So today my coworker was back to work and I was able to give her the poncho for her niece. When she paid me, she included an extra five dollars and said, "I don't need anything back." What??? I was happy, not even because of the five dollars, but I think more because she thought that my time spent and the product she requested was worthy of anything outside of what I asked for.
And then on top of that, a friend of mine sent me an email yesterday that included this note: "First let me say that I think that you're work is gorgeous.. and that you've got some serious skills." Then he went on to encourage me to keep doing this.
In both of those moments, I really can't describe how those acts of kindness made me feel, but it was a good feeling.
Most of my life I've struggled with "finding my place" in the world, I guess. Partly the sign of perfectionism - a blessing and a curse. :-) I always felt that I had talent. I knew I could do a lot of things (that's what made it extremely hard to choose a profession and makes it hard to focus sometimes), but I always met people who were just way better at everything that I could do, so I sort of went into this inner shell. Then within the last year or so I've begun to realize that some people have gifts and some have talents, but both of them have to be worked on and both are given by God. I also have begun to realize that I don't have to be "the best" or better than anyone else at what I do. And you know what, just figuring that out has made me enjoy all my "pieces of talents" more. It has also helped me to better appreciate the work of others as well. You guys rock! :-)