Hello everyone! It is hard to believe it has been almost six years since the last time I wrote a blog post. What!?!?!
A lot has changed in those six years and especially in the past 12 months. I plan to launch a couple of new projects in the next few months, but first I wanted to start with (re)launching this blog. I have changed the name of the blog from the original “Steve’s Thinking Space” to “On the Road to Peace: People Helping People”. With the name change comes a change in focus as well. Steve’s Thinking Space was a blog intended to help bring light to positive things in life and therefore it had a fairly broad scope – more or less anything I interpreted to be positive. “On the Road to Peace” will focus on people that I know, or will meet in the future that in one way, shape, or form are leading with their hearts to help other people.
The idea for the twist on this blog came to me while running yesterday (so many of my ideas come to me while running). Years ago, I had an idea of writing a book about 100 peaceful people in NC – one person for each county, My plan was to actively seek out what would possibly be the most peaceful person in each county, interview them, write up an article for each that would become a chapter in the book, and then somehow get the book published. While running yesterday, I was thinking about what I could do that I would enjoy but that would also be in service to others, and this derivative of that idea was born.
There are people helping others all over the place. I am fortunate to know a lot of people like this already. My hope with this blog is to 1) bring attention to the acts of kindness that people are performing in the world, 2) bring attention to the heart centered change makers in this world, and 3) help people discover the resources that are available to them in this world that they might not have otherwise had the opportunity to discover.
My plan is to get started on publishing posts to this blog in January 2020. I hope to be able to limit these posts to around 700 to 800 words (a challenge for me). These will usually be interview style blog posts and I will have a set of standard questions that I ask each person. I want to delve beyond the ordinary with these posts. I want to not only focus on what each person is bringing into the world, but also dig into an honest discussion of the struggles they have faced (or are currently facing). Two related things that I have learned in the past six years (especially recently) is that 1) the positive often comes with or through struggle and 2) it is important for us to recognize, feel, and honor all of our emotions.
I want to explore the challenges, struggles, and the full emotional experience that is behind the work that each person is putting out into the world to help others in some way.
About the blog name: One big way we overcome our differences is in getting to know people. One way we get to know them is to reach out to them in some way. One way to reach out to them is to offer assistance. In my view, people that are out there in the world helping others are creating a bridge to peace in this world. The “On the Road” part of the name refers to a couple of things. One is, I used to travel for work A LOT, and there is a good possibility that travel will be involved with my future career as well. I envision that eventually a lot of these posts will be about people that I meet while traveling – either intentionally or coincidentally through grace.
Happy Holidays everyone! I look forward to getting started after the first of the year!!