Not The Same Ol’

When I started this blog, my intent was to share my thoughts, to chronicle what is taking place in my life. As I looked around the blogosphere, I was surprised by the dearth of blogs written by men in similar circumstances. Or dissimilar circumstances for that matter.

What I found were trained professionals, therapists, psychiatrists, psychics, etc., who follow a formula. If you feel X, you should do Y.

As a result I committed to never write in that voice, to never presume I have any idea what anyone needs to do on their journey.

In that vein, on occasion,  I’ve written a few posts for other sites that aren’t focused specifically on my journey. Poetry and comedy specifically.

Today, I’m sharing a post that is about my journey which I published on bayart.org.

Bay Art is an interesting repository for bloggers to share their art on a wide spectrum of health and wellness topics. I have followed it for a while and decided to post my essay on “Surviving Thanksgiving: Strategies For the Newly Divorced and Separated.”

This is an essay I initially proposed to The Huffington Post. Evidently, it didn’t meet their needs and Huffington Post elected to not respond to my submission. Not the first time that’s happened. I imagine they are bombarded with submissions and breaking through is a big ol’ challenge.

I then submitted the essay to The Elephant Journal, a great site focused on mindfulness. The Elephant Journal responded! They asked for a number of edits. I made them and resubmitted. Evidently the revised version didn’t work for them either.

That led me to Bay Art. I posted the essay on Tuesday, November 8. I think there are over sixty likes already! And 680 “shares” though I have no idea what that means honestly.

What I do know is that there are a number of new people who have followed my blog as a result of the Bay Art post, and if you’re one of them, thank you.

And thank you, to all of you have been following my blog, from inception and on. I don’t think I can begin to describe how gratifying it is to know you appreciate me sharing my journey, to know that some of you identify with the good, the bad, and the ugly.

We’re all in this together, aren’t we?

Here’s the link one more time to Bay Art. And I’ll be back in a day or two at the latest, with a new post.

Stay in touch. Connect.

Jon

P.S. Matt Foley, my inspirational speaker inspiration.

Chris Farley, in one of his best roles on SNL, motivational speaker, Matt Foley
http://player.theplatform.com/p/NnzsPC/widget/select/media/guid/2410887629/ac64ffaa4f099c6f62db471b6403a5df

” target=”_blank”>Click on me and then get ready to laugh.