Being more the same than different

March 26, 2013

Bits and Pieces

This time a week ago, I excitedly published a post about the joys of being a long life learner and of  fleeing to Sydney, the big BIG smoke, to attend a conference about blogging.

And wow, DPCON was all that, and more.

Nicely played Universe, nicely played … as once again you orchestrated the opportunity to cross paths and/or connect with people I needed to learn from – either through hearing their story, or through the opportunity to be heard telling my own. There’s hell of a lot of energy that can be harnessed in a room full of story-tellers and message-givers and let’s just say that as a collective the voice is loud, even if sometimes the individual whispers are small.

Having it all … what does it mean? DPCON13

Well … seven days on, and I’m still learning that a couple of days spent in that castle have taught me much more about life and living than about just blogging. And that the imaginary line that’s sometimes drawn between life and blogging is actually a blurry one, and there are times where one can indeed be the other.

And that IS ok.

Here are some of the things I’ve learnt this week, during and post DPCON13, that I’d like to share

  • kindness speaks a language of it’s very own – it’s a simple concept which has far-reaching and complex outcomes and is something that I would like to practice consciously and more often
  • sharing helps everyone who’s listening and the more that is shared, the more there is to share – so many stories were told and through tears there comes triumph
  • essentially we are all more the same than we are different – we can celebrate uniqueness with a shared understanding and that is a very wonderful feeling
  • the Harlem Shake has surpassed The Bus Stop as my all-time favourite group dance and below is exactly what a shy and retiring group of bloggers get up to once the lights dim and the music pumps

All of those points above (ok, well maybe not the Harlem Shake) apply to parenthood too (and here would be an apt time to say hello to the Daddy Bloggers!!). This whole parenting club thingo is really a collective, a larger than self group composed of individual members who have more similarities than differences. It can be way too easy to point out differences instead of looking for commonalities and shared experiences … which, I then gets me back to my first learning – kindness. Oh life! You are indeed a crazy circle!

DPCON attendee or not, what have you learnt about life this week?

Have a great Tuesday and if you’re a blogger, remember to link up with Jess at IBOT! It’s esstentially awesome – so is Jess, I met her – and you can find it here -  Essentially Jess!



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19 Responses to “Being more the same than different”

  1. Jodie Says:

    Beautiful inspiring post Jigs xx


  2. workingwomenaus Says:

    That session with ‘Wake Up Sydney’ was a highlight for me. Such simple ideas that would make a big difference to someone’s day. Lovely to meet you x


    • Shari Says:

      Wasn’t Jono wonderful to listen to – his passion struck such a chord with me too! Loved meeting you also, and hope we cross paths again soon xx


  3. Rhianna Says:

    Yes super well played universe indeed. I am eternally grateful that our paths were crossed and our stories shared. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely lady, your words will stay with me for a long time yet xx

    Dropping by as part of #teamIBOT but would have stopped in anyway xx


  4. Eleise Says:

    I love Jono from Wake Up Sydney, such a great speaker and a fantastic message! Gald that you got so much from the conference, I wish I could have gone.


    • Shari Says:

      I wish you could have gone too Eleise … next time I hope!! and yes, Wake Up Sydney certainly woke me up – loved it xx


  5. Yvette @ Little Bento Blog Says:

    That life is too short to worry about silly little things that in the big scheme of things.. don’t actually matter!!

    Last week at DPCon13 I learnt that there is definitely more to this blogging business that I knew of… and my head is still spinning from it all!


  6. Shari Says:

    Oh yesssss – indeed that’s a valuable bit of learning Yvette – love it, so true. And yep DPCON13 showed me that too – hoping my head might slow down sometime soon! Loved meeting you xx


  7. Mum Talks Autism Says:

    What a great post beautiful. I learnt this week that true friendships, real life, true friendships, can be formed on a computer screen and transition into real life. What an amazing week and I am so so thankful the universe, destiny the whole lot collided and brought our two worlds together. Much Love. MTA.


    • Shari Says:

      It was an amazing week, wasn’t it!! Thank you for being such an important part of it for me – the Universe can do good work, can’t she? xx


  8. Emily @ Have a laugh on me Says:

    This week I’ve realised that some ‘friends’ are just toxic – and that I should just accept this and move on. Em xx


    • Shari Says:

      Em, that’s always a crappy thing but sometimes the realisation, and then making the break, is really a wonderfully refreshing thing. Hope that acceptance comes soon. Hugs xx


  9. Me Says:

    Sounds like you, along with everyone who went to DPCon, had a great time and learned heaps !
    Have the best week !
    #IBOT visitor


    • Shari Says:

      Oh yes, it was wonderful – already scheming how to go next year too! You in?? ;)

      Enjoy your week too xx


  10. EssentiallyJess Says:

    I love the way you have summarised this; we are more the same than different.
    Funny because I spent a lot of time feeling very different, and trying to work out how I fit in with everyone.
    You’ve given me a lot to think about my dear. xxx
    Oh, and it was awesome to meet you


  11. Brenda Says:

    Thank you, Shari.xx



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