Pen Pals Aren’t Dead

photo(19)I thought that with email and social media, pen pals didn’t really exist anymore.  The word Dear in front of your name, isn’t something that is familiar for many people anymore.  A few weeks ago I got a message from a woman who I have met through Twitter.  We do not know each other in any way other than from the 140 characters we tweet with every once in awhile.  She lives in the UK and I am here in the US.  She found me once she started following my husband for weight loss tips and encouragement.  From the moment I read her first tweet, I felt like she was someone I knew.  She was kind and warm and eventually I looked forward to reading what she had to say.  The message she sent me simply stated that she wrote me a letter.  I was curious to read this letter and as I did, I cried.  It started with Dearest Chelsie.  She proceeded to tell me about herself, her family, her job, and her life.  It was great getting to know her.  She said that she read my blog and looked through my business website.  She then gave so much encouragement and support for what I am trying to do with my life.  As I read on I couldn’t believe that someone who lived countries away from me and who I had never met, could identify the type of person I am.  She described how she viewed me and said “I know we have not met. This is simply my perception from your window to the world.”  It brought tears to my eyes and a big smile to my face. I printed that letter and everyday that I struggle to find motivation or I get frustrated at the lack of progress I am able to make, I read that letter.

I thought I would share some of her words:

“Continue to conquer the world Chelsie.  One marathon, one initiative, one blog, one tweet at a time!  I am cheering you on the side lines in my loudest voice, willing you to succeed and break barriers and you will.  I sense that about you.  Make no mistake too, that I will be one of the first in the queue when you become a published author.  I look forward to keeping in touch and more regular updates regarding the Proud & Pretty initiatives.”

As I read this last paragraph I was in awe of her and her kindness.  She felt the need to reach out to me and I am so grateful for that.  I’ve always believed that words can change things.  They are beautiful, inspiring and they leave an impression.  This woman’s words were all of those things to me.

I encourage others to give encouragement to those they feel a connection with.  You never know what your words of wisdom and support can do for another human being…

I end this entry feeling inspired and in complete admiration of a great woman. XOXO to you Wyn!

-Chelsie

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