Last week, I wrote about envy and my envy of those who are able to create more, let’s say, polished newsletters than my own. Eventually, I started seeing replies in my inbox. They were from people I had met before and people I had never met. Every message was both encouraging and full of gratitude. There were stories of people who were experiencing their own bouts of envy and messages of gratitude from individuals who were grateful for what I shared on my little corner of the internet.
Every single message brought me joy, encouragement, and a sense that I was on the right track for whatever might come next.
To everyone who wrote to me, thank you so very much. This newsletter is nothing without the people who read it, and it’s well beyond my capacity to say how grateful I am to be heard. Being heard and seen by others is not a right; it’s one of life’s greatest privileges.
There are many reasons people struggle to say ‘thank you’
. They may find compliments embarrassing, or they may not be used to social interaction. But saying ‘thank you’ is so important. It can seem simple — one of those lessons that were drilled into us as children — but it’s incredibly important. To say ‘thank you’ is to acknowledge the other person’s value and how much you value their time and attention. It also reflects the positivity of their compliment back to them. It’s karma going full circle.
Ultimately, saying ‘thank you’ takes a bit of empathy and kindness — both of which I can always practice more. So, thank you, everyone, for reading today, and I look forward to sharing more next week.