Have I said thank you lately?

So something happened to me not too long ago that made me realize I should be more grateful for those of you who take the time to read my little blog. I haven't said it lately--but I am grateful. Thankful--very very thankful for people who read what I write. If you weren't reading, what would be the point?

So thank you, for sharing a bit of your day with me, whether I know it or not.

Those are beautiful words to a writer's heart--to hear someone say "I read your blog." It's a compliment. And I am totally grateful.

What made me think of this?
There's this blog that I read.
It's written by a creative woman whom I have long-admired but never met in person. From her blog, I have become a more faithful person, a better scrapbooker and a more caring and observant mother. Her words speak to my soul quite often. After reading her writings for more than a year, I am fairly convinced that we could be friends in real life, not that I would presume, but sometimes you just know these things.

And yet, when I had the chance to meet her in person through a mutual friend, I said those words that (I thought) every blogger would surely appreciate--"I am so inspired by your blog."
And boom. The lights went out and her smile left.
"It's nice to meet you." she said.
And turned and walked away.

It was an "ouch" moment.
For sure.
And I was stunned. I know that a whole person can not be judged by her reaction to one little phrase, in one unplanned, unexpected moment, and because I still want to like her, I try to give her the benefit of the doubt.

But it stung.
Does she not understand the gift she has?
Does she resent that she gives so much of herself and that people willingly accept her as brilliantly funny, qwerky and creative? Is that a burden?
Was there a rock in her shoe or grounds in her coffee?

I don't have any answers...but it did make me want to say "thank you" to my friends who read. You bring me great joy. You give me perspective. You challenge me. You correct my spelling. You make me laugh.

And for those things, I am deeply grateful.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your blog. I too have had that feeling of "being stung" today by someone who is so important in my life. This was a family member While I know in her heart it was not intentional, sometimes actions speak volumes. I am trying to have a forgiving heart and have ask the Lord to help me with my feelings of anger. I know that my anger is more that of the devil himself working headstrong. AT the end of the day, I still have hurt feelings that are so hard to push back. Whether you read this or not, thanks for letting me get this off my chest.

TracieClaiborne said...

What!!? That is weird. Some people are so strange. I love your blog. I am sorry I don't comment more often.

I see people in scrapbook stores that I don't really remember and they go, "I read your blog." and I giggle and it makes me feel special. So just know that most people aren't as weird as that chic. LOL Of course now I'm dying to know who it is.

Lorrie said...

wow... that was just odd huh? I would be going crazy just trying to find out what her response meant.. weird.
sorry that happened to you.

Mimi said...

No, no, thank you! I love your blog, and I promise that if we were to meet, I will give you a huge hug

Michele said...

Love your blog babe and YOU! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, please; I hope that it wasn't RS.


Anonymous said...

OOPS - sorry to be Anon!!

THANKS for your blog.... I had been reading it... then not... and now I'll be sure to add you to my Google Reader. :)

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