Okay, a couple of days I wrote about hate mail from readers. The latest mean letter bummed me out for an entire day. But then the following day I get the most lovely gift and heartfelt note from a student who thanked me profusely for helping her improve as a writer. Guess the moral of the story is for every person whose feathers you ruffle, someone else thanks their lucky stars for the influence you had on their lives. This happy feeling is going to stick with me far longer than the bummer one and reminds me that I do make a difference in people's lies. I really love teaching writing.
How about you? Any positive stories of how you brightened someone's life when you were just going about business as usual?