Thanks to all of you I am definitely not having the Worst Week Ever! This week has been one of the most invigorating, and thought provoking at Words For Hire. Wow! I could not have asked for a better party this week! I sat cross legged as I raptly listened to the thoughtful discussions and friendly debates. All week I have replayed conversations in my head and your words have fortified, educated and inspired me.
Who needs BlogWorld or Conferences when you can gather everyone in your own living room? Evelyn Lim, Rebecca Smith, Melissa Donovan, Jaden, Janice Cartier, Alex Fayle, Steph Vandermeulen, Alina Popescu, Karen Putz, and my new friend Seamus Anthony all popped in this week. Even Amy who has been buried in thesis writing had time to stop in for tea.
You recalled past world events and examined them in the context of the present with comments like this:
“And I think of this: the Aryans were an actual group of people (Indo Europeans) who thought themselves superior to others – it is interesting Hitler used this term for his ideas of the “supreme Aryan nation.” Some archeologist/anthropologists believe they may have started the whole light/dark, male/female polarity thinking in human thought.”–Ellen Wilson
Ulla Hennig shared her thoughts and personal insights on the travesty of World War II and asked the hard hitting question: “And I? What would I have done if I lived through that time? I know what I would have liked to do – I hate fascism – but would I have done it?”
After derailing Wendi Kelly’s thought, Robert Hruzek had this to say: “There’s a great little principle the Apostle Paul wrote once that really says it all, and is applicable to anyone, anywhere. I’ll summarize it this way: Do not blindly accept what you hear; test it for its inherent truth.”
Wendi then offered a wonderful comment which included this bit of wisdom: “This is why I say- and I have pounded this in to my children-you must examine your OWN beliefs and truths and carefully study and examine, never blindly follow no matter how bright or shiny the glitter may glow.”
There was talk of Science from the always Deep Friar mixed with his own unique brand of humor. Kelly who is directly responsible for motivating Nick Cernis‘ new blog, 44 Forks may very well rack up a second credit if Friar takes the bait. Kelly also added a thoughtful take on leadership.
I think that (mad, evil, etc.) leaders with blind followers are neither revealing nor teaching, but bullying, preying on fears and insecurities, and obscuring. By the end of that, the followers beliefs and self-concept have been warped, but they’ve been taught not a thing.–Kelly Erickson
For me, “blind faith” is an oxymoron. I’ve found that to believe – really believe – I must look deeply into an idea, and then into my own heart. I think it’s a lack of faith and an unwillingness to test one’s convictions that lead people to do the unspeakable.–Brad Shorr
For me it’s something to do with taking time, and what happens in it, as it is, rather than trying to impose my will on it. Letting things unfold in their own way, and in their own time. —Joanna Young
Back from his hiatus, Jamie Grove offered this wonderful reminder: “It’s hard to get too tied up in the universe when you laugh at the absurdity of it all.”
Life is beautiful, absurd and wonderful. I hope that you live and laugh well today! I’m off to visit with many of you today. Have an awesome Thursday!
Robert Hruzek says
Eek! Does this mean I have to actually THINK of a, um, Deep Question? (sound of gears grinding… followed by the sudden and tragic sound of gears breaking into a million pieces) 🙁
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Thanks for the link, Karen! I enjoy being here. It’s not as often as I’d like, but I hope to pick that up more in the future. Yours is one of the most thought-provoking blogs in my reader!
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Alina Popescu says
Thank you for the link love and for you great posts from this week. They definitely helped make my week a lot better!
Lots of hugs,
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Karen Swim says
@Wendi, thank you for contributing your wisdom and warmth!
@ E, I love synchronicity! 🙂
@ Joanna, when you invite the right guests the party will be a success. 🙂
Ulla, I was really impressed with how well the tough discussions went and I believe it is a testament to all of you. You all proved this week that we can disagree, discuss tough subjects and do it all in a friendly manner.
@Jaden, I am so glad you joined in this week. It was a gift to have such a smart and friendly bunch gather here.
@Robert, I had the same thought! Your place next week? 😉
@Kelly, why thy thank you my dear. My favorite kind of party, great ongoing conversation and no clean up! 😉
@Friar, that’s what I’m sayin! Whoda thunk it! It was a rocking time and I enjoyed your discussion. Prof Friar, you must take Kelly’s suggestion. 🙂
@Alex, whoo hoo!! I love you all! Big, massive hugs!
@Rebecca, thank you so much! I really appreciated having you here and contributing to the great discussion and all around good vibes. It was quite a week!
Rebecca Smith says
Thanks, Karen! Your blog is a friendly and welcoming space in our all-too-busy lives. Thanks for being so positive and uplifting 🙂
Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome says
Yay to a community effort on making your week less horrorific!
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I had a blast here this week….who’d a thunk your Tuesday post would have started such a philosophical debate over Truth and Science?
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Melissa Donovan says
Thanks Karen 😉 You definitely have a wonderful community here, with lots of thoughtful commentators. I always feel welcome and inspired when I visit. I hope next week is just as awesome!
The party discussions here this week were deeper than many conferences I’ve been to, and I could attend at midnight if it suited me. That’s better than any Expo!
Thanks for being such a thoughtful host (and thanks for the link-love!).
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Robert Hruzek says
Karen, many thanks for the most wonderful party this week! Let’s do it again real soon now. Hey, maybe we should trade these off at each other’s places? Now there’s an idea!
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What a beautiful pull of quotes. Looks like you have an interesting thoughtful group of friends.
Ulla Hennig says
thanks for that link! Just this morning, when I re-read the comments on your last blog posts, I said to myself: what a wonderful example this is of how to write a blog and how to comment on blog posts! I remember the differing views on truth, and how everyone here can have his or her say. Sometime ago – I think even on this blog, but I may be wrong – I read a discussion about whether themes like politics, race or religious beliefs should be or could be themes of blog posts. Well – Karen, your blog and the community of your blog readers show that it is possible. I raise my glass to you, Karen, and to you, fellow readers!
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Joanna Young says
Thanks for the thanks 🙂
You are turning into the hostess with the mostest.
It’s great having conversations round here.
Enjoy your day!
Ellen Wilson says
Oh how weird. See the synchronicity at work! Uncanny. I just finished posting and noticed you had linked to me. Thanks Karen.
I’m glad everyone has cheered you up. You can always shoot me an email or God forbid even get me to speak on that conference call thing majiggy. I forgot what it’s called.
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Wendi Kelly-Life's Little Inspirations says
Thank you for that link, but also for the most enlightning and fun conversations I have been a part of in a long time. I loved it!
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