An email I received earlier in the week validated for me that all the effort I've put into my book and its promotion is worthwhile. A man I never met emailed me to say he'd heard me talk about Personal Best and about my journey on a radio interview I did for CFRA's Sunday Night with Rabbi Bulka. The man wrote that he is 71 and had a heart attack a few years ago. After hearing my story, he took a bus the next morning to Chapters-Pinecrest. He hadn't gone to that part of Ottawa in a decade. He bought the book and felt inspired immediately. He decided to walk home rather than take the bus. It took him 45 minutes to walk home. His doctor wants him to exercise. He was thankful that I had shared my story.
Another day, I was waiting for my decaf coffee at Starbucks at Chapters after cycling around Ottawa with my husband. A woman also waiting began to chat with me, small talk about the lovely weather. I mentioned that I'm an author and that my book is on the Local Author's shelf. She asked me what my book is about and when I briefed her on it, she said that she has not been able to lose weight after having 5 children. She eagerly said she'd get the book and sure enough I later saw her walking out of the store, book in hand.
It's these one-on-one personal connections that hold meaning for me. Knowing that I am able to inspire and help others is very gratifying. What more can one hope for?