~I Whitney, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. ~ 1 Nephi 1:1
I love literature; writings are wonderful. I suppose this is my small effort to write down my hopes and dreams, my faith and my shortcomings in order to contribute to that vast pool of human scribbles that has collected eons and eons worth of articulated thoughts. It seems so insignificant in that wide pool, yet I can’t help but be excited knowing I am adding… isn’t there some Chinese proverb that says one drop of water will raise the ocean? Or one raindrop will stop a drought? Or water in the kiddy pool will always attract flies? Ok, so I made that up but it sounds legitimate enough to be on Mulan I think.
Beyond my ‘profound desire to add to the kiddy pool of life’ I think that making “a record of my proceedings in my days” is necessary for enlightenment. Why though? Nephi has his reasons (which by the way are pretty solid), but why do I want to keep this record? What’s that? You want to know why too?
Reasons Whitney is Blogging:
1) “Pens are Obsolete“. That is a horrible, yet exciting truth! It’s kind of like watching animal planet; I can picture the endangered Ball Point limping away from a lethal, foaming at the disc drive cyborg chocked full of viruses who will sink its teeth into the poor pen and in a splatter of ink, the pen will be no more. At the same time, the creepy pen-killing cyborg ushers in the future.
2) Practice makes perfect! Why not have fun and refine my skills? I kid you not when I say ‘write a book’ is on my bucket list (it’s before or after eat a bug and knit a sweater). It does not matter what kind of book, or even if it is published, but by golly I will write one! I like to humor myself now by thinking I’ll become the next J. K. Rowling but really my hopes have been dashed long ago time ago when I realized I go into a bipolar fit of rage, sorrow, giddiness and depression over a minuscule 5 page paper on The Tempest (forget a 4,000 pg series). Nevertheless, mountains will be climbed!
3) Glamorous life of a blogger. It’s really interesting that being a blogger seems fashionable to me. Of course I have to trail behind trends before I catch on. I remember sophomore year in high school; I could not stand moccasins. They were all the rage and all I could think was ‘they look like they belong in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’. I came to love them just as they rode the tide out of the high school scene. I am very happy with this pattern of refusing to wear something until I am absolutely convinced it is cute. Maxi skirts are slowly weeding their way into my wardrobe, and just like the floor length skirts, blogging has wedged its way into my consciousness.
4) Share my love. This is a beautiful existence and I believe so many wonderful things that have been made manifest as truth to me; how can I not throw back my head and shout these joys to the world! It is my duty as a daughter of a Heavenly Father to not shy from sharing these good things. Nephi is a role model to me in many ways; one is of his determination to record his proceedings which in return have changed the lives of millions.
Let the blogging begin!