I’ve been thinking a lot about Project Whitespace, what it means to myself and to readers, and how that all fits in with my writing and who I am.
There’s this whole message out there that blogs should have a focus, and trust me, I have tried at this. But it just isn’t happening the way I originally thought it should. When it comes down to it, I just like to write, and in the end, if that means that my posts and blogs in general won’t be optimized for the web, well, then, I guess that’s ok. So, while I might write about marathons, and I might write about blogging, and I might write about art or some other topic, there are a few streams that I know I often write about, or else, my style reflects the concept. Here they are.
1. Inspiration and encouragement. No matter what I write, I love to be as inspiring and as encouraging to others as I possibly can. It is always my desire to inspire hope, excitement, or self-belief in those who read my posts.
2. Learning. Again, no matter what I write–which comes out of my experiences–I try to see a life lesson in it. Daily, in my random and mundane experiences and in relationships and interactions with others, I ask myself, what is the lesson I can learn from here? I think I’ve done this all my life.
So, while I may not pick a topic and stick to it, I believe I certainly have a style and a voice that stays consistent. I’m happy about that.
These three things come together in an obvious way: as I learn, I share what I learn. What I have discovered, or remembered, or got in the gut of me, I want others to see and learn from as well. And so as I write out what I’ve learned, or what I see, I do so in a way that I hope encourages and inspires you to see the lesson in your own life. The lessons that life doles out to us are meant to help us along our journey. And we can get life lessons in our own experiences, in the teachings of others, and I believe we can get them in our gut–that still, small voice–one that I refer to as God–God whispers.
I titled this post “To Better Myself” because the three things that are consistent in this blog–inspiration, encouragement and learning–are three things that I think make me a better me.
I believe that if we ever stop learning, we will lose our love of life. Learning is what keeps us young and what keeps us moving forward. If your mind is ready for a lesson, and your heart is open to new experiences and new perspectives, your life will be an adventure. An adventure. So, for this reason, I will always deem myself a student. A student of everything. This helps me to be a better me.
Inspiration and Encouragement
On the other hand, for me personally, I believe that inspiring and encouraging others is just a part of who I am–it’s my calling. It’s what I’m supposed to do. I know this because when I’m doing that, I feel like I’m in a zone. I’m in the sweet spot. It feels good and it feels right. This makes me happy. And so I like to pass along my learning in an inspiring and encouraging way. So, for this reason, I see myself as a teacher. This helps me to be a better me.
And so I blog about what I learn, in an inspiring and encouraging way, in order to better myself. I hope when you think of Project Whitespace, you think of a place where you might be inspired, accepted, and encouraged. I hope when you think of it’s author, you see a student, a lover of life, and you see a teacher who wants to pass that love of life along.
I’m still doing a lot of thinking and soul searching, and I’m hoping you will stick by. There’s not going to be any fireworks or anything, but I’m thinking it might be interesting.