Sunday, January 6, 2008

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good

We never know when we might have the chance to touch the life of someone else.

I have a collection of blogs that I frequent. Some belong to friends I've known forever. Others are people I've met through my writing hobby. Still others are blogs I've found by people in Laie, to help me cope with my current bout of homesickness.

One of the Laie-based blogs led me to the blog of a family in Oregon. I really enjoyed reading their entries, so I added it to my collection.

Today, I took the girls to church, and Kara was here at the condo alone. She was having a very difficult time, overwhelmed by the Lyme disease information her internet research was turning up. She was feeling extremely low.

The mention of 'mangoes' in the title of a blog on my bookmark list caught her eye, and she ended up visiting the Oregon-based blog.

As she read through the writings of a complete stranger - a mother with little girls not all that different from ours - she was reminded of the days when it was our kids emptying the toilet paper roll and getting into the makeup. She remembered all of the good times that we have had as a family, which boosted her spirits, made her laugh, and made her cry. Reading this blog really helped her out when she was having a very tough time.

I love that the internet gives us new and powerful ways to connect with others all over the world, and gives us the chance to help and be helped by people we have never even met.

Thanks, Mahina.


Mahina said...

wow! thank you so much! i never knew that i could help a stranger through my blog! thank you for posting this so i could know. this made MY day brighter!

i too am amazed with this whole blogging world. i have new friends that i've never met!

Mandy said...

What a nice thing to say about a complete stranger. I know Mahina personally and find her to be a inspiration to my family and myself. She is an amazing mom and friend.

tutu lady said...

Thank you for taking the time to brighten my day as well as Mahina's ( my daughter). What a nice blog you have. I'll remember your family in my prayers.

Dustin & Camila said...

Don, thank you for this post, seriously. I love the way you articulated the goodness of the internet and connecting with others. So much of the internet is negative, it's good to read something like this. And in the spirit of "you never know", I've been struggling lately myself because I LOVE blogging as a form of personal expression, but sometimes it feel like I'm in a room talking to myself. To read that others can randomly come across our writings and take away something good, is good news to me.

I also know Mahina personally and love both her blog and her family. And I say kudos to you for being a great writer!