I had the best conversation Monday morning. One of my favorite bloggy friends gave me a call, and though we’ve never officially met (I stood close to her once when we were both waiting for appointments with editors/agents at a conference a couple of years ago–though I recognized her from her blog I was too shy to introduce myself. Still kicking myself.) there wasn’t a pause in the conversation once. In fact, I think we could have talked for another hour. I felt just as refreshed as if we’d sat down at the kitchen table together and chatted over coffee.
This sweet visit got me to thinking about community, and how online communities have evolved. And that got me to thinking about my online community and the host of amazing folks I have met there.
Take Gordon Atkinson, for example. Gordon is one of our Founding Editors over at High Calling Blogs. I’ve always enjoyed reading Gordon’s articles on faith–he has a matter-of-fact way of writing about vulnerability that exposes the humanity in us all. He’s an excellent writer on all things God (and I’m guessing a stellar pastor–but you’ll have to ask the folks at Covenant Baptist Church in San Antonio about that) but it wasn’t his faith writings that captured my attentions recently.
Not too long ago, Gordon dropped a line in one of our ongoing online group conversations that made me realize the stuff he is made of.
I fell into depression in 2004 and 2005.
We’re trying to get to each other better in this community, and by way of introduction, he offered those words in between a couple of lines about writing. It seemed a casual mention, almost in passing.
But they screamed to me.
In that simple statement I felt the devastation this silent epidemic can cause. As a mental health professional I understand just a little bit of the need to increase awareness about this illness.
My curiosity led me over to Gordon’s blog, where I discovered a whole series of writings on living through depression. He calls it “The Depression Stuff” and you can find right here. If you or someone you love has ever struggled with this illness, you’ll applaud Gordon’s frankness in sharing his experience.
While you’re over there, you might check into his books and other topics too.
I’ll be introducing you to some other members of our community in the next couple of weeks. You know how it is…When you find something good, the first thing you want to do is share it, right? Well, I’m looking forward to sharing some interesting folks with you.
Until then, many blessings!