Welcome to my blog!
Writing a blog is something I’ve wanted to do and have been encouraged to do for years. But I’ve not been inclined to start until now. I write for a living as a freelance business and technology journalist, and my thinking was, why write more stuff in my spare time?
After I’d finished working for the day, including writing blogs for a lot of my clients, I really didn’t want to keep writing. I also didn’t want to spend time on the weekends doing something I was doing during the week.
So why start this now? For one thing, I’ve cut back on my work time for a variety of reasons, including some major health issues. As a result, I have a bit more time to create content on topics that are more personal than cloud computing, cyber security and other areas I typically write about.
There’s a much more important reason, though. I feel called to do this. A few recent scares, such as a cardiac arrest that left me clinically dead for nearly 10 minutes before being revived, got me thinking that maybe it’s time to put my thoughts down for the world to see.
My goal in writing this journal of experiences and insights is simple: to help remind readers, and myself, that all of us have much to be grateful for, even if doesn’t seem that way when life is throwing challenges at us. Despite all the things that can and do go wrong—big and small—we can look for and find reasons to embrace gratitude as a way of life.
Practicing gratitude can have profound health benefits, according to research at the University of Southern California. This includes better sleep, reduced symptoms of physical pain, lower blood pressure and a bunch of other results associated with better health.
Being grateful comes in many forms and it can help us to better deal with the challenges we might be facing—no matter how overwhelming they seem.
I have no financial motivation in starting this blog and I’m not looking to gain more attention online. As a long-time contributor to some of the most popular technology sites online I’ve had plenty of Internet exposure, so that’s not what I’m trying to achieve.
This is meant to be a place where you can come by for a few moments to share in my experiences and—I hope—take away some insights that will help you in some way. We all need help now and then in finding the bright spots in life.
For this endeavor to be successful, it needs to be interactive. I hope you will feel comfortable contributing your own thoughts and experiences in the comments section or by sending me a note privately.
In future posts, I plan to share experiences I’ve had and what I’ve taken away from them. Some of these have been extremely difficult; others more typical of the day-to-day struggles we all experience.
I know you have plenty of choices of places to spend your time online, so I truly appreciate your stopping by and I hope you’ll come back. I also hope you will share the link to this site with anyone you know who’s having a hard time and might be inspired. And please feel free to provide feedback. I’m always looking for inspiration, and anyone can provide inspiration to others if they choose to.
In my next post I’ll discuss a recent health crisis that led to an unexpected and initially devastating result, as well as a significant change in my way of life. I’ll describe how I was able to embrace gratitude during some of the darkest moments of this experience.
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”—G.K. Chesterton
To subscribe, type your email in the box below then click on the green subscribe button. When you receive a confirmation message from WordPress, click on the “confirm now” button to complete the process.