Since posting the sudden announcement that I would be taking a break due to a confluence of big life events, I’ve received the most generous response from Improvised Life’s readers: notes of sympathy, gratitude, understanding, support. They came in many forms: from Isabel Rower’s artwork card to emails and Comments, to hand-written notes. Some readers subscribed to Friends with Benefits despite there being no new content, sending a little affirmation to my Inbox.
When I mentioned them to Susan Dworski, a frequent contributor who has become a friend though I have never met in person, she wrote:
Improvised life is a family, Sally.
In all their myriad forms, these messages affirm that just reaching out with a few words in an email can have the power to heal. They’ve been tangibly helping me navigate a difficult time. It was from reading Sybille Palmer’s note that I realized it to be a big rite of passage.
I have recently gone through my share of losses, both my husband and my mother- within days of each other. Nowadays I search for new meaning in life, a new beginning. You are one of the voices that helps me on this path.
I have been so grateful for what you offer to the world and have followed the IL for some years now. Thank you and please know my thoughts are with you during this rite of passage.
Amid all that has been going on — and continues reverberate— I am deeply grateful for my unexpected, diverse and wondrous family at Improvised Life.
Thank you for bearing with, and being so THERE.