Life is the Canvas, Thought is the Paintbrush

This is my thanks to all bloggers.

It was back in 1979 that AT&T coined the advertising slogan, "Reach out and touch someone." Ancient history or not, it is a very real desire to reach out and communicate with others, to touch others in any way possible. The last few days, I've run across many blogs that are all reaching out and touching others with joy, sometimes sorrow and pain, but always sharing what lies within.

I ran across one blog that determined a post's worth by separating truth from truthiness, saying that value to others comes only from information derived from fact found through research, from an authority. I can't find that post again to link to it, not that I really want to; because, of course, I beg to differ.

It is only worth reading if it comes from an authority?

I hit the roof. Reading that post made me see red. In one sentence, it denied the value of every single person. Sure, that's jumping to conclusions, but it is still the one I came to. I have run into wisdom and truth willingly shared from many more individuals than any sort of 'authority' out there. To be honest, I trust real people sharing a part of themselves far more than experts or professionals. It seems as soon as a paycheck is involved, truth goes out the window. You can't buy honesty, loyalty or truth.

Truth and truthiness; is there a distinction?

From what I recall, the author of that post said that 'truthiness' is only one person's interpretation, and therefore is not of value to anyone else. This just didn't make sense to me. Deciding that something is the truth takes exploration and integration - a lot of thought. To say that has no value to someone else is to say no one has value to another.

That's not what I say! I believe that...

"We do not teach; we share our knowledge."

It is through sharing that we discover the commonalities and differences that give each of us value. That value can only come through sharing. What is different and what is the same between us is what makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

The power is thought.

As soon as you draw in breath to sing, as soon as you face a blank canvas, as soon as you hover your hands over your computer's keyboard you are focusing your creativity, your thoughts. This focus goes into the music, onto the canvas with the paint and into the words you are writing. This is a fire that lights the way, that grows, that spreads, that ignites more fires. It is your meaning and reason that you are manifesting, sharing with others.

The bottom line.

I value each and every blog I've read. I value the time and energy each person has invested in writing and sharing with me, the reader. I value the time and energy spent reading the words that I write.

From my heart to yours, I thank you.

Find the great blogs I'm talking about by clicking on the Entrecard (E-card) and visitng those listed in the Recent Readers list.


  1. Oh I wish you had the link, so I could go and give them a piece of my mind too. :) In fact, they are not even right. If talking about monetary value, the individual is coming more and more valuable. In Sweden, the advertisers are flocking to be promoted on their blogs, as they have found that TV and other sources of "authority" doesn't appeal to the buyer any more. They want an honest opinion of a blogger, and they want to read about the bloggers life and personal experience. I have been looking at these "pay to review" posts on blogs. Suddenly I realize that people who haven't even seen the product, are telling me how good it is. As you said, as soon as pay check is involved, the honesty flies out the window - often anyway.

  2. Welcome, Sebastyne! Glad to see you here. I enjoyed reading your blog and I recommend it.

    I can't agree with you more. There is invaluable value to each and every person that chooses to use their voice!

    Advertising used to use quotes from buyers, testimonies to the product and the service. Somehow, that seemed to go out of style, and it sure doesn't fit with broadcast ads.

    I can only write a review if I truly like a product. I won't lie. I wish I could be paid for my honesty. I bet product quality would increase if all reviewers held that same standard!

    I looked and couldn't find that blog I saw that writeup on. I think it was one that touts the numbered lists as an absolute must for posts too. I'll let you know if I run across it again...