Man is forced to be alone by the very nature of society. But if you meet a person who is not envious, who loves and believes in other than himself, then to this rare person offer a lifetime of friendship. —Susan Polis Schutz
It is an honor and a pleasure for me to join Lorrie (check her out at the eff stop) and contribute to the Progressive Post Party at HonieBriggs.com this week. My relationship with Stephanie started back in October of 2012 when she read a review of my blog on Rebecca’s site, Sweet Mother, and then made a comment on one of my posts. I replied to her and a relationship was formed.
Do you have people in your life that you just “click” with? People who just seem to “get you” and accept you for being yourself? Stephanie, and her husband—the Loyal Follower—are two of those people in my life. A veteran of the US Air Force and Corporate America, Honie does not suffer fools gladly, if at all.
The three of us met in person last August when Stephanie and LF came to San Francisco for a mini-vacation. I provided some tips on sight-seeing and enjoying the wonders of the Bay Area and we agreed to meet at the Golden Gate Bridge after I finished working my Day Shift.
That Sunday was a typical Summer-in-the-City experience: fog, fog, fog. On days like that the bridge is more like a stripper (don’t ask), revealing itself a little here and there and never quite displaying the whole Magilla. The concept of more is left to your imagination and the anticipation of what-you-will-see-next keeps your attention focused on what you are seeing in the present moment.
We spent several hours together wandering around, talking and getting to know each other further. I love to see the bridge through the eyes of visitors, it helps to keep my perspective fresh and new. Stephanie and LF accomplished that for me by their insightful questions and observations.
I never expected to meet a fellow blogger in person before this occasion, but when something feels right and I am comfortable with it I will go for it. I found Stephanie to be the down-to-earth person that I came to know in the HonieBriggs blog. LF is just the sort of man that I expected to be at her side and together they make a wonderful couple.
If you are one of the lucky folks who win a visit with Stephanie you are in for a treat. Her spirit will bring sunshine to your day (foggy or not).
For what it’s worth
I encourage you to stretch your limits and interact with the authors of posts that resonate with you. I didn’t really “get it” when it came to writing a blog until I reached out and formed a community of fellow bloggers whose work inspired me. Relationships on many different levels with those bloggers were formed when I made comments here and there and asked occasional questions.
Strangers are just
friends that we haven’t
met yet —Anon
The WordPress community is a place where I can go and be myself, sharing the the eclectic gray matter that I constantly carry around on my shoulders. I have an opportunity to try new things and get feedback from folks who are already doing that same thing. My community is constantly expanding because I communicate with other bloggers who share similar interests.
Take a chance, reach out and form your own Blog Community. My relationship with Stephanie started with a smart-ass comment of mine that won a contest, whose prize was a blog review, which was read by a woman in Texas, who ventured west until she ran out of continent, and met a guy on a bridge.
You could not make that up, or could you?