Last week I found a second-hand book called, 'Everything I've Ever Done That Worked' by Lesley Garner. It is a series of short essays to help you become more content and lead a happier life. As I flicked through it I was surprised to see that I already did one of her suggestions and that was to keep a 'Nice Letter File'.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the kind comments that are left on this blog; it is something that never fails to touch me that there are people who actually read this and are motivated to contribute themselves. But there is something else; a wonderful bonus which enriches my life; I have received the nicest, most generous emails. I'm probably like a lot of woman when I tell you that I spend too much time comparing myself to others - feeling that I never quite hit the mark, that it so often hinders me from trying anything new - and that when I am fortunate to be complimented I want to reply with a, "Yeah but.."
I'm trying hard not to do "yeah buts.." and to help me Anth suggested doing something he heard about on a course or such like; that I try and remember the good things that people have said to me over the years and store them away as 'mental lockets.' Only problem is I forget them! But over the 2 years of blogging I have received the sweetest of emails so I've been able to print them out and stick them in this..
..my 'Nice Letter' book, (well emails and comments to be exact!) and I want to encourage you to do the same. So all those meaningful little cards, letters and emails, keep them and make yourself a book or even a box that you can dip into every time you feel a.."Yeah but.." slip into your head. I practically carry mine around!!
Now, I'm so conscious of this post sounding all wrong - that I'm showing off or fishing for compliments. I'm not. I just want to encourage you for encouraging me, and to start a book that could also double as a place to keep your thrifted, sparkly clip earrings!