Whenever WordPress emails me saying someone read a post of mine “and enjoyed it enough to click the ‘Like’ button” all I can think is THEY LIKE ME! THEY REALLY LIKE ME! Because regardless of the fact that Sally Field actually said “…you like me, right now, you like me!” That’s not how folks remember it. And it’s not what you actually did, what you actually said, that people remember. It’s the pop culture, snapshot, of it all that gets remembered.
Hmmm… Now I have a choice. Do I blog about how silly it is that I get all excited knowing someone cared enough to click like, comment, or rate my post? How us bloggers are so very fickle and need our egos stroked constantly? Or do I rant and rail against this pop culture version of ourselves that is likely to be remembered vs. the truth of ourselves? Ooooo… there’s a third choice here. I can turn to YOU, the folks who satisfy that need for attention, and ask you to weigh in. Of course, if I put it out there, if I ask the question, and no-one writes back? That would be crushing. 😉 Well… maybe not crushing, but it certainly wouldn’t feel good.
So, perhaps all I’ll leave you with is this, which is something I can admit to identifying with:
“I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”
– Sally Field’s famous, often misquoted, acceptance speech.
I have to be honest… i haven’t yet decided what to write about tonight. I’m feeling a general disdain about a great many things tonight, and any one of them would likely make a good blog post. Nothing like righteous indignation to fuel a blog post. But then I remind myself that I have made the decision to choose joy whenever possible. And there is no joy to be found in those topics.
I can’t say that I am feeling joyful tonight. I can see my way through to calm, or even peaceful… but not joyful. I’m too tired and road-weary for that. So, I think, tonight I will just leave you with this: