Inspired By.

There’s something sacred about reading a blog post on someone else’s site. It’s like visiting a friend’s house for a quick meal ’round the breakfast table. It’s personal — you’re in their space, and the environment is uniquely suited for idea exchange and uninterrupted conversation. In many ways, we should be treating our blogs like our breakfast tables. Be welcoming & gracious when you host, and kind & respectful when visiting.” – Trent Walton, via Swiss Miss.
I've been incredibly blessed over the last three years since starting this blog. I am being completely honest when I tell you that never once, no matter what I've posted, has anyone written a terrible comment here. I've deleted a few spammy ones here and there, but no one has ever left an anonymous insult or criticized me harshly. I've shared a lot about my life here - about losing my job, about being in therapy, about being a newlywed, about being under-employed, about losing my mom. I've written about my iTunes account getting hacked and losing $800, I've whined endlessly about my lot in life as a writer and I've revealed a lot insecurity. Sometimes I get crickets, but most times I just get encouragement. 

This week I shared an article on Prodigal, and it was one of the hardest things I've ever written. It reveals a lot of what I'm struggling with in-the-moment, and I cried through every word I wrote. I shared a lot about my faith and my lack of it. And the response was overwhelmingly positive. 

Thank you.

When so many things in life - my jobs, my relationships, my family, my self - have felt broken, this space has given me peace, assurance, a place to dwell in the positive, to enjoy the good things. It's because of you, dear readers. I'm happy to have you to chat with around my "breakfast table" of a blog. 

Here are a few delightful pieces I found from other positive spaces around the web this week. Enjoy. 

A tactful guide on commenting etiquette.

5 Reasons I Didn't Retweet You.

"Patience is bitter, but its fruits are sweet." - Jean Jacques Rousseau. A Writer's Most Important Virtue.

Want to do meaningful work? Keep reading. (Some seriously scary stats on the decline of literacy in adulthood.)

What a Life! Happy birthday, Maya Angelou.

Voices of our loved ones.

"I believe in building relationships. All kinds, any kind, if only because it instills a bit of purpose, however small, into the everyday." On being a dedicated, brings-all-her-friends kind of patron.

And because it's just really funny and completely accurate : Kate weighs in on the leggings-as-pants controversy.



Jim Woods said...

Bethany you are so welcome. Thanks for having us (all) over for breakfast! 

Christopher Johnson said...

We all dine with words divine. Thank You for giving us such hearty and filling words to partake in. My guess is This is why you do not have any bad comments.

Kim Bookless said...

You're an inspiration, Bethany. You have a rare gift, and we appreciate you sharing it with us!

jolie said...

Thanks for your kind words Rebecca! I have the same kind of relationship with my mom and often think about what my mornings and evenings will feel like without her on the phone. My heart goes out to YOU. Thanks for sharing.

Bethany Morris said...

Hi Bethany (from another Bethany...), I stumbled across your blog about a month ago + it's truly beautiful; I've been a regular reader ever since. Thank you for writing, sharing your heart + using your gift. You're a real gem. x

Bethany Suckrow said...

Thanks, other Bethany. : ) 
I really appreciate your kind words and you're faithful readership! <3 

Bethany Suckrow said...

Thanks, Christopher! I really appreciate your encouragement. :)

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