I was brought to tears today. I was struggling with work and my own personal spiritual journey. I nearly wanted to give up. But I knew I’d be letting myself and my husband down.
I finally found the will to get online and dig into my list of things to do.
I manage Stone City Blog. It’s a collection of blogs written by men in prison. I don’t get paid for this. I’d call it charity/volunteer/non-profit work for right now.
I saw that I had about 60 emails from inmates, all waiting for me to post their work. I was expecting a large number like that. After all, I let things back up, knowing very well that I shouldn’t have let that happen.
About an hour into my work load, I find an email addressed to me.
As I opened it, tears streamed down my face as I began reading. This man, whom I’ve never met, wrote me the sweetest thank you:
“…thank you for what you have brought to many of us here behind these walls. What you have done has allowed us to have a voice to our words…”
I’ve been managing this blog site for several months now, and he is the first man who took the time to personally write me a thank you. I felt sooo appreciated and valued. I had been starting to feel invisible. I truly needed that recognition.
The Universe has perfect timing. I had been searching for a voice of my own. Little did I know that I would find it through helping other peoples’ voices to be heard.
This is something that I had to experience, to give me meaning and purpose in my work again. I was reminded of why my husband and I started this site.
An unexpected Thank You and an expression of gratitude can indeed have a great impact.