“Reflection is the beginning of reform.” Mark Twain
“It is not a guiding spirit that reveals to me secretly in a flash what I must say or do, but thought and reflection.” Napoleon
This picture gives you a pretty clear idea of what I thought my chances were for completing the 2015 A – Z Bloggers’ Challenge. Actually, when I signed up, I nearly backed out, after all, what in the world would I write about? Besides would anyone actually read anything I write? There are so many intelligent, creative writers out there, that I felt I could not hold a candle to them. However, my friends nudged me and encouraged me to participate again. So, “Oh what the heck, I’ll give it a try.” The practice will be good for me, right?
I have even been questioning whether I should keep my blog, as I was running out of ideas to write about. But I think the Challenge challenged my brain too. I needed incentive. I have always admired Erma Bombeck’s style of writing. I would LOVE to be like Erma someday as she had a delightful way with humor in depicting life. Maybe I can step-up the Challenge to make me work harder at reflecting about life… with a bit of humor.
Life intrigues me. Maybe I never grew out of the “why” stage, as I constantly ask “WHY?” You do remember your three or four year olds asking “Why” all of the time; well that’s me. As I ponder questions about my life and research answers, my light-bulb goes on. “OH… THAT’S WHY!”
I’m learning that for me the Challenge is a great time to reflect. It also gives me a goal to work for. Now, maybe the Challenge will challenge me in other ways… give me new goals.
What I loved most about the Challenge is meeting new people, with fabulous ideas and minds, making new friends. This is another way to help me grow and expand my ideas by listening to the other writers out there. I found it time consuming to write and follow others, but it definitely is a benefit for my growth. I highly encourage others to traipse around through the neighborhood of other bloggers. Meet your neighbors and make new friends. Since I tend toward hiding in the shadows, I definitely need to be more proactive about seeking out others’ blogs. The Challenge was a fabulous learning experience so next year I need to stretch some more.
My challenge to me… challenge me MORE!