Rules of Engagement

Me doing a blog is fitting, I guess, only in that I am alive and life is full of irony.  I remain a woman without a cell phone, whose family’s new computers are always old. And I retain serious concerns about what excess time on the internet is doing to everyone’s brains. On a neurological, emotional and spiritual level, having to have everything so fast, fast, fast, seems at odds with true creative thinking, reflection, innovation, and deeper understanding. One need not speak with very many friends at all in order to find people unable to sustain ongoing human to human contact with the pull of the electronic possibility, literally, at hand. Sometimes unable to be with their own children without glancing at the screen.

On the flip side, when I was so sick this past spring, it was through some blogs of great gentleness, depth and insight, that I found a tremendous amount of encouragement. So . . . I sally forth with this attempt at blogging, hopeful but cautious. I will post most weekdays but never weekends. I very much appreciate feedback but am purposely not checking the internet all day to see what feedback is there, either on my blog or in my inbox. This is an attempt to maintain balance in my own life, as well as to acknowledge the truth that your comments are of equal value one, ten or twenty hours from when you make them, because what is most valuable about your words is you. That is a truth I am determined not to let our information crazy world override. What I say, what you say . . . it’s all just words. You and I, on the other hand, have intrinsic value that just is. It might not be recognized, but it can’t be changed. For however long I keep at this blogging thing, if I can at least point a tiny light at the value of each of us, I will be content. For me, it is the simple notes of grace around us that speak so eloquently about what we’re worth. That’s why I write about them.

9 Comments to Rules of Engagement

  1. Leslie Lynch says:

    And these are the reasons that I will seek out your blog. :-) They are also the reasons that I limit my online time. We are on the same wavelength, Michelle, although you are more successful at it than I!

    • Michelle says:

      Staying free of the electronic monster is a work in progress! And on many, many fronts, we are on the same wavelength. A blessing indeed. Thanks for all the encouragement. It is much appreciated.

  2. Sally says:

    I’m am so glad to have the opportunity to follow you blog

  3. Margaret Ann says:

    Michelle, I am so very proud of you for risking a blog!!! This is my first visit to County Road 21, though Connie has updated me some from time to time. I just toured your October archives, and thank you for your fresh and insightful and honest writing. I share your sentiments about the devouring and dehumanizing possibilities of technology, and struggle to find the balance that seems right. Anyhow…may your holidays “off” be merry and bright with God’s nearness in family, friends, bonfires, frozen ponds and tree-lights twinkling.

  4. Susan Steinbach says:

    First time reading your blog. I love it.

  5. Ralph Cann says:

    Hi Michelle, Last time I saw you I had you and your brother buried in sand up to your necks on a beach in Yarmouth,NS. I don’t think your mom was too pleased with me. (o: Aunt Erma mentioned your writing to me. Good to know there is another writer in the family. You may have read some of our daughter’s blog entries. If not here is a link. http://leighacann.com/
    Take care,

    Would love to see you all. We’ll keep the porch light on for you should you ever venture this way.

    Your (second, I think) cousin,

    Ralph

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