It is important not to depend on others or rewards for motivation. Work is more meaningful when we do it because we simply love doing it or because we want to serve others. Being paid or receiving positive feedback is just a welcome bonus.
But, kind words go a long way. They keep us going when we feel like giving up. They encourage us when we feel that what we are doing do not make sense. They validate our actions and our decisions (not that we really need validation from others).
Yesterday, I received some kind words from the readers of the blog. While I try my best to work hard, to write, to draw, and to show up every day regardless of the feedback I get, receiving kind words never fails to lift me up.
In this day and age of social media, it is easier to say unkind words towards others, to say what we do not like about something or someone, to complain, and to criticize. It takes more time and effort to give kind words, encouragement, and support. That’s why I understand and greatly appreciate the time and effort it took for them (for you) to write those kind words and make little gestures of support (like sharing the blog on social media).
I just want want to thank you for your generosity. Thank you for being generous with your time, your words, and your gestures of kindness. They make my heart full. I thank the Lord for you.