Thursday, October 9, 2008

Am I selfish?

Over the last few months I have discovered that I really like blogs. I like reading about what other people are up to in life, and what they are thinking about. Every couple of weeks I make my blog rounds and read up on the people that I know keep up with blogs. Then I got to thinking: if I enjoy reading other peoples thoughts, am I selfish for not sharing mine? I think I've always been this way. It's funny how our personalities spill out into different areas in life. I have always enjoyed discussion style learning. That probably sounds funny to any one who has been in class with me because they would notice that I rarely say anything during classes. Once a group gets larger than about four or five people, I tend to simply sit back and listen. Unless I hear something that I believe is completely false but its being accepted by the group as true or I have a strong feeling that I am having a unique perspective that no one else seems to be thinking about, I usually just sit and listen to all sides of an argument without saying a word. I guess I just figure that if I wait long enough, some one else will say what I was thinking anyway. If that doesn't happen, then I usually speak up as the group is wrapping up that topic. Anyways, I noticed recently that I am acting the same way with blogs. I read quite a few blogs and online discussions but never take part in any of them. Some I agree with, others not so much. Over the last year I have thought about a lot of different aspects of my faith. I have questions things that I have never questioned before and gained a new perspective on life and spirituality. This was a pretty scary experience at first, but I have gained some comfort through reading blogs and discussions written by others who have had similar thoughts. That led to the question in my title. What if some one else out there is dealing with the same questions and my blog would be helpful to them? I have always loved listening, reading, and learning. I don't think it is fair to others if I don't force myself to step out of my quiet comfortable self and speak up sometimes. Throughout my life I have been told over and over again that one of my greatest strengths is wisdom, but that my greatest weakest and keeping it to myself. I figured that starting a blog would be a good step in the right direction. So here it goes....

6 comments:

dave said...

you know what, i was reading through your post and i started thinking, you're really selfish man.

dude, how's it going? it was good to see you too, and no i'm happy to see that i will be able to keep up with you more.

i hope all is well man. welcome to the blog world.

Christie Kauffman said...
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Christie Kauffman said...

I love you too! And yes, you do have a lot of wisdom and others WILL benefit from your thoughts and words....they already do. :)

Oh, and I think you left something out when you wrote on my blog. :)

Matt Chewning said...

Dearest selfish wise Mr Kauffman.
Whats up brotherman? Hope your doing well. Miss ya man. U moving to Boston yet?

Matt Chewning said...

oh yeah one more thing.

so you ended your last blog with

here it goes.......

and here I am 12 days later still waiting for you to post something.

Chris said...

haha, I didn't say I was going to blog a lot.