In honour of Michelle Wallace’s blogging birthday, she’s hosting the Ubuntu Blog Hop, which I think is a wonderful philosophy. To use the material lifted from Michelle’s blog:
What is ubuntu? "In Africa, there is a concept known as UBUNTU – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others." – Nelson Mandela.
With everything we do in life, our efforts are somehow combined with those of others. If we write, we need critique partners or beta readers. If we run into problems, we have close friends whose advice we trust. Even when we go shopping, there are times we take a friend because we need a second opinion or don’t trust our judgment 100%.
I’ve been hinting that I plan to move in a new direction in a short time and since making my decision on January 20, I’ve been putting my ducks in a row, so to speak. In thinking about what I planned to write today, the concept of Ubuntu seems fitting.
During my exploration in the last month, I have come across a number of people who have been more than willing to share their expertise. Each time I meet a hurdle, by reaching out, I find someone with more experience than I have and it never ceases to amaze me how willing people are to help another person who has a need. In my latest crisis (which I can’t talk about until it has resolved), I’ve been talking to a lawyer who I know through my job. In speaking to him about the challenge I now have, he’s going above and beyond and, by coincidence, practices in the area in which I’m having the problem.
I try to bring the same attitude to my writing, in that I help others if I can or whenever I’m asked. When I started writing fiction, many writers who had a better grip of the craft helped me by critiquing my work and offering advice. I will be forever grateful for those persons.
I’m also grateful to Michelle for giving me a chance to think about these things. I thank God for the gifts and graces He’s given me, but I don’t always think about those who enrich my life by just their presence. Michelle is one of those people. She’s a wonderful pal, who can always be counted on to support others, and exemplifies the theme around which she’s based her celebration.
Happy blogging anniversary, Michelle. Here’s to Ubuntu and many more years of blogging on your part.
Visit the other hoppers here.