learning curves

45. How do I thank you all? Even the weirdos with fetishes!!

It has been a magical week. We hit 50,000 views from 131 countries and now I am in the awe-struck stage. Who would have “thunk” it?! I came on to YouTube to, hopefully, help a few people. I never dreamed that people from 131 countries would come and visit.

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My favourite day of the week was Monday when these beautiful flowers arrived from Benji, Judy and Julianna to congratulate me on becoming a Canadian and also to congratulate me on the stop smoking progress. Aren’t they just too beautiful for words? I brought them home this evening. They have spent the week at work bringing smiles,” ooohs and aahs”, pangs of jealousy, and other emotions to so many people. 

 

I received a great quote this week but I have no idea where the quote came from so I will give my version of it rather than infringe a copyright. Live a life that matters… every day. It doesn’t matter what you have but rather what you gave. It doesn’t matter what you learned but rather what you taught. Get the idea?

 

It is really strange how many people have been writing to me about the non-smoking thing. I got an email early this morning thanking me and telling me I was an inspiration. This person saw me strong and courageous. Yet, as I read another email from the same person I found out that they are really sick. Terminal, in fact. They are so in awe of the fact that I created my own “family” in my life. My personal support team. My Cheerleaders. They so desperately wanted that. I explained that that was the very reason I started DearMamaSal – to provide that extended family feel for those who needed it.

 

I love the “Our Pets” page! If you haven’t checked it out … do so, it is bound to make you smile at least once! During one of our BlogTV sessions someone suggested that we might want to have a “Movies we have enjoyed” page as well. Let me know if you would like that or send your input to dearmamasal@gmail.com and I will start the page and see how people react to it. Don’t feel you have to send us the intelligent recommendations… send the truth! The movies you enjoyed. Not the ones the critics thought you should enjoy!

 

Another week and more leaning. I just find it so hard to thank everyone who made these milestones possible. Big hugs to you all.

YouTube Channel Update – Week 27

Subscribers  2435
Views            53,241 from 131 countries
Blog views   3655

Lessons learned: There are strange people in the world… I put up a vid on how I keep my nails so long, white and beautiful and the weirdos (with fetishes) came out and contacted me. Not something I expected at 65!!! hehehehe

 

 

 

 

 

33. The continued power of small guestures of kindness

I continue to be amazed at the power of doing small acts of kindness for people. This week, for example, I walked through our reception at work and a client dropped his case for his reading glasses. Without thinking, I bent down and picked it up and returned it to him. He was on his cell phone but the look in his eyes told me he appreciated what I had done. I smiled and nodded (to show him I understood) and walked away.

Two days later, he was back in reception and I happen to walk through. He reacted immediately. Insisting that I sit next to him. I smiled and sat down. He then spent 15 minutes thanking me for what I had done. I was stunned. It was such a small thing and yet, obviously, it had made a huge impact on him. I am still not sure why but he told me not only how much he appreciated what I had done but also spoke of my soul and how it was obvious that I cared deeply about people. To be honest, I was a little stunned at the depth of his thanks. He went on to tell me that had brought a friend in with him and that he wanted him to meet me. I politely shook hands with the friend and then the proceeded to explain that I was the one who had picked up the case for his glasses. The second man, who did not speak English well, smiled and nodded and made sure I knew that he understood who I was. I went back to my office and sat down and smiled. Such a small act of kindness and yet such a huge impact on a man who I had thought was more intent on his cell phone call than the glass case. So take the opportunity to do little acts of kindness for people. Not for the expectation of thanks but just because it is good for YOUR soul. It feels good. In a way, it is a selfish act because you will gain more than you give!

It is Week 11 of this journey and we hit 17,000 views today, We picked up two thousand views in a very short time. I am not sure what I did to create that but it tells me that we are doing something right here We have already passed my personal goals for December (!!). I just don’t understand the medium well enough yet but I do know that I need to keep doing what I think is needed and keep plugging away at my huge learning curve. There are days when I feel the pressure of working all day and then coming home and starting my “second job”. Every now and then I get a comment from a viewer that touches my heart and I know it is worth the time spent. Or I hear from a viewer that they found our channel, accidently, and just love what we are doing. The number of people who have thanked me for the time spent also touches my heart. In hope that our viewers know how much I appreciate all they have done to share what we are doing. How will I ever be able to thank Benji and Judy for all they did to encourage me to take the risk? I feel like I have new purpose in life and that the journey has only just begun. A simple act on my part and such a huge reward. Thank  you.

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28. It’s our 2nd. (month) Anniversary and 14,000 views!

I look back on the past two months and am in awe of all I have learned, all the wonderful comments I have received and the people who took the time to trust me with their questions.

Two months ago I didn’t know what vids were; didn’t know how to record, edit and upload a video to YouTube or understand the value of the right tags, right categories or vast numbers of other things about the YouTube world. It has been a huge learning curve. It has, in many ways, changed my life… again.

I did not believe that people would want to watch an “old fart” or hear her opinions on life, love, relationships or that they would want to watch how I makes crepes or a decorative bow, or care enough to give me moral support as I worked through the learning curve(s).

I did experiments on subjects and on formats. Kept a close watch on statistics and even developed my own. It has given me a new focus in my life. One that was sorely needed, to tell the truth. I found new energy, new creativity and new reasons to smile each day.

I have had the opportunity to meet so many new people, hear about their lives, their problems and their heartache. I have been touched by some of the stories and sat staring at the screen, in horror, at some others. I have been inspired to continue “the work” by reading about the way a phrase, line or word has impacted someone’s life.

I have been frustrated with computer viruses, confused by YouTube questioning the originality of one of my uploads (if anyone had knowledge on this subject, please let me know) and worked long hours to learn new programs and techniques.

I have been ridiculed by colleagues when I asked for help on a matter that was worrying me (“why don’t you ask DearMamasal?”) and had to bite my tongue from replying, “…because smart doctors don’t treat themselves and smart lawyers don’t represent themselves”. I have done a lot of deep breathing on jibes and taunts. On the other hand, I have been so grateful to the group of people who regularly ask how it is going, what the numbers are doing and genuinely supporting my efforts.

It’s been a wonderful couple of months and I am truly looking forward to what the next couple will bring. Thank you all. I have found a medium that allows me to use so much of who I am. I feel blessed.

YouTube Channel Update – Week 8
Subscribers  1266
Views          14,075 from 109 countries
Blog views   1359

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