Why We Need Blogs that Make Us Think and Feel

Thinking Bloggers Award

Ejcooksey was kind enough to send a thinking bloggers award in my direction, and I’m proud to accept it.

The award is meant to publicize blogs that help us think in new directions.
These blogs introduce us to new ways to look at some aspect of our personal or professional lives.

The rules of the award are simple enough. If you accept the award, you pick 5 blogs that have touched you in this way and pass the thought. (You’ll find my picks at the bottom of this post)

Carried by Thoughts

Thoughts can be wings to bring us to new places, or keys to open up dusty parts of our mind, our life, and our society.

Sometimes the ideas that we hear on blogs, and the thinking that results, is all in our heads. This sort of thinking doesn’t challenge our hearts or our sense of who we are.

Then, there are times when the ideas that we see on blogs bring us to a type of thinking that starts in the head and reaches down to the heart.

It’s not easy to ask probing questions of ourselves and of the world around us.
And it’s deeply challenging to follow those questions far inside ourselves, and listen to the voice that commands us to take action on what we’ve found.

Thoughts are not strong enough alone to take us on this quest. We need powerful feelings to wake us from our ordinary dreams, and show us the way.

  • Do I dare to meet my twin, who has let go of the ordinary for a promise of greatness?
  • Do I have the emotional courage to rebuild a part of my life or world that’s not what it could be?
  • Do I feel the excitement and fear of facing something momentous, something that seems too big for me, yet calls me anyway?
  • Do we take a deep breath and chase that mysterious voice, unsure of where we will end up, but sure that we must explore?

Life has many levels.
I enjoy blogs that help me think in new ways, even when they don’t challenge me.
But to me, the most interesting blogs are as much about emotional courage as they are about great thinking.

Courage and Self-Reflection

It may be that my heart is overactive, and I should consider a retreat to the illusion of cool intellectual objectivity that I once lived in.

Still, I’m often impressed by the courage that’s shown by so many bloggers, as they search to understand their hearts, their lives, and their world. I feel blessed to be allowed to look over their shoulders as they journal about their walk through life.

As bloggers, no doubt we sometimes lapse into being self-absorbed in the eyes of those who stumble upon our words.

No matter. The courage and the inspiration that we find while listening in on others’ dreams pays us back a hundred fold for the momentary lapses, at least among the many blogs that are worth visiting more than once.

The Awards
And so, here are the rules of participation in the award:

Congratulations, you won a !

Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. I thought it would be appropriate to include them with the meme.

The participation rules are simple:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to the post that tagged you, and the original post that started it all, so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

Finally, here are the blogs that I’m tagging for the award (in no special order):

Ririan Project

Shards of Consciousness

Mark Joyner’s Atomic Mind Bombs

Positivity Blog

Creative Power of Thought

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