Papa Bear was wiser. Married for a total of twenty-six years and twice widowed, he knew that finding a good match with a loving heart was far more desirable in the long run than marrying a magazine centerfold. Thank God he knew that and was willing to take a chance on getting to know ME, the person on the inside! We exchanged hours and hours of phone conversations in the weeks before we actually met, though we had also exchanged photos and both decided that the outside image was pretty good too! :-) By the time we actually planned our first meeting we knew far more about each other than many couples who have dated for months. In those conversations we had talked about the real stuff of life at length, not how great the movie was or if the steak was too well done. Obviously, passion also grew from those late night phone calls, but it was different and deeper than the instant hook-up mentality of many of today's encounters. It was worth waiting for!
Getting to know the real person on the inside is also one of the things I love about blogging. Bloggers often reveal far more about themselves in their posts, and about the way they think and feel, than they do with acquaintances in real life. I think most of us are more open, honest, and direct when we write. There is a measure an anonymity that makes it safer to be ourselves... we don't have to see our fellow bloggers in the break room, or at school or church tomorrow. There is also a tremendous amount of encouragement and support to be found in the blogsphere. So many times I've had folks reach out to me when I was hurt or struggling, and I've seen the same done for many others. Here we aren't so afraid to let our emotions show, and the response can be amazing!
As bloggers, we also discover that there actually are people who think and feel like we do, when we once believed that we were aliens, dropped on the planet by mistake, and misunderstood by everyone. Some wonderful friendships have developed through blogging, and some folks have even taken it to another level by visiting on the phone, and actually meeting up in person. Should you ever have the opportunity to do that, I urge you.. DO! I've had the blessing of meeting a couple of my blog friends in person now, and I wasn't a bit surprised to discover that they were just as awesome in real life as they appeared to be in the posts they wrote! They may sound or look a bit different than we have imagined, but we already know them fairly well because we've had the opportunity to see what's on the inside, and a truly beautiful person shines from the inside out. I so look forward to meeting more of you as the months and years go on!
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