One day back in 2009, I was overcome by gratitude and published a short, gushing post thanking various strangers, teachers, family members and cats for what they had done for me.
I also thanked my small but growing audience for coming here. Raptitude was just over a month old and already it felt quite amazing that there were people I didn’t know who wanted to hear what I had to say.
This blog will be seven years old next month, and I can’t believe I’ve let so much time go by without directly thanking you for reading and sharing Raptitude. I try to tone down the sentimentality on this blog, but I honestly can’t tell you how much it means to me that you come here to read my long-winded reflections about self-defeating habits, existential absurdity, imaginary time travel and human frailty.
I’ve watched the audience grow from a size that could sit around a boardroom table to one that could fill a couple of Greyhounds, then a large high school, then a large concert hall. Today, the subscribers alone couldn’t fit into even the largest NHL arena, and it’s all because so many of you have told your friends about this little corner of the internet. Thank you so much for doing that.
Camp Calm has just finished. It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, and a lot of campers have said the same thing. It was even more well-received than I had hoped, and now a few more Greyhound-loads of people now have consistent daily meditation practices, which is wonderful to think about. I’ll have a lot to say about it later, but for now I’m enjoying a bit of time in a low-key, offline mode. This weekend I decided to relax and watch the Superbowl with my friends instead of writing a blog post.
To those who didn’t attend the camp, Raptitude will have surely seemed a lot quieter over the last two months. On my end it was the opposite—I’ve never been so busy and involved with it. In any case, Raptitude will return to its regular schedule next week.
Thank you again everybody, and have a great week.