Like a lot of other bloggers, I have been wondering what or if I should be posting anything right now. Mary Ann summed it up by saying that, "Yesterday's events in Boston make blogging this morning seem like a selfish indulgence". I have been thinking about that all day today. My initial response was to agree, but now I am not so sure.
I have found the blogging community to be very warm, welcoming and supportive. I know that the blogs I read are just a tiny portion of what is out there and I am sure there are plenty I don't want to know about.. Regardless, what I have encountered are people who care deeply about their animals, their farms, their friends, their family. They have room in their hearts to care about other people's animals and families as well and they want to share all of that through their blogs. Is that really so self indulgent? It may feel like it on the surface, but I don't think it is. I think it may be part of the backbone of our society.
Is it wrong to want to step away from the pain and horror that is reverberating inside of any caring person right now? To step back and enjoy a beautiful picture of new lambs, to take a moment to appreciate a long awaited birth, to have a chuckle at a Border Collie's obsessions. I don't think so, because those who can step away for a moment, are the ones who can come back later, renewed, able to carry on and help when needed.
For myself, I know that there is nothing that I can do for the people of Boston right now. Aside from sending them my prayers and good wishes, I can do nothing other then offer my own little bits of brightness. My obsessive and wonderful Border Collie, my beautiful horses, my sweet and cuddly donkeys. My stories and anecdotes that, hopefully, bring a smile and lighten a load. It is all I have to offer right now to counterbalance the ugliness and pain in our world. And so I do.
I hope that some of you will join me on your own blogs in offering some little bit of goodness and light. If you do not have a blog and would still like to share something, send it to me at aerissana at gmail.com and I will post it here where we can all join in and spread a bit more light.