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.