in face to face situations?

There are those who express themselves in ways that make us feel good or at least better than we had felt prior to reading what they wrote. It makes you realize the power of the written word because I have read about those who have had bad experiences just because someone wrote unkind things. Why would someone do that? Does it make the author feel better? Isn't it better to say nothing than to be unkind?

Of course there is always the possibility the 'hearer' misunderstood. When you don't hear the voice and see the facial expression sometimes part of the message can be taken the wrong way.

I am getting off track. I am thankful for my friends. I will watch my words so that no one will be hurt by me.

I love you. Thank you for listening.

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    I know exactly what you mean. I found myself praying for a woman that I met here on Spark. I don't know her real name. I don't know where she lives. But she is going through a hard time and she came to mind at Mass this morning. So I prayed for her.

    I have gone out of my way to meet people who I have made a strong connection with, but who live far away. I have "friended" others on Facebook. Don't ask me how I figured out who they were because each time it was kind of weird how we connected and figured out we knew each other on Spark, too.

    My family just accepts that my Spark Friends are a part of my life just as my childhood friends and work friends are. I love it.
    1582 days ago
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    Great blog!
    1585 days ago
    Another great blog, Judy! The internet is an amazing way to communicate. I think it's like what people on an airplane will tell you. You'll never meet in real life and so no judgement, no background, no consequences for saying something you've needed to say for a long time. We just have to remember that real life is out there and virtual life is not always real. I have to limit the time I would spend on Spark or I'd never get anything done in real life!!
    1586 days ago
    I find it heart-filling to read my virtual friends blogs, such as yours. I try to put a smile on anyone's lips, whoever you are, when you come to my blogs. I've also been known to ignore the meanies... they're found in any walk of life, Judy. Have a great day... emoticon emoticon
    1586 days ago

    It is interesting when we are misunderstood, but for the most part the comments are warm and caring.

    Thank you for this blog.

    1586 days ago
    wonderful blog.. I love to write and I am so happy when others support me in such a wonderful manner as with positive comments.. I don't like it when others misunderstand what I intended to say.. but i guess that goes with being a writer
    1586 days ago
    This virtual world is interesting. The internet - my son doesn't know life without it. I know life before it and it's amazing how we communicate now.
    1586 days ago
    Lovely Blog and lovely wrap-up!! I agree with you that we need to be careful what we write, because our "tone of voice" comes through loud and clear.

    For the most part, the folks I've met here at Spark have been caring and kind. And that especially includes you!!
    1586 days ago
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