When I write my blog, it is more therapy for me than anything else. Putting my fingers to the keys provides me with an outlet that, while mainly for my benefit, is hopefully beneficial to others as well. Yesterday, I wrote a blog regarding the exclusion of special needs children in our local Catholic schools. It was meant to spark conversation, but more importantly open some minds and hearts. It did just that. In fact, out of all of my blogs, this entry have more readers that most of my blogs combined. Amazing.
Here is what is interesting to me. Each person who responded had their own take on what I wrote. It resonated differently for everyone, which brought me tremendous joy. When others share their experience, strength, and hope, everyone benefits. It is a teachable moment. I write for the love of it, but I am always reminded that if my words ignite exchanges, then my job has been successful. It was not a blog on preaching of what should be, but instead what I hope will transpire. It is a delicate balance. When I put my words and thoughts out there for the world to see, it puts me in a vulnerable position. I have to be okay that others may be offended by my words, but in the end, my intention is that my words give them pause. Pausing to reflect on the possibilities of a world full of acceptance, tolerance, and most of all patience with one another. We have a long road to go until that happens. For now, I will bask in the warmth that it is happening slowly. It is important to remember that we are more alike than different. We all want the same thing, and when that is the focus, miracles happen.