I'm trying to think of a way to word this so that it doesn't come across as a plea for recognition! A couple of weeks ago, I published my first edition of the women's newsletter at church and would you believe I have not gotten one bit of feedback (positive or negative) about it? It's almost as if it never existed, though I know I saw the copies in all the boxes.
This made me stop and think, "Did I ever let the previous editors of the newsletter know that I thought they did a great job?" I don't believe I ever did, even though I am madly in love with the newsletter and have appreciated every single issue. And now I know what it feels like to release something into silence. Perhaps it's a little old fashioned karma coming round, as Willie would put it. However, it has really got me thinking about all the opportunities I let slip by when I could praise someone for their good idea, hard work, service to others, and lots of other things I notice almost every day but often say nothing about. Instead of noticing quietly and going about my business, I am going to make a stronger effort to let people know. Even though I understand that many people (including myself) are going to keep on doing what they are doing whether or not they get any praise or recognition, one has to admit that it feels good to know that people appreciate something you have made an effort to produce or do. So let that be a lesson learned for me...and a reminder to us all to freely share encouragement with each other.