I have been reminded on more than one occasion that when it comes to my favorite writers and bloggers that I can’t depend on seeing their stuff come up in my Twitter feed. Facebook is a little better, but not much. Even RSS or email subscriptions have their problems. If I am really busy things just get lost. I just checked and I have 782 un-read emails in my inbox. I searched my email for emails from some of my favorite blogs. Yep, there were a bunch of un-opened emails from blogs that I love.
So I’ve actually been visiting some of my favorite blogs. I know, it sounds amazing, doesn’t it? I actually go to the home page and begin perusing instead of just reading the post that I saw come up in my Twitter feed and then quickly moving on. I’m reading more than one post. I’m reading old stuff — stuff that in many cases was written before I even starting following the author.
It’s been… Are you ready for this?… Enlightening.
When you stick with one author for more than 500 words you begin to see the world as they see the world. Skimming 500 words and then moving onto the next link left me with the feeling that I was knocking on someone’s door, looking in their house, and then moving onto the next house. Perusing made me feel like I was having coffee with the writer. With a few, you could say I’ve even had dinner.
Recently I saw someone share — weeks after it was first published — a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Emiel van den Boomen from Act of Traveling. The post was about his 5 favorite places in the Netherlands to explore with kids. Our family is planning a month in Europe next year with the Netherlands as our base. And I’d missed the post.
That’s when I knocked on Emiel’s door. I went to his home page. It was like we were having a conversation. One minute we’re talking about kids and travel. The next moment we’re talking about how Facebook and technology are taking over our lives and perhaps having a negative effect on the way we experience life. And then it’s on that foundation that the conversation moves deeper. When we start talking about how traveling can hurt. How traveling exposes us to terrible situations that don’t quickly fade away.
The post is titled, Traveling is like running, it hurts sometimes. Emiel writes,
“Actually, running is like traveling. When you travel, you move in a flow of hapiness where new memories are created. Amazed by stunning landscapes, great food and new discoveries you forget about your daily worries.”
“But that joy of running, the wandering off of the mind can be disrupted by sudden pain. My sore knee or foot disturb my running process. Every next step hurts. Sometimes the pain goes away quickly, sometimes it stays to leave a footprint.”
There are some things that should leave a footprint. Maybe the pain I feel in seeing inhumane poverty and human suffering shouldn’t quickly go away.
Head on over to Act of Traveling for a visit. Stick around for a while. Don’t just have a look and leave. Don’t be in such a hurry. Linger.
Do you feel like you’re always in a hurry? Always moving onto the next thing? Wherever you are, be there until you leave.