A Letter to J in IndianaPosted: July 25, 2014
I used to fret over a mess in my inbox. One of my goals last year was to make it a weekly ritual to empty the darn thing completely. And while that is a lovely sight to see, I haven’t had an empty inbox since February 4, 2014.
Such a specific date, you may notice. Surely there is a story behind this, you may think.
Sometime last summer, I subscribed to the Listserve. Thanks, Justine! It’s an email lottery with (as of right now), 24,556 subscribers, each of which has a chance to win every day. The prize is a single email sent to everyone else. So every day I get an email from someone, somewhere.
My absolute favorite came on February 5, titled a change in my life. In its entirety:
for a long time, i needed the attention of strangers on the internet to feel good about myself, but i don’t anymore.
have a good day,
This single sentence is the most profoundly hopeful message I have ever read. Every time I read it, it affects me again as strongly as it did the first time I read it. On the rare occasion I briefly ponder what I might write about if given the chance, I think how could I ever come close to this?
Thank you, j, for your words. Thank you for encouraging me every day with your message of change.
I only wish that you had included an email for me to thank you directly.