This blogging world can pull you right out of your present life and into a world teeming with other people's thoughts, feelings, projects, and ideas. On the surface, that seems like a good thing but I am experiencing vertigo. Here is a small example: M emails me this site http://www.ordinarycourage.com/ about midlife and authenticity. Scroll down and watch the video on the wedding dance. That video reminds me that I need to check this site http://www.37days.typepad.com/. She has the brilliant idea to write a thank you card to someone each day and I stop blogging to make a list of whom I would write to and what I would say. That lasts for a few minutes and I realize that I am experiencing gratitude to my spiritual teachers. I better go check this site http://www.tricycle.com/ to see what the latest is in Buddhist happenings. Of course, this guy http://www.jaimalyogis.com/ wrote a book called Saltwater Buddha: A sufer's quest to find Zen and I need to buy it, immediately. Is that what the buddhist sites are going for? Hard to say:) Finally, on the sidebar on his blog is this blog http://www.nannygoatsinpanties.com/. I dare you not to take a look. While all this blog reading is happening, the kids are engaged in a complicated role play in the other room of the Harry Potter variety. They have gotten used to my nightly ritual and don't ask me to join. So the wide, wide world of blogging has swept me out of the intimate world of my family. Here is my thank you card for today:
Dear Children: Thank you, yet again, for reminding me that it is not the exotic ideas of other people that matter but the learning we are engaged in together in this moment. Let's get to it.