I've gone through some pretty big changes, especially in the last two years as my health has declined, I've received more deep and true support from family and friends, and I've committed to something far bigger than myself. I'm beginning to understand what a pastor friend meant when she said that our bodies age to get out of the way of our growing spirits.
I write little quips on a forum called Quora. It's an international website (quora.com) on which people pose questions on all manner of subjects. Answers can be upvoted, and the more upvotes one receives, the greater one's readership becomes. I get about 1,000 readers a day. (A lot more people read about food, cake, and chocolate than exotic animals, societal morality, or any given computer programming language.) The thing about Quora is that I don't actually do anything except talk (or type), but I'm gaining a reputation and being asked to comment on additional topics. One user approached me last week and asked if his open-source software writing club could design an app for me. We'll have a skype meeting next week.
I knew that Benefit Brownies would go over well. People have always responded positively to my cooking. I hadn't even considered that the part of this whole thing would be my ideas on reducing food waste and fighting hunger. Everybody wants to talk about this stuff! Several people have asked me if they can be volunteers. (Duh!) I'm hardly doing anything beyond talking about these issues and responding to offers. I'm not even bribing anybody with chocolate!
I'm grateful to each of you who reads my blog. I'm grateful for the attention and support on Quora. I'm even grateful for the health challenges that have pushed me into a more reflective, purpose-driven lifestyle instead of the busy, hardworking for money, super-mom-wanna-be that I have always been.
My new job is to talk. To write. To advocate. To publicize. To challenge. And here I thought I never had anything much to say. I should have remembered my old school teachers who would always comment on my report cards, "Susan is a good student but likes to talk too much."