“Uplifting” she said


It’s seems appropriate–seeing the trees for the trees….standing out…something like that


I am not really good at publicizing my blog. I do all the things they tell you to do:

  • comment on other people’s blogs–If I like the post, I definitely comment.  If I find something I like, I follow.
  • use instagram–this is kind of new for me. I take some decent pictures and people seem to like them.  I seem to like following my TV crushes and women who cycle…..who knew.
  • blog often, and blog quality–Well, at least I blog often.
  • utilize facebook–I generally only feel confident about politely harassing those contact (friends and family) a few times a year.

So, while I do make an effort to reach the world at large, what I don’t do very well is reach the world at small. I squander opportunities to harass people I come in contact with daily.  I pass up the chance to share with my coworkers.  I don’t casually mention it to my bus crushes or even the bus regulars that I actually speak to.  I don’t explain my blogging status to the librarians when they are recommending books to me.  I don’t even tell my neighbours.  And I am not sure why.

Be that as it may, I did share with a new co-worker. Perhaps it was our shared experience of having taught in Japan.  Perhaps it was her uniquely cool hairstyle or reassuring voice.  Perhaps it was mood altering chemicals that the students ooze from their pores when they are lying about why they didn’t do their homework.  Maybe the blogging lessons were kicking in.  Maybe I was trying to look cool in front of someone new. Maybe even I don’t understand my motives.

I have rambled on and not even gotten to Today’s Perfect Moment. It isn’t though I have lost the thread, I just thought a decent build up was necessary.  I wouldn’t want you to join the play in the third act.

So, when I had a chance to talk to her today, I had resolved not to ask her if she had read my blog. That would just be rather annoying and putting someone on the spot is never the right thing to do.

Luckily for me, she mentioned it first, with absolutely no prompting from me, and she said something quite warm.

She said, in a very genuine voice, that she found them “uplifting.”

They were a few short words, but they had quite a profound effect on me (making it an obvious contender and now eventual winner as Today’s Perfect Moment).

I have received many great compliments from my readers, but this is the first one to speak to the mission statement of the blog so directly. That she said she went back and read about ten other posts didn’t hurt either.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to “Uplifting” she said

  1. Heide says:

    What a lovely moment, Anthony! I can’t imagine a better compliment — or a better description of your blog.

  2. Hunida says:

    Aw yay! What a sweet lady! ♡ Your blog really is uplifting!

  3. Erika says:

    That’s so nice! A friend of mine made me feel really good yesterday when she shared my blog and said some nice things about it. ❤

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