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  • At times our own light goes out and is rekindled
    by a spark from another person. Each of us has
    cause to think with deep gratitude of those who
    have lighted the flame within us.

    Albert Schweitzer

    “THANKS!” is sweet in any language, and always creates a special heart connection which honors and recognizes the one we are thanking.

    This morning, I woke up wanting to extend a warm THANKS! to all of you who read my work, and who have joined my Audience. Please know that your encouragement gives me energizing inspiration and puts wind under my wings.

    Whenever I get a “love” for one of my Stories here, or someone new joins my Audience, my reaction is to want to send back a “thank you,” but that is not always possible. I say “thank you” a lot in my life, and so there is always a feeling of slight frustration in not being able to respond.

    In this space of silence, please know that I always send back to you a THANKS! even when you don’t see it in print. I appreciate you!

    I appreciate the fact that you read what I have written, and take the time to respond. A well crafted Story, in both text and artwork, can often take me several hours, and so your appreciative action of sending a “love” makes it worthwhile far beyond the joy of creating a work of art.

    I wish there was a “THANKS!” button to click on. But at the moment, there is not, so THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! THANKS!

    I realize that it might be hard to incorporate such an option into the existing system, but an ability to say THANKS! would, for me, bring things full circle: From “Love” to “THANKS!”

    For now, please consider this little note my THANKS! to you for not only your generous “loves,” but for your own work, which brightens my days, sparks my imagination, elicits my empathy, makes me smile or brings tears to my eyes, expands my horizons to include your life, your country and your unique perspective as a writer. There are so many of you I feel close to, and whom I appreciate so very much.

    "If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." ~Meister Eckhart

    (Photograph by Alex in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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