Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 6: I have always been a secretive person, hiding what I thought had no value: namely me. I spent years keeping secrets and hiding the best of myself. Even with my writing, I would silently give it away to one person here or there, letting only one or two people read what I had to say. With the exception of one professor (who shall remain as nameless as the books that he could never sell) not one person has said a bad thing about what I offered. Those who critiqued my writing offered sound advice that made me better; those with no criticism appreciated both the thought and the meaning of my words.
It has only been recently that I have forced myself out of the shadows and shared who I am with the world. On all fronts, I have made it my personal mission to open up and speak up, valuing the person I look in the face each morning and appreciating what I add to the craft of writing. I do not do any of that lightly, the strain left from too many years of practicing secrecy at all costs. Some days it physically hurts to be so open and honest all the time. But I have determined that I will give all I have at every opportunity, even if no one is there to receive it.
So I am grateful for YOU. Those of you stop by willingly to read anything that I have written, who take a moment out of busy days to like, comment, and sometimes share what I say. It means more than you know to have you here. So thank you!
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,”
Philippians 1:3-4 NLT
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