I'm a believer in the power of being grateful and saying Thank You with great detail. I have yet to come across someone who doesn't appreciate a heartfelt message. And while sometimes they don't respond, I still feel good that I took the time to say it anyway.
Well, just a couple of days ago I received an incredible thank you post from a woman who took my last infertility eclass which was in March. I haven't had much time to devote to the project again and had kind of forgotten about it. (Which is sort of funny to me because I put so much work into both classes and it took a lot of time yet now it seems like it was a just a little blip in my life. Life is funny like that.) So, I went and read the post and I thought wow, that was so nice. I tried to leave a comment and now I'm not sure if it went through. (I did send a personal e-mail later, though, just in case.)
Then later I got to thinking about it again and decided I should go read it again. It sunk in a little deeper. I decided to read it to my husband out loud and this time I got choked up at the end. (A great reminder to me of how powerful things can be when said out loud, by the way.) Frankly, I think I couldn't believe this person was writing about me and my project. It was just something I made up and had no idea if it would really matter to anyone. And to see that it planted such a beautiful seed was astonishing to say the least.
I don't take compliments well (or relaxing or having fun) and I've heard recently that a person with good self-esteem is able to accept them freely. So, today I say thank you Foxy for the amazing compliment. Thank you for showing me that pursuing something that means a lot in your heart - even if nobody else can see or understand it - is totally worth it. I know your voice will now be another in the much needed conversation about infertility and how it affects us all.
P.S. I am taking your idea about the workbook to heart. It's been on my mind and maybe I need to start getting it to paper. So, thank you for watering that seed as maybe it's time to let it start growing.