I love you guys.
Just had to say it. I love writing this blog but I don’t kid myself. It wouldn’t be what it is without you. Truly.
One of the perks of moving to WordPress was the chance to use threaded comments (which I believe you can now do on Blogger, as well.) I get to respond to your comment, you get the chance to respond to my comment, a commenter can respond to another commenter…you get the picture. Threaded comments = a dialogue. For someone like me, a “solitary person who is chatty,” threaded comments are a dream come true. I can respond to your comment directly, without sending an email.
We can chat.
Not only do I love writing my posts and sharing content with you, I love responding to your comments. I read every comment, sometimes more than once. I would assume most bloggers read all the comments on their posts, but I know of a few that don’t. To each his own and all that, but I confess a very real bewilderment at that choice. Even if I was one of the Big Bloggers, with hundreds of comments on each post, I would still read them all. And, though it would take more time, respond to them. Because without you in the mix, why am I blogging?
I cannot tell you enough how much I treasure all of you. Thank you for your wise, sometimes funny, always heartfelt words. I loved reading about your plans for Thanksgiving – about your thoughts on holidays and perfection and friends and family. Thank you for sharing a peek into your lives with me. Thank you for the support you give me in times of stress or worry or sadness. Thank you for simply being there, on the other end of the virtual world.
Sometimes I write a post that comes from such a deep place in my heart that I know I am taking a risk by hitting ‘publish.’ After publishing, I re-read it throughout the day, at times questioning whether I should have written it in the first place. That’s rare, but it happens.
But then, I see that you ‘get it.’ You understand. I see it in the comments you leave for me. You may not always agree with me but your point of view is always expressed with respect. In the case of my recent post about Shedding the Negative, I found myself comforted and enriched by your thoughts on that subject. I learned a few things.
I got an email about that post that made me cry. Don’t worry, it was in a good way. I cried because for that person at that time, the words I used made a difference. They were what she needed to hear that day. The post I worried about ended up being a source of comfort and clarity. The words I was guided to write that day helped someone.
I can’t ask for anything more.
We are in this life to help each other. To choose love instead of fear or hate or any one of a number of negative and harmful emotions. It’s as simple as that.
I learn from you. I am a better person because of you.
I’m so grateful and thankful for all of you. For the enrichment you have given to my life. For the chance to share my thoughts with you, whether every day run-of-the-mill thoughts or silly thoughts or the thoughts that come from deep within me that must be expressed.
And a big thank you from the other two writers that occasionally contribute to this blog:
Blessings to you all. Stay safe. Travel with care. Know that you are loved.