I'm about one of the least provocative people you'll ever meet.
I don't pick fights, I avoid confrontation, and I desire everything to be happiness and bliss for me and my family and the general population.
I am such a peacemaker.
This is not to say I don't have opinions, ideas, and ways of thinking that I adhere to come what may. It's just that I'm a general "let's make sure everyone is happy" kind of person (and that is not necessarily a good thing all the time).
But, I so completely believe in these statements Jeff makes - "Why do we do this (write provocatively)? Because this sets others free. To do the same. To live freely and honestly. So get in our faces; tell us the truth. And watch the ripple effect."
All day I've tried to think of a few things to tell you that would match this challenge. That's what you'll read next. If you don't like what I have to say, I do hope you'll stick around even if we disagree. And even leave me a comment telling me so. That's fine by me. Here goes.
First and foremost, at 50, I've been through a bunch of
Secondly, I have struggled my entire life with my weight. Starting in my childhood, it still plagues me to this day. It's been a constant, horrible, self-defeating exhausting mental battle that I am only now learning to conquer through different choices, a different way of thinking, and a gym membership. (and by keeping chocolate out of the house.) But if you want to know what pain I know best, it's the pain of being overweight and the toll that takes on a life. I could write a book.
Beyond those two things, it gets a little more common- parenting has been difficult, depression has visited our family and done its damage, I've walked through things as a mother I would not wish on my enemy, and I've been spent emotionally more times than not trying to hold it all together for days on end.
But so have a lot of us.
So if you're still reading, there you have it; good old provocative me.
Thanks for listening. Feel free to comment if I've struck gold with you or if you now have a bone to pick with me.
Either way, I'm glad you're here.
I wrote about being a peacemaker too. Small world :)ReplyDelete
Very cool - a kindred spirit. The world needs peacemakers!Delete
Well I can't call you provocative because you're speaking my language! :)ReplyDelete
Awesome! Glad to hear it.Delete
I just posted my writing before I read yours and we are so on the same page. I am not one to create issues. Some of my writings do stir others to think deeper and to challenge themselves but I would never purposely provoke someone. This one was hard. Let's continue to encourage each other as we journey through this 'challenge'.ReplyDelete
Yes, I love encouragement! Even if we're not ones to provoke, today's challenge does give us food for thought as to what we're going to write about - can we include something that challenges someone, raises a question, or presents a different perspective? I like that when I read a post, and I hope to be able to do that when I write.Delete