Thoughts on Validation

We do what we do. We love what we do. Sure we get tired or completely burnt-out. Sometimes, the thought of quitting drifts in. After all, there is much to juggle in order to give our time, our attention and our heart to our craft, our passion, our purpose, our dreams. Some days are downright difficult, frustrating, mind-numbing, body-wracking and heart-wrenching. Yet we keep at it; we keep plodding on because whatever happens, however tightly our life commitments pull at us, our passion for what we do blazes within us.

In the grand scheme of things, we don’t need validation from others to stay true to our passion and purpose. Yet, validation that comes in the form of support for our dreams, appreciation for our work and how it positively impacts people’s lives and encouragement to keep doing what we are doing, brings a level of inspiration that heats up our passion, inspires us to manage our challenges and pushes us to stretch ourselves.

When someone calls me, emails me, or comments on my writing (blog posts, weekly column, feature articles, essays…) speechlessness precedes my verbal or written responses. I almost can’t believe they are responding to something I have written. Many of my writer friends tell me that they react the same way. Gradually, it gives way to the realization that this is validation that I am honouring my passion – writing to inspire readers to dare to be themselves, live full and purposeful lives and identify and pursue their dreams.

Whenever validation comes, how does it affect how you view what you do and how you approach and engage with your passion?


2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Validation

  1. Hi Cheryl,

    Oh yes but when they do, when they do, (even if just one comment)….ah, we want to fly, we want to write more, write more often, write better to connect in a meaningful way, affect lives, change the word.


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