Hey All - It's Christmukkah! A rare and welcome event when the first night of Chanukah is also Christmas Eve, and the rest of Chanukah runs right into New Year's. A great opportunity for caring and sharing.
In keeping with that opportunity, I've come to realize that I need to give more emphasis to the true theme of this blog. Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter have noticed that I have used the hashtags "emotional maturity" and "respect" more often than "Bold Betas" and "alpholes." This has happened due to what I consider a natural evolution in my writing, and how things are developing in my life and the world around me.
When I started using the original hashtags, I was at a slightly different place in life than I am now. Since a lot of blessings have been heading my way, the need to have a "bad guy" to throw things at has somewhat lessened, and the need to focus on how to handle life's challenges with intelligence and not with reactions has increased.
There really are people who are high-conflict, unnecessarily aggressive, threatening, narcissistic, and sociopathic. They do exist. And there really are people who've been hurt, put down, done to, held back, and underdeveloped. They do exist too. However, as I face the end of this year, I've started to realize that the way to address these problems is by not necessarily demonizing or deifying anyone, but not demonstrating how Emotional Maturity and Respect would change both extremes.
That being said, I'm just not sure about retitling this blog, or doing away with the original hashtags. I think they still matter.
However, in the coming year, I would like to increase traffic, gain more exposure, expand into speaking engagements, and make a contribution to the world around me other than working and paying taxes. In order to do that effectively, I have to ask the advice of other people who can see these messages from an outsider's perspective.
So, my readers, I address the following queries to you:
(1) Should I, or should I not, retire the terms "Bold Betas" and "alpholes?"
(2) If so, should I, or should I not, retitle this blog?
(3) If so, do I, or do I not, risk losing the audience I seek?
Only serious responses requested, of course. And if you're on Facebook, and your comment is likely to exceed one paragraph, please direct-message me instead.
DISCLAIMER: While I'm not yet sure whether to make Emotional Maturity a title of this blog, I am very sure to let it govern how we address each other. If your statements to me reveal a lack of emotional maturity, they're getting deleted. Your subsequent accusations of cowardice will not negate my boundaries.
Happy Holidays, everybody!