Posted in connections, vulnerability

“You are often unaware of the effect you have on others”

I came across a video the other day. It’s a few years old but, aside from the event that she references, it’s timeless.

I have no connection to the site, to the woman, to the organization, to any of the people.

She just has a good message.

The past handful of years, I’ve been trying to do better, tell people that they’re important to me, that I love them, that I’m grateful for them. Tell them especially when they did something that maybe didn’t even feel like a big deal to them but meant the world to me. (Those little things mean so much, don’t they? I got teary just typing that sentence.)

I’m not great at it yet, but I’m getting better.

I think we all can do better.

Watch it here.

There are lots of ways to do it. Cards. Texts. Emails. Phone calls. Face to face. And so many ways within those categories, both straightforward and creative. A message. A poem. A song. A picture (drawn, purchased, photograph) with a caption.

Let yourself be vulnerable. You’ll be better for it. So will they.


I don’t remember where I saved this from, but I’ve sent it to a good number of people.


My name is Heat! (It's short for Heather.) My last name is Polish and has a few Zs in it and it's really just easier this way.

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