About a year ago, I read an insightful book that explained why Oprah Winfrey dismantled her book club. It was a major loss to a number of writers hoping to catch Oprah's attention because her book club had a notable following with a deep reach. Winfrey's influence lofted thousands of unknown books into the limelight with her endorsements and launched hundreds of author's into fame.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read her reason.
After the writers got big and popular, maybe bigger than they ever imagined, they didn't say, 'Thank You' to their benefactor.
As a farm girl raised with manners where every other word is 'please' and 'thank you' I found this hard to believe. Especially from writers who were spearheading consciousness and increased awareness. But it's true. Thinking on this idea in a positive way, I hoped during the shift from going to unknown to known authors just got too darn busy to send a personal thank you to Oprah.
When I opened up my email last Sunday and saw the latest edition of Om Times I opened it and started reading. Then, saw my article featured on the cover. I hadn't known it was selected for publication. I was chipper as a teenager on prom night as I read through it and was captivated by the picture the editors chose to go along with it.
So, I wanted to personally thank Lisa Shaw for passing my article through to the editors. I was unsure if anyone was reading the Spirituality Posts because there have been a few changes at OmTimes since the New Year, including the editor of this new group.
Because of Lisa's diligence and willingness to not only take part in this group, but see the writers through the growing pains of it and transition, she didn't drop the ball.
What happens when we say thank you is this, warm fuzzy feelings express gratitude and shift a moment into peace and contentment. Someone is also validated for reaching out and doing something extraordinary which might be a bit hard to find in this day and age when we're all zooming around our lives working hard to get things done. When a thank you is authentic, it builds trust and strength in a community of like-minded people who know that someone else has their back when they aren't able to see the forest through the trees. It brings gratitude into focus. That's what I imagine it does anyway.
Instead of this group being a drop off for random thoughts, expressions, and or even a testing ground it's a place where spiritual people have the opportunity to express their creativity and be heard. That's not an easy thing to find in an ocean of social media where a thousand voices are all chanting at us at once.
Thank you Lisa for not only encouraging me to make the changes on my article to get it through the process, but for helping me champion a piece of writing I really believe in.
I'm grateful for you and your influence.
An OmTimes Writer
Wow, thank YOU, Courtney! I thought I had written an article reply telling you I forwarded the piece. I think your writing has such finesses.