22 September 2010

Validation and Gratitude

I haven't included a video before, but this one is a favorite and works well with what I have to say today. It's a short film, so if you don't have 16 minutes - come back when you do.  If you're one of the 4 million people who have already seen it - don't you want to watch it again? (I would also like to give a little shout out to Bones which starts back up again tomorrow!)

Among other things, this video demonstrates the power of a compliment. I used to believe I didn't need them and that I should be able to do meaningful things without people reassuring me. But I was wrong. I thrive on compliments. I melt when a guy says I have pretty eyes. I often doubt myself and hesitate to do something without support. And while I don't need reassurance to do what is right - I constantly look for it when I going about those daily activities which seem morally neutral.

Like blogging

I started out thinking I would be comfortable posting even if no one read this blog, ever. I just wanted to start writing. But as you have started reading and started commenting - I have been given a wonderful sense of connection. I guess what I'm trying to say is thank-you. I'm grateful for the chance to share these little thoughts.

Thanks for the validation.


  1. so true. taking a compliment can be so hard sometimes! i have to remind myself: take a breath, say thank you, move on.

  2. I love this video, a friend of mine posted it a while back and it's so cute. Validation, it makes me feel pathetic when I don't get it, but when I do I'm all sorts of elated.