Saturday, March 07, 2009

Full house, caution and a short.

Aditi Sodhi emailed me recently to tell me about her blog -- it's a very simple concept: she records the high point and the low point of each day at A Journey to the Centre of Myself. The most common criticism I get of 3BT is that it is not balanced, and it's interesting to see how a person might address that.

I also really like Aditi's statement explaining that she hopes to find a balance between her highs and her lows.

1. Our heads are buzzing, and no-one feels like working so we are sent home at noon. Nick happens to have taken the day off, so I'm not going home to an empty house.

2. She is not sure about this visitor, but can't help sneaking looks over the edge the coffee table.

3. It's film night, and we decide that the main presentation (Rocketeer, a tale of air aces and German spies battling in 1930s Hollywood) should be preceded by a short (What's Opera Doc).


  1. It's intriguing to me that anyone would even think to criticize you for recording three of the beautiful moments in your day! lol Life is often not balanced, and in our hustle bustle lives these days, many don't even take the time to pay attention to the small things. I LOVE the concept of your blog and I think that we don't always have to share all of the bad stuff in our lives with everyone just to make them feel better. Whew! I had a very strong reaction to the thought that someone would feel free to criticize such a beautiful idea as you've had. lol I feel better now.

    Off to check the recommended blog now.

  2. Thanks for recommending Aditi's blog Clare. It IS interesting and so is one SHE recommends. Did you check out KATH EATS REAL FOOD?? It's interesting as well.

  3. Thanks Byrningbunny! It happens very rarely that I get any criticism, so don't be too cross.

    I've never really written a mission statement for 3BT -- it would probably include the point that I have always had a bit of a fear about days slipping past and leaving no mark; and that I started the blog partly to stop this happening. I elected to save only the beautiful things, because really, who wants to be burdened with sad memories?

  4. Needels -- yes I did. It's very interesting. Here's the link for anyone else who might like a look at a blog about healthy eating: Kath Eats Real Food

  5. I would feel that a low point in my day was dwelling on the toxic negativity of another person who might have generated the low point in the day. Count your blessings not your deficits.

  6. I think that the point of Aditi's blog is to measure the day's two points, which would give a useful measure of the day.

    I really haven't dwellt on criticism -- but when someone says something negative, I check to see if they have a point, and then move on.

    I have probably received less than five negative comments in the time I've been writing 3BT (maybe ten if you count the stupid ones). The point about 3BT being one-sided is one that has come up several times (probably because it's so obvious), so it is one that interests me.

    For myself, I don't think 3BT needs balance in that way -- a lot of people wonder how I manage not to make it as sickly sweet as they imagine it would be. This isn't something I do consciously -- I suppose I do it by just being me! But as it is an important part of 3BT's charm, I occasionally turn it over in my head to see if there is a mechanism. I don't think there is -- only in that I rarely avoid writing about something that is conventionally disgusting if it strikes me as beautiful.


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