When you risk the foundation of your very own self-esteem by stepping out into the blogosphere, you must be willing to take a few comments, though well-intentioned, they do sometimes make you question why you’re doing this.
I’m always anxious to see what sort of comments are waiting for me on my stats page. Some are weird, making you wonder if the submitter even read your blog. Some are supportive and kind, obviously coming from people who appreciate your efforts and the risk you’re taking by exposing yourself to the world, as it were. Recently, I received a suggestion from someone, who thought that my blog was good, and they thanked me for writing it; however, they thought my title was a bit bland: “Old and blessed.” The person who offered this criticism thought I might jazz it up a bit, make it more exciting.
In case the reader who suggested I consider another handle sees this, I want to ensure them that I’m not frayed in the least bit by their suggestion. I do very much appreciate it. I am, however, going to stick with this title, and here’s why:
I’m sixty-eight years old. I’ve lived a challenging life, which would be labeled as such by most people, if an accurate accounting were done. As I have written before, in several venues, the last twenty years have been a health roller coaster ride. The cancer Multiple Myeloma has tried its best to take me out; however, my God has blessed me with a quality of life that many with so-called good health would probably like to have had. I say that not to be braggadocios, but to let all who read this know, without doubt, that God has been with me every step of the way. With that understanding being a reality in my life, and the continual strengthening of my faith that has resulted from it, how can I feel anything except “Old and Blessed.” I have personally seen too many fellow Multiple Myeloma warriors transition beyond this corporal state that we all enjoy, while God keeps me, and keeps me exceedingly well!
Thanks for the suggestion of a new and more exciting handle, but I’ll stick with the one that describes me best, in my humble opinion anyway.
I’m old and blessed…hope you will be too.
P.S. Anyone who reads my stuff, please keep the comments coming. Feedback is welcomed.
Hello sir, I am so happy to read your article. I have just started my own blog and everyday wait for a comment on my post. Also, I think the name old and blessed suits this blog perfect.
Thanks for the positive comment. It’s always rewarding to know that someone has taken the time to read your blog. I wish you success with your blogging efforts. I’ve been at it for a while now, and hitting the publish button still makes me a bit nervous. I’ll be one of your followers. Again, good fortune.