Friday, October 8, 2010
Writers live for fan mail. And even though we try not to exist for the approval of others, it sure feels good when someone says, “You’re a really great writer” or “You really helped me think about this in a new way.”
I have a folder that I keep of “fans” – people who have gone out of their way to encourage me on my writing journey. Some of them I’ve never met. Some of them I haven’t talked to in years. But I consider them all dear friends.
Today, I thought I’d share about a special relationship I’ve developed with a woman named Linda.
Linda isn’t a blogger. She isn’t a writer. And she isn’t a working mom.
Linda is a devoted wife, mother, and grandma. And her daughter-in-law works in a fast-paced career with small children. So when she heard about Chasing Superwoman, she reached out to me and said, “I get it! You have my full support!”
I met Linda at my first book signing in North Canton, Ohio. And we became instant friends. Linda sends me encouraging emails. She prays for me. And when I’m really struggling, I know I can reach out to Linda for support and say, “Help, I need a few extra prayers today!”
In fact, some days when I wonder – Why do I keep writing these posts? Who the heck is going to read this anyway? – I think about Linda. Linda will read this. Linda is listening. Linda is cheering me on.
We all need a Linda, don’t we?
(If you’re thinking --Wow, this is really a touchy-feely post -- don’t worry. We’ll be coming back to reality on Monday when we talk about hate mail. Have a good weekend!)