Friday, July 30, 2010

Going down the Rabbit-Hole...

One benefit of being stuck in a hospital room without reliable internet access, was the opportunity to go read all of those blog posts that I've been accumulating in my Favorite Blogs Folder for just such an occasion!

Before I share some of my faves, I have to ask all of you other bloggers and readers how you manage your reading and writing schedule.  Has anyone found that illusive perfect system?  Throughout my life, I have been on a variety of quests for the perfect something...the perfect crayon color, zit cover-up, handbag, baby monitor, humidifier, planner.  With my new role as Chief Chick and the accompanying inbox that overfloweth, I am hard-pressed to choose between reading and writing!

Recently Melinda, one of my oldest (not age-wise Mel!!) friends, was talking about reading my June Synopsis blog and confessed that she had resisted going down the rabbit-holes.  This term was new to me, and I immediately fell in love with it.  Like my fifteen year-old with a new saying, I may be wearing out its welcome, but am doing so with glee!  Such a wonderful way to sum up the blog-reading experience.

 The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.

Now, the fact is that going down the rabbit-hole was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to Alice and led her to Wonderland!  Problem is, that most of us aren't just sitting on the bank being bored.  So we avoid the rabbit-hole like the plague.  Even when some of the very best scenery is to be had by falling:

The very oldest post I had was from Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist way back in February.  All about mindfulness, one line especially stuck with me as I am guilty as sin of this one: 

Hohlbaum says, “Busy is the new fine.” It’s true. Someone asks, “How are you?” and you say, “Busy.” Can you see how messed up that is? It’s a script, right? The person doesn’t really care how you are. The person wants to just hear that you’re fine and move on to the meat and potatoes of the conversation. So if you say busy, you are either saying you do not understand the social convention of opening niceties (very bad to say) or you are saying that busy is the new fine (also very bad to say). Busy is not fine. Busy is too much going on to be your best self. So stop talking about it and fix it.

Then I took a side trip over to Remodelaholics blog where I always learn something new, and was rewarded with an introduction to Rosie's Whimsy, and presto-the perfect birthday gift for my daughter!

Seth Godin can be annoyingly prolific, but I must admit he often says something really valuable and has that uncanny ability to say it an a way that stays with you. Here's a taste:

In short: it's a lot easier to seduce someone whose worldview and attitude makes them open to it. If you want to be successful at whatever form of seduction you have in mind, seek out the right people.

I have never read Lip-Sticking without coming away re-committed to the cause that's been growing in my heart like Alice after a piece of cake: women.

We're stronger, better, smarter, more confident than at any other time in history. We have a strong collective voice online via blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and our many communities. We aren't afraid to speak up nor are we afraid to stand up.

Sometimes a fall down a rabbit-hole is just what the doctor ordered. Now just have to figure out how to find the perfect time to fall...

Brag Monday
Thank you Karen!
The Graphics Fairy


  1. ...And don't forget to pick something up while you're down..wait, that's exactly what you did! BRAVO!

  2. Very good thoughts today. Hope you are feeling better. Take care.

  3. Beautiful post today Gretch - "If you believe and just jump down the rabbit hole - there will always be a net"!!! How long are you in the hospital? xoxo

  4. There is never a "right" moment for anything. In my opinion, you already jumped and are now just collecting bits and pieces of memorabilia.

  5. Hi! Thanks so much for the follow and I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I've been away on vacation. I really enjoyed reading today and I look forward to reading more!

  6. So sorry to hear you are not well, I hope you feel better soon! I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for linking it up to Brag Monday.