I’ve been so touched by your emails, comments and messages of encouragement and love in the last two-and-a-bit years, especially the last few days. I feel like we are building a rather beautiful thing here, something very important to me: human connection.
Human connection is the thing that saves my life on a daily basis in my recovery from alcoholism, the reason I travel, read and also write.
The language of the heart is universal and always understood, no matter how different we are on the outside and I so appreciate the conversation we have had since the inception of this blog.
You have been so kind to me it brings tears to my eyes on a regular basis, including right now.
I hope you know that this is not a one way conversation. There is nothing worse than that, is there? When someone talks and talks at you and you sit, squirming, wondering if they will ever stop.
When is it my turn? I think in situations like these, before eventually giving up on contributing to the conversation at all.
I don’t want any of you to feel like that.
I realise that many of you don’t comment, and I completely respect and understand that. Maybe you like the one-way convo, or just like to drop me an email every now and again as some of you do. I so appreciate those.
But, I think it’s nice to be seen sometimes, and I would like to ‘see’ you, even for a brief moment, to get a sense of who you are. It helps me to connect with a sometimes faceless audience who I care so much for but know very little about.
I’m not much into surveys (really, I’m too lazy to figure out how to do that!), but I’d like to open up my inbox (which is always open, but now, it’s official!) to those of you who I perhaps haven’t ‘met’ yet, or have only met briefly. I’d like to know a bit about you since you know so much about me.
The medium of blogging is wonderful for making connections, but sometimes I want a better idea of who I am writing to. When I get a new subscriber to this blog, I look at the email address which is often a combination of weirdly put together letters and numbers, and I say a little prayer for the person behind the encoded address.
I feel like when someone cares enough to subscribe to my blog, I want to take a moment and thank them with a silent blessing, and I’ve been doing this for quite some time now (do you feel it? Hehe!). When someone unsubscribes, I try not to take it to heart (I said try!). I’m thankful that they enjoyed what they read for a while and understand that they need something different now. As my writing grows and changes, so will my audience, and my only focus is that those who need it, hear it.
Something I write may only resonate with one or two of you each time, and really, that is enough for me. In fact, it’s more than I ever dreamed of, to be able to connect with another human being through my words.
Well, I’ve waffled on a lot to say that rather than focusing on more (for once in my life!) – more readers, more likes, more shares, more more – I’d like to focus on taking care of what I have; the connections we have formed and the experiences we’ve shared. Cultivating what we’ve planted together (because without you, this blog would not exist).
Because when two or more human beings connect in truth, our lives are forever transformed. We are no longer drifting around in space as separate entities, but are tethered to a divine energy which exists within us all, whether we feel it all the time or not: love.
We are in Antigua for another three weeks and I’d love to hear from you, either in the comments or via email. Subscribers can also just hit ‘reply’ if you are reading this from your inbox. If you have a blog or website, please leave it below so I can pop over to your place and say hi. I don’t want to be one of those friends who never returns a visit!
I’ll be sure to respond to each of you individually, and will be grateful that I get to see some of you more clearly, if only for a brief moment (feel free to send pictures, hehe!). For although our lives may be varied and busy and on all sorts of different trajectories, I am so grateful to have you as part of mine.