Welcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival – this week’s word is: Sincere.
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Are We Sincere?
In this throw-away world where we consume not just food but products, media and everything else we can find as quickly as possible, have we detached ourselves from our ability to be sincere?
Last week I made what is to me a HUGE announcement but what is to most people absolutely nothing really.
I was (and still am) excited because I signed my first book contract.
The book I’m writing though is not a work of fiction, it’s never going to be made into a movie and it isn’t anything that most of my friends will ever need or have any reason to buy or read.
It’s hugely important to me, but it will make little or no impact on their lives.
Yet something surprising happened.
I didn’t make the announcement until late in the day but by the end of the day, my announcement was the second most read post ever on my blog – and it continued for the next couple of days, too.
People came in their hundreds to read my announcement and what really struck me was how many took the time to comment or respond in some fashion.
People shared the news on their own facebook walls, they left messages and clicked ‘like’ on my facebook link, they tweeted me, they left comments on my blog and some even emailed me directly.
Since that day I’ve run into friends all over town who have congratulated me on it. It has really been quite amazing.
What’s really amazing to me though is how sincere everyone is in their congratulations.
How many times a week do we say we’ll pray for someone or something and then completely forget about it because we weren’t really sincere?
How often do we congratulate someone or commiserate with them over something while only giving them half of our attention and not truly being sincere about what we are saying?
How often do we spout off throw away lines without even really thinking about what we’re saying? “Oh, I’m so sorry!”, “I’ve been thinking about you.”, “I missed you.”… the list goes on.
Facebook seems to help a little with our sincerity though because it’s hard to write an insincere comment, it’s easier just to not bother commenting at all. It’s not like the person is standing in front of you and you feel you have to say something.
The sheer volume of people who congratulated me on my contract was unbelievable though and I have to admit I do truly think that they were sincere, after all, why bother commenting if you’re not.
So maybe my hypothesis is wrong.
Maybe we ARE more sincere than I think… Maybe with just a little work on cleaning up those automatic responses that we don’t even think about we can become a society of people who are sincere and who are not detached from our ability to be sincere.
Maybe the first paragraph of this post is completely wrong…
I sincerely hope so!