Got Recognition?

1 New Hug (employee at Ann Taylor)

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” – Abraham Lincoln

I read this quote shortly after all of the hype died down around my year of hugs. I really struggled with this during all of the chaos. I felt with each radio interview I did I lost a little bit of the message I was trying to spread. So much of the focus was on me that I was fearful others wouldn’t understand that the hugs weren’t about me, but about making a connection in my community. About spreading love and kindness.

And, I gotta admit, at times even I forgot that message. It’s kind of thrilling to know people recognize who you are. And, it’s very disheartening how quickly they forget. So, this quote came at a perfect time for me. It grounded me once again and reminded me of what I was doing. It didn’t take long for me to remember why. All I had to do was look at all of the amazing, touching, heartfelt messages I was getting from all of you.

I remember way back when when I first began blogging about my hugs that if even just one person was inspired by my journey then I would know it was all worth it. That one person turned into 2, which turned into 5 which turned in to well… I can’t even keep count. That makes me want to weep with joy. I love hearing from you and proving that connections can be made online as well as in person.

I love the recognition, but it’s the connection that I love most.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


One thought on “Got Recognition?

  1. Never, evr get discourgard over what you are doing or what you are sharing. It is a ministry unto itself of love and kindness as our Savior taught us to do. Those who try to discourage or make you feel badly about what yo are doing are really jealous that they are not capable of emulating you. There will certainly be pain and rejection on this journey, but the overwhelming joy you experience will far outweigh the pain. A virtual hug back to you for all that you do and for sharing this blog

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