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We're all little reminders to each other.
Yes, even you.
More than 200 people left comments.
Generally, when more than 200 people leave comments on anything, my instinct is to hide. Working on the Soulpancake Youtube channel and creating Kid President videos for years taught me to cultivate a healthy relationship with the comment section. One must *carefully* peruse the comments. You’ll get hopeful and helpful comments. You’ll get a few comments from robots. You’ll also get a few hurtful comments that cut deeply, get under your skin and pop-up into your brain on random Tuesdays 10 years later. Such is the internet.
Last week, though, more than 200 people commented on something I shared and I’m happy to report it’s all good. Very good. Deeply good.
The prompt was simple: “Tell me something good. I could use a list of good things.” The responses were profound and personal. They were simple and huge. They were exactly what I needed — reminders that good exists.
It is comment after comment of ordinary/extraordinary encounters with life. Moments shared. Milestones marked. Challenges overcome. Wonders witnessed. Peace felt. Forgiveness granted.
Mary Oliver said, “The beginning of all prayer is attentiveness.” I’m actively learning just how right she was. There’s a world of sacred things just waiting to be noticed.
Running your own creative business is not always easy nor fun. It does not always lend itself toward peace or certainty. The last few months have been a journey of stress to stress. Struggle to struggle. Life has pulled me in so many directions and I have been so wildly distracted by it all. Wonder quieted by worry.
Against the backdrop of what one generally finds on the internet, the gentle nature of these comments is a bit jarring. Where’s the outrage? Where’s the worry? It's rare for the internet to bring me to a place of peace and even rarer for a comments section to become a prayer. Yet, that’s what happened.
Dear people shared reminders of good. There is so much of it. May we see it more. May we share it more. May the prayer go on and on.
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