There are people in the world that use the anonymity of the Internet to abuse other people, to vent, to hurt, to, well, we’ve all seen them. But there are others who can more easily open up and share. People who can really say what is on their mind and tell people things, good things, that are hard to say face to face. I’ll admit I’m one of these. I’m a bit shy and reserved when I talk to people in the flesh. Speaking my feelings isn’t the easiest thing in the world. I often hide my emotion and my opinion. I don’t know why. Perhaps it is the cultural stereotype that men aren’t supposed to have these feelings, say these things. Perhaps it is the fear that a positive statement will be seen as a come-on. For whatever reason, for me it’s easier to open up online. And what I try to express is the positive.
I’m not saying I’m more shallow on line. No! I have the same feelings and it expends the same emotional energy. I don’t say anything different. It is easier, though. For one, you don’t see me turn red and stare at me feet ;) I can say things here I sometimes wish I could say in the flesh.
Is that how you are? Do you find it easier to express your positive feelings about someone on line?
I’ve had a few online conversations lately that have made me smile. People have been open and generous. Some have showed gratitude, compassion, kindness and friendship. Although hate often flows over the Internet, I’m a witness that so does love, so does love.
There is a great group of people out there! So many of the posts I’ve read, the conversations I’ve had, the comments that I’ve read, the conversations I wasn’t part of but witnessed, these things and more warmed my heart. They made me smile :) So today I just want to say that all of you reading, commenting here and elsewhere, or writing in your own blogs are a huge reason to smile. Thank you!