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“The wise stand out, because they see themselves as part of the Whole. They shine, because they don’t want to impress. They achieve great things, because they don’t look for recognition. Their wisdom is contained in what they are, not their opinions.” Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching
In November of 2012, I thought of the idea of creating a blog dedicated to social consciousness and awareness from the perspective of writing from personal experience and expression. I felt the need to balance potentially stark concerns with honoring what makes life interesting and worth being alive for. And so, Vision and Acceptance: A Survivor’s Guide to Awareness was born with its ensuing assortment of blog posts.
An additional point of interest for me with the blog was exploring the topics of health and healing. In the long journey of trying to recover from health problems, I have observed certain patterns in myself and others that I wanted to put down in writing in case it would be helpful to anyone who is struggling with their health and well-being. Sometimes I squeezed these observations into the form of questions in interviews and other times I wrote about them in my posts and even a story format with my book. In addition, there were others who wrote about their own insights and experiences with healing, or they spoke about them in the blog’s podcasts.
As time went by, I wanted to let Vision and Acceptance evolve into whatever it was meant to be, for it to find its own identity. As the genuine purpose of the blog emerged, I was grateful for its lessons.
I learned that the blog’s foremost value is in its local benefit – giving people, including myself, a place to unveil lessons learned through actual experience. Lessons that could also help people in our immediate environment, the people we interact with every day. Moments of discovery, healing, gratitude, beauty and even pain that are difficult to convey in regular conversation can be revealed through the artistic and creative medium of writing. In a V & A blogpost, people have a place to direct their neighbors, friends, family, classmates and coworkers toward a glimpse of what is inside them.
The sense of immediacy that the blog provides for contributors and the people in their lives is where I feel its distinct purpose resides. No matter how much technology lets us travel to the other side of the world with a click of a button, what matters most is our specific environment, where our one and precious life is being lived out.
I have been impressed with how healing and enlivening creativity has been for both contributors and readers alike. One contributor described his experience in writing for the blog as, “’The writers high.’ Being able to let go of everything and think of nothing but writing and finding your inner-self through a ball-point pen.”
I truly believe creativity is the antidote to enslaving authoritarian mindsets which everyone in modern society has been exposed to. That’s why people find it so difficult to be creative in the first place, because this is what is eroded in us to make way for inappropriate cultural influence. If we create something tangible from the heart, we are less likely to be destructive because we remember what we poured into our own creations. In a sea of consumption, we need to value creativity more than ever.
So if you have something meaningful that you have learned and you want to share it with us by writing about it, please contact me (Karen) at firstname.lastname@example.org. New blog posts are made on Thursdays.