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sand bucket and shovel

So here on the Sandbox Writing Challenge we’ve just finished over a year’s worth of writing prompts from Roberta Allen’s book “The Playful Way to Knowing Yourself.” I’ve been sitting here reading through everyone’s Sandbox posts and I’ve been amazed how many words and feelings people have shared over the last year.

I’m guessing a lot of folks figure doing a blog is going to end up being a sort of solitary endeavor. They hope, of course,ย people will read what they have to say because they’re feeling so many things and chomping at the bit to get all those emotions down in writing. They may want others to agree with them, disagree with them, be amazed by them, feel sorry for them… Geez, there’s any number of reasons to start a blog.

Some bloggers really want to find people of like mind they can converse with. But they may ask themselves how much conversing you can do on blogs? Well after reading back over this past year’s contributions to the Sandbox, I’m here to tell you can do a LOT!

And it’s important to remember that ALL your words and ALL your feelings matter. And when you read someone else’s blog posts, THEIR words and feelings matter, too. When someone pours their heart out about anything — good, bad, ugly, even CREEPY(!) — what they have to say is due a great deal of respect. Especially when it comes to what they feel.

So next time you read someone’s blog, slow down and read it with the same kind of consideration with which you would like others to read yours. And don’t just hit the bloomin’ LIKE button or ignore it all together. If what they said is important to them, it should be important enough for you to leave a comment.

I never thought I would come to find such wonderful folks and get to know them so well on Word Press. Boy was I wrong. To all you guys who added so much to the Sandbox, you are freakin’ amazin’! KEEP WRITING!!!. ๐Ÿ˜€


Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’ (Neil deGrasse Tyson)