Monday, May 04, 2009

5000+ Visits

Sometime today I had the 5000th hit on this blog. I'm not sure what to think of this. I'm still surprised that anyone wants to read anything I write. When I did daily thoughts on email I often felt good about what I sent out. In those days I felt like I was providing something of value that many people needed. I often felt like a teacher whether I was writing about psychology, contemplation, or Zen. Occasionally I was able to make people feel good with stories of my granddaughter or tales of my rock and roll adventures. I felt as though I was raising the consciousness of many people and giving them a new way to look at themselves and life. In recent months, however, I have felt stagnant and uninspired. Too often I have been negative, probably boring, and a little pretentious to boot. Sometimes I feel pressured to be inspiring but I know I do this to myself. To be honest I don't think anyone can be intentionally inspiring. If I am inspiring to anyone, it is a happy accident or the desire of a higher power to use me for that purpose. My life is very ordinary and so am I. I'm just an everyday person who has tried to share the thoughts that orbit in my head and the simple adventures of my life and to do this as honestly as I can with language that is enjoyable to read. In spite of my ups and downs as a person I know I have some faithful readers who've been with me for a while. I also know there are strangers all over the United States and around the world who find me by accident through the power of Google. A few of you have become long distance friends. So, whether you are an old friend, a new friend, or complete stranger, I appreciate your visit and I hope that I sometimes write something that you enjoy. Blogging is something that doesn't usually give you much of a payback. As I have said before, when I post something on this blog it is like scattering seeds to the wind. You have no idea where they will land or if they grow into anything. I don't expect responses to anything I write but I am always happy to hear from people. So, if you are one of the 5000+ who have received one of my seeds and it made your day a little better, I'd love to hear from you. Even bloggers need a little encouragement!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ahh Mr. August West, to read these every day makes me happy to hear how you are doing. I too go through the spirtual bumpy journey and have days where I don't feel I can keep my "chin up." But like every blessing, you post something that makes me think, hey everything is gonna be alright!! And with the help of the Dead and Allman brothers, we are all good!! See you soon my friend, it is May and I have pictures for you from a show I saw in Boston!!