Thursday, August 11, 2011
A Cautionary Tale!
Sunset from our cabin porch - Beech Mountain, North Carolina
August 9, 2011
Greetings from 5500 feet. We're on top of Beech Mountain, North Carolina in a huge log cabin with long covered porches on both levels. The temperatures are a delightful mid70's daytime and upper50's nighttime. It is just what we needed for a last fling prior to Mr. B beginning the fall semester of teaching. He is extremely excited about good things happening this year, but like me, was anxious to escape the horrid heat and humidity at home. This trip is much different than the weeks in Colorado. Although we have many things to do, the main focus is rest, relaxation and communication with some exercise thrown in. We've never stayed on top of Beech Mountain before, but the High Country of western North Carolina is very familiar to us, so most things we choose to do are things we have done before so it makes no difference if we do them again or simply sit on the porch and read. I am keeping my separate travel journal while here, so if you'd like to read more about our time on Beech Mountain, here's the link to that journal.
This morning, I did what (I think!!) was my first really bone-headed thing in BlogLand, so decided to take a minute and remind all of us that even though we become very comfortable here and feel as if we "know" the people with whom we communicate, it is vitally important to always remember that each BlogFriend is different and each person has carefully chosen how they approach their writing and what information they share or don't share. I am not going to share exactly what I did, but fortunately, I caught it and was able to UNDO it before any damage had been done. So don't even TRY to figure out what I did because you can't! LOL! But it served as a vivid reminder that I must always proof a comment before I hit send and even go so far as to think about the person behind the blog on which I am commenting. How much do I really know about their journey, their blog philosophy, what they have and have not shared and their approach to healthy eating/dieting/maintaining/etc? I've seen people hurt by the comments of others, not so much by the comment itself, but because the comment reflected that the commenter had probably not even closely read the post and certainly hadn't taken time to "know" the blogger prior to sending a hastily worded comment. I actually know a blogger who stopped blogging because of inappropriate comments from others. That was a long time ago, so don't try figuring that one out either!!! The last thing that goes through my mind before hitting send to a comment is this: Most likely, I can't undo this once it's gone. Is it helpful or hurtful? Could it be misinterpreted in any way? How would I feel if this comment came to me? Is it appropriate to the post and the blogger who wrote it? At least I'd like to THINK I go through that process, but as you know from my frequent typos, it doesn't always happen. But this morning's lesson was a reminder to do better. Thankfully, today's mess up was fixable, but one more thing to remember, is that most blogging platforms do not allow you to undo a comment to the blog of another person. Once it's gone - it is truly gone. And then all you can do is helplessly wish you had thought before you acted. Always be reminded that behind every blog is a very real person who smiles, laughs, hurts and bleeds just like you do.
Thanks again for your feedback on the Diet Rules to Break series I just completed. The biggest response was to rule #6 about shopping only the perimeter of the grocery store. And most of you agreed that the rule truly was outdated, so it was a good rule to break. Several of you mentioned that the bakery section was situated prominently along the perimeter of your grocery store. That is most definitely NOT a place we need to spend much time loitering. In my preferred store (Kroger), the bakery aisle is the FIRST aisle I encounter on the perimeter, right alongside fruit and produce. Geez! But not only that, the LAST aisle around the perimeter is ice cream and frozen pizza! Would you believe that in order to get to the Organic and Health Food sections, one practically has to navigate that ice cream aisle? I've found a way around through the dog food and toilet paper section. LOL! I just look at cute puppies on the Cottonnelle and Puppy Chow packages and try not to think about ice cream! The other side of the coin is many items were mentioned that we NEED for healthy eating and are ONLY found in the middle aisles. So I think we can all agree that shopping only the perimeter aisle of the grocery store doesn't work and is a good rule to break!
Enough rambling for now! If I don't get moving, Mr. B is going to decide it's time for a nap. And for someone who has only been up for two hours, it is definitely NOT time for a nap.
Please make me feel better. Have you ever commented on a blog and then immediately wished you hadn't said what you did or worded it differently?