An interesting thing has started happening in the last few weeks – I’m being stopped on the street by people I don’t know (or who I recognize but can’t place) with kind words about my work. The first several times it happened, I laughed it off as an unlikely fluke – a very pleasant one, but not something that would happen again.
But rather than slowing down, it’s increasing. Yesterday, I met a woman in a shop who said that last month she’d been in the workshop I did at the Mt. Washington Resort. She made a point to tell me what a big difference the workshop had made for her and – this is what particularly caught my attention – it had given her hope. WOW! Not only did it make an impression on her, but it was enough of an impression for her to remember me by name and stop me in a place that was completely out of context to pass on that message.
Tonight I was walking down Main Street to meet some friends at a restaurant and a woman stopped me and said, “Leah, I read your column every week and I wanted to tell you what a great job I think you’re doing.” Again – someone who knew me by name from my picture and byline in the newspaper. How does someone recognize me from that tiny black and white photo AND remember my name? I don’t know, but it’s happening frequently. I guess it proves that the cynical belief that “nobody pays attention anymore” just isn’t true.
I have many people a week stop me in various places to tell me how much they enjoy the newspaper column. And I’m starting to get more and more comments about workshops, too. And now sometimes about this blog.
I was telling some of this to a friend today and he said, “It must mean that you’re really coming out of hiding and you’re getting okay with being fully seen.” Well HALLELUJAH!!!!
Cheers to each of us being seen in our worlds! I’m curious – what things happen in your world that let you know that you’re being seen? It doesn’t matter if they’re big or little…just that they are meaningful to you!