I've thought a lot about doing one of these. Several friends have one, as does my dad. The reasons I've come up with so far are threefold:
1) I don't know. I feel like I should though, and the only way to explore that feeling is by doing it. I've been writing in my journal for a long time, and for some reason I feel this is the next step.
2) God has blessed me a hundred times over by introducing me to some of the most wonderful, beautiful, and amazing people I could ever hope to know. After doing that He put some of them really far away from me. So, I'm feelin' that this is a good way to introduce those distant into my every day life, and those close to my inner life.
3) The past year has caused more changes in my earthly and spiritual life than any other time I can remember. I've learned some things, I think, and I know that others have plenty to teach me, so I says to myself, If only there were some way to do that out in the open...hmmm....
I hope that as you read this, and in a sense travel with me, you feel welcome to post any insights, thoughts, suggestions, advice, hiccups, questions, epiphanies, and/or good movies to see (see upcoming post Life Lessons Learned from Northern Exposure in this regard).
P.S. the middle word in Manifesto is 'if'.