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Thought provoking content and small towns

By Kitt Parker | Jul 21, 2014

“I know it’s hard to keep an open heart when even friends seem out to harm you,” November Rain, Guns N’ Roses

This weekend as I was discussing my blog with my big sister, she said something that really stayed with me. For some of the negativity I am getting for it, she said, “the thing with your blog is how thought provoking it is. It makes me wonder if I have ever done any of the things you write about.”

I didn’t necessarily set out to make people question their actions, but it is a pleasant surprise. It helps me better define my process going forward. If by helping one person think and then act as Laura Bush, I am essentially helping someone be a better person, and how could anyone not like that? You may already be a wonderful human being, but we all can still use a little Laura Bush every now and again.

As my conversation continued with my sister, it turned to small towns. One thing that I am most proud of is that I grew up in a small town. For all the stereotypes small towns bring, I am still happy that I grew up in the setting I did. I have been blessed to travel, but I still love coming home.

Anyway, she made a good point that if people from our town knew about my blog, they all would be faithful readers because they would want to know who I was speaking of. They might be disappointed that I don’t overshare, but they would still read. And you know what? That would be Ok with me.

Not because the more traffic driven to my blog just helps me (added bonus), but because they may stop and think. After the speculation and assumption is over, it might help them better live a kind life. Some people I don’t think could possibly be any kinder than they are now, but others could. A kind world makes us all better.

As I continue on this path, I plan to keep in mind that some people out there are really thinking about what I write. I hope I continue to provoke their thoughts while staying true to me by asking, what would Laura Bush do?  

Author’s Note: Aside from really wanting the wedding dress in this video, I always thought the lyrics to this song were beautiful. Nothing too complex, just raw emotion with an incredible soundtrack.

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