Those of you new to Highlowaha will quickly learn that the 18th of any month means one thing to our community. It is the day we engage in our favorite monthly ritual - an activity worth sticking around for.
But first a short rant.
Where there is indifference there is apathy and where there is apathy there is rarely community. Last month I neglected to draw the name of one lucky winner to receive the Ray Wattson shirt of his/her choice. No one called me on it.
That's not good. Your indifference means we have work to do as a community. The shirts are way too cool to ignore, so it either means you didn't know, didn't care, or didn't want to hurt my feelings. Say nothing and I hear, "Whatever. What do I care?" Rattle my cage and I hear, "Listen up, Claudia. You promised a Ray shirt a month. I tune in every day, read what you have to say, and patiently wait for the chance to win a highly sought after Ray Wattson shirt. Get with it. I expect more from you and from this community."
All is not lost, though.
Scold me. Go to the comment section and hold me accountable for letting our community down. I'll give May's shirt to the person who makes me feel most guilty. That means you too, Lurkers! Visit GalleRay to see your choices.
And while you're at it... engage in the activity that has quickly become a monthly ritual (and enter yourself in a chance to win June's t-shirt)?
Each month on the 18th, we pay tribute to the origin of our blog name and to the core of what our blog is about. We stop, take a few minutes, and reflect on "highs" (best thing); "lows" (worst thing); and "ahas" (something we learned) from the past month.
That's what communities do - occasionally give the gift of time, knowing the investment you make in sharing a small piece of yourself, contributes to a whole far bigger than the sum of its parts. That, and hold one another accountable.
Here are my highs, lows, and ahas for the past month.
- High: Katie arriving in Texas and a fruitful HLA retreat, resulting in a bright future for Highlowaha.
- Low: Backing my car into a light post (small ding) and making a professional decision for which I am less than proud.
- Aha: Thomas Edison had, on average, 17 posts every year for 63 years.
Now you. Go to comment section. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Signing off until tomorrow...