It began with a simple “Thank you”
An online friend, Bea Vanni, was kind enough to leave a lovely message thanking me for sharing an article she enjoyed. “Oh Elizabeth, goddess of a perfect share! Need I say thanks since I’ve elevated you to goddess status,” she wrote. It made me laugh and made my day, and I told her so.
Her response was quite thought-provoking: “I’m glad I could make your day, Elizabeth. Sometimes we toil but never know who we touch.”
Sometimes we toil but never know who we touch
Pow! Right between the eyes…
It’s true, isn’t it? We all know how much those tiny acts of kindness mean when others do them for us:
- The food friends brought when my father died
- The thermos of coffee a friend showed up with when our electricity had been out for 24 hours
- The handwritten note of encouragement when I was at a low point
- The phone call to check on me when I’d been sick
- The hug or pat on the back for a job well done
- The email supporting a big decision I’d made
You have more influence than you realize
While it’s clearly important to let someone know when they’ve touched your life in a good way, that’s not what’s on my heart right now. I simply want to remind you of this very, very important truth:
You matter and you make a difference.
Just because many of the things you do for others don’t get acknowledged doesn’t mean they don’t matter.
We bloggers know this better than anyone. While many may read our posts—as evidenced by random comments from time to time or the numbers from Google Analytics—very few actually take the time to leave a comment. I do the same thing. I don’t always leave a comment after articles I find meaningful or helpful, even though they might have touched me profoundly (though I try to).
Whether you know it or not, you are touching others all the time—with your love, your words, your deeds, and even your smile. Your acts of kindness—large or small—make a difference.
And because they uplift, strengthen, comfort, and inspire, you are making your mark in the world. I am grateful for you.