Friendly little comments make me smile. I like manners, too. They are the rules society gives us to keep the world a nice place. And a step up from manners on the civility continuum is kindness.
Every now and then I get blown away by a thank you from someone that really makes me feel that doing my humble little art is making the world a better place in its own small way. Something that someone has put so much time, energy and even love into that it makes me feel really happy to be connected to them in that I have provided something useful for them to enjoy. And this happened to me a week or so back, after someone downloaded the first two fonts I ever designed, juleslove and julesgirltalk, from my font freebies. (Free for personal use only).
A lovely woman from Auckland (New Zealand) called Gina sent me the most beautiful two page letter which, when I took it out of the letter box, compelled me to rest my bike on the nearest bench and read it slowly. It was so positive and happy and looked so beautiful, I knew I would have to blog about it.
She had written a list, using my fonts, of the little things in life that make it all worthwhile, isn't that neat? And as I was reading her list I was agreeing with everything she wrote. Nearly all the things on the list were the little pleasurable, usually free things in life that give a wee thrill. Things to notice and appreciate.
So thankyou, Gina, you have made my day, my daughter read your letter too, and we have put it in our box of special things. I may be a stranger to you, but you have done a nice thing for me and I appreciate it.
I hope my blogging about Gina's kindness inspires someone else to spend a bit of time making someone's day.