The prompt this week for food for thought is being thankful. Thanksgiving isn’t a celebration that we have here in Scotland, but I am lucky enough to know some very lovely people here in blogland who are from the US and who do celebrate. Honestly, I have lots to be thankful for and there seemed so much that I didn’t know where to start. But then it hit me that out of all the exciting content relevant to my blog, the thing I was most thankful for was you. So thank you to you.
It is hard to explain what you mean. I write for myself but I do also write with you in mind. I think about you reading and wonder what you will think. I imagine sometimes your shock or your pleasure or your disbelief or your approval and that can inspire and shape what I write. I go back over what I have written and I tweak it and correct it and I try to make it better for you. Most of all what I hope for is that something I say will connect with something in you.
The fact that you are not one but many, unknown, known and partly known, means that there is variety in what I imagine. What suits one doesn’t always suit another and so I anticipate your differing reactions to the same thing and that allows me to check and evaluate and alter at times. I try to talk to you honestly and openly in the hope that I will gain your understanding if nothing else. And because my blog is a big part of who I am, you also become important to me despite the fact that we may never come any closer than that split second we share on here.
I cannot overemphasise how important you have become. Knowing you are there has allowed me this space to think out loud and to grow as a person. Even in your silence you have taught me things about myself and when you have spoken you have brought that about even more. You have given me a voice and that has allowed me to continue to speak. It has meant that I am motivated to learn more and to develop further by sharing this journey with you as I go.
So when I think about giving thanks within this forum, my thanks has to go to you as I would not be here without you. Thank you to anyone who is reading this. Thank you for your time, your attention and your input. Thank you for reading what I have written and, if you do, for taking the time to comment. I am lucky enough to feel that I have got to know some of you through the comments and those are relationships that I value. I came across ‘Love our Lurkers’ a few years ago and thought what a great thing that was as a way to acknowledge those who read without making themselves known. So THANK YOU to readers, to commenters, to lurkers and to followers.