Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

26 January 2009

The Year of Optimism

I was introduced to the world of blogs about 18 months ago. A dear friend keeps a blog about her quilting adventures and achievements. She let me have a peek one day and I have read it ever since. Other blogs followed…

And I must say, I have benefitted a great deal from blog lurking. For one who threads a needle about once a year I can now keep my end up in a conversation about quilting! Elsewhere I have been encouraged to start reading again – something more substantial than recipe and parenting books – and I find that my sleeping brain is awakening! I have been inspired to rekindle a habit lost in the mists of babies - of starting the day reading the Bible and praying before the other members of our household get up, which for me is the best way to start the day. I have learned a good principle that in times of upheaval, life needs to be simplified and the two priorities to maintain in addition to coping with the cause of the upheaval are nurturing one's family (which basically equates to having good, simple food on the table and clothes to wear) and nurturing one's soul (which for me means keeping up those times in God's Word and in prayer.) Many other things can be put aside for a season. Even blogging, I suppose!

Inspired by my blog reading, I have been musing about keeping a blog on and off during the last year. More recently, I found myself reading the occasional HOW TO BLOG article. One memorable article stated that in order to maintain a successful blog one must:-

Read a wide collection of blogs.

Well, I read a few.

Be an active reader of blogs and therefore be an active member of the blogging community. That means leaving comments on others' blogs. Lots of comments. And they need to be well thought out, well written comments – not just a quick sentence here or there.
Well, I leave the occasional comment. And I guess a couple of them were well thought out.

Post an entry on your blog every day. And the large majority of your posts must be significant – not just humorous one-liners. And it goes without saying that each post must be well written.
Well, good writing is fine with me. But every day? Sorry – that counts me out. Frequently? Yes. Everyday? Nope. And so I put the blogging idea aside.

Just before New Year I had dinner with a friend on her annual trip home from England for three weeks of summer weather and catching up with friends. As we talked over dinner, we both decided that 2009 should be designated "The Year of Optimism" and such a year would be characterised by actually doing some of those "one day I might…" things and maybe even taking some risks. For my friend, risk taking is at the mountain climbing end of the spectrum. Now as you know, I am at the chess end of the spectrum but because I am not that keen on chess, my first risk-taking adventure in this year of optimism, from the safety of my desk and with no mountain in sight, is this blog. Welcome to "The Key to the Door."


Helen said...

The pressure is on me leaving the FIRST comment for it to be significant! I am sooooo excitied for you Meredith to enter the world of blogging. I hope it brings as much thought, friendship, growth and amusement in your blogging life as it has in mine. Looking foward to sharing the Year of Optimism with you!

Mattnbec said...

I'm really looking forward to reading more, Meredith.

love Bec

Meredith said...

Thanks Helen and Bec. It's good to be up and running. Thankyou both for the inspiration and encouragement.