Melanie from Sparks From A Combustible Mind uses this challenge to connect with her readers by asking weekly questions. IN answering the questions we all share our worlds. This week’s questions and my answers can be found below. When you have finished reading my responses, please click the underlined link above and see how Melanie’s other readers have responded.
Are we losing the art of listening in comparison to simply hearing?
I believe we have lost this quality as a culture on the whole. We no longer listen to understand. We listen mostly to respond and to use what we hear to prove our point. Thankfully, like most arts it can never be fully lost. It can always be relearned by those who find an interest.
How often do you openly discuss with friends or here in WP with your readership topics that make you feel uncomfortable or may be taboo or stigma laden?
I feel like more and more of my viewpoints are becoming uncomfortable for the general public, and there is definitely a stigma concerning many of my opinions. That said, I try to gently lay my thoughts out there with an attitude of love and whatever anyone thinks is their business. Hopefully we can still speak cordially even if we do not see eye to eye.
Do you think that these discussions should be freely discussed and written about more?
I think open discussion is healthy.
Did you have a nickname as a child and if so, what was [or what is it now]?
J has always been my nick name. I am Joseph but being the fifth in line, nick names were always necessary.
Why is there still ‘stuff’ we simply just don’t understand despite our progressive world?
There will always be stuff we do not understand because we are not omniscient.
Would you rather double your height or lose half your weight? (In response to last week’s double your weight, half your height query). Thanks Leslie!
Suggestion by Leslie – Swot8
If I lost half my height I would be two times more “too heavy”, so it probably doesn’t matter.
What is your most essential kitchen tool? (Can be a person you know. For the non-cooks in the crowd).
Courtesy of Roger Shipp
My coffee maker of course.
Who is one blogger you really admire and why?
Oh my! There are so many!
I really like Ben Nelson from http://anotherredletterday.com/show-me-your-glory/
Ben has such a great straightforward way of teaching God’s word.
I also love J.S. Park of https://jsparkblog.com/ for his no nonsense logical approach to the Christian faith.