I’m guessing it’s no secret that I have been very absent from the blogging world at large lately. The mono has me exhausted, my sciatica has kicked up so I’ve been in a great deal of pain, and my migraines have been pretty nasty as well.
Then there are the good things that have taken what little time and energy I do have. The Holiday Season: in addition to a marvelous Christmas, I celebrated my Babygirl’s 13th birthday by taking her to see Becoming Van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum (which was just – wow).
Being absent from the blogging world in general I can deal with. I’ve done it before, and people understand. But this time around, I have been very, very absent from Canvas as well. That’s something new for me, and I wasn’t feeling at all good about it. I haven’t been making any new posts, I haven’t even been commenting on the posts of our wonderful family! My mental health may be great, but I was stressing out and making myself crazy over that, let me tell you.
Until I noticed something. The sky was not falling, Chicken Little. This site was running beautifully, it hadn’t fallen apart at all in my absence!
I have spent most of my life with a deeply rooted inability to rely on other people. A classic control freak, it has only been within the past year that I’ve realized I don’t have to do it all on my own, that there are so many people who will help me. I guess I’m still learning that lesson as far as this blog is concerned.
So I’d like to start the new year the best way I can think to: by saying a great big thank you.
Thank you to my incredible Canvas family for your wonderful posts, and for your seemingly eternal patience with me behind-the-scenes as far as returning emails and implementation of even the smallest things. Thanks for sending me emails of love, support, well-wishes, and a whole other category of kindness that defies description.
Thank you to all of our readers who have commented, discussed, encouraged our family members, and shown your support and love. Even those who read but do not comment, I am grateful. You keep this project running beautifully, with each comment or “ghost” (a visit that shows up in the stats without comment).
People like you, the authors whom I know or am getting to know, the readers of this site remind me of why Lulu and I worked to get this project up and running to begin with, why we thought it might be worthwhile. Someone recently told me something that humbled me more than I can express, and I hope they won’t mind if I share it with you here:
[WordPress] lets you know how many people have read the Canvas posts, but it doesn’t tell you how many people have had their lives changed or improved through visiting Canvas. I am sure you will never know the number of lives you have touched through creating such a colourful canvas of authors.
In that same vein, I can’t imagine I could ever express to all of you how you have changed my life through this project. I wrote a post on Canvas’ one-year anniversary trying to explain it. . . Even if you read that post (which I hope you do) you will never know the degree to which each and every one of you have touched my life.
And I cannot tell you how amazingly grateful that makes me.
With an overflowing heart,
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