Yesterday was one of those days.
I felt overwhelmed and close to tears for so many reasons.
The hours dragged on and I felt less than productive.
Lets be honest, I was PMS’ing like a boss.
I asked Mike to stop in at the post office (I miss the daily arrival of mail, I must say) to pick up a week’s worth of mail. My spirits lifted when I saw the big yellow envelope which clearly held more than a lame old bill. I wasn’t expecting anything so was a little perplexed. Inside I found some DVDs, two bamboo USB sticks and a kind note. The UBS sticks are filled with the River Cottage (I have and adore this cookbook), Not Easy Being Green, and Grand Designs;all British television series to “…get us through these grey days…”.
I know there are folks out there who don’t understand blogging or why I would put so much our lives out there. There are also days I wonder why I put so much of myself and effort into it. Sometimes, when I lose focus it drains me, but most of the time it energizes and inspires me. It keeps me creative and accountable. It stretches me to new dimensions and helps me articulate jumbled thoughts.
And then there are the sweet and simple connections like this. It is easy to forget that you touch lives when you write. Sometimes the words and experiences you share enter someone’s life on just the right day, at just the right moment. Of course, this goes both ways. The path less traveled can be a lonely one, but with a large online community of like-minded folks it is lessened and re-affirmed. The online world of texts, cell phones and social media can be a cold place, but it can also be used to create a warm new place our grandparents didn’t have the benefit of learning from.
Over the course of my blogging years the kind words in my email and comments have been astounding and staggering. These kindnesses are never lost on me and every time it happens I am ever-humbled. I try to reply to each email and comment left for me, though my inbox is getting a little busy these days.
So thank you kind new friend (I hope you’re reading this) for sharing a wee piece of yourself with me and my family. It made my week.
P.S. Feel free to share your own stories of blogging connections and friendships in the comments! I would love to hear the magic.
go gently + be wonderful