Most of the U.S. is sweltering under a wet, heavy blanket of heat and humidity, and if you’re like me, when the temps turn up in the summer time, so does the cranky meter.
In an effort to curb my verging gnarly attitude and snappishness toward all creatures great and small, I’m really trying to focus on solid, positive thoughts and readings.
I’ve pulled a few of my favorite writers’ blog posts together to share with you in this edition of Wednesday Wisdom.
First up is a shout-out to my good friend LaDonna Coy. LaDonna’s passion is connecting people and communities through social media technologies. She’s all about prevention, wellness and community change.
LaDonna’s post earlier this week really struck a chord in me. Titled Vulnerability and Prevention, she features a Ted Talk by Brene’ Brown. Funny, real, honest, this talk is truly one of the best I’ve ever seen.
Striving to approach our world with whole-hearted empathy so that we can share our stories through conversations “may well be our single greatest tool for practicing vulnerability on the road to developing empathy,” LaDonna writes.
“Social media has a role to play in seeding, hosting, convening and contributing to those conversations.” I love the sound of that.
I confess that I haven’t been a regular follower of Steve Hauptman’s work. Until this post: Three rules for recovering from anything.
Normally, this blog is kind of goofy. I like it, but it’s kind of goofy. Steve, who is a therapist who specializes in control issues, co-writes Monkeytraps with Bert, his control-addicted inner monkey. It’s a recipe for goofiness.
This particular post touched me because it addresses the issue of presence as it relates to paying attention to our thoughts, our monkey minds, if you will. Check it out.
Tony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer and teacher in Los Angeles and New York. He also has a website called At Left Brain Turn Right.
Tony is one of the featured contributors of Mastin Kipp’s The Daily Love, which is how I was turned on to his work.
Here’s a line from this post: “Saying ‘no’ literally shuts out possibility. Saying ‘no’ leaves us zero access to potential.”
My mind goes unchecked too often. Too often, I find myself saying no. Tony is right–it is just as easy to say YES!!
I love this gal! I’ve only started following her recently, but am quickly becoming a big fan, especially after this post: Are you hanging by a thread?.
One of the things I respect about Danielle is her authenticity. This piece acknowledges the occasional crappiness of life. “Hanging by a thread can be really disorienting. What you’re going through undeniably sucks,” she writes.
Then Danielle asks, “Do you believe in angels? If you don’t, just believe in them for the next 24 hours. There are a hundred thousand angels by your side.”
You have to read this post!
And finally, the blog that B Here Today wants to be when it grows up:
You could land on this site and pick any post for a winner. However, the one I’d like to highlight is a recent post called Tiny Wisdom: Help People Help Themselves.
Why this particular post? It’s the same reason I’m striving to grow B Here Today. Tiny Buddha author Lori Deschene has a servant leadership mentality.
She writes, “None of us has it all figured out, and maybe we never will.
“Acknowledging this, to me, is the difference being having followers and friends. With followers, you lead the way. With friends, you support them in discovering it for themselves.”
So, my friends, I sincerely hope you enjoy these nuggets of wisdom. Let me know what you think of any or all of them by leaving a comment below. Do you have favorite blog authors that touch you in some way? Share them, please!