What a lovely thread to read first thing on a Monday morning. Thank you everyone for such kind, warm words.
I'm going to let you into a little secret now. I have always considered myself to be quite a lazy person, probably because I was always told I was lazy as a child and during my previous work life. The thing is, I could never bring myself to enjoy working hard at something that I couldn't see the point of, and I was always looking for the short cut, for the bits of a job that people wouldn't notice if I didn't do. I only discovered how much fun working hard is in my 30s, when I started competing in stage rallies with a friend.
But I found that once you discover the joy of working towards an important goal - the pleasure that comes from achieving something that is important to you - you start to find that it affect all the other areas of your life.
And then my friendship with Aran led to a company that allowed me to work towards something important to me (the continuation, development and strengthening of my language, and the language of my children) and to help other people discover the joy of achieving impossible things (like speaking Welsh well!), It has given me the opportunity to share my joy at achievement with thousands of people, to help people past the roadblocks and challenges that always seem to stand in our way (but very often once we're past them, actually turn out to boost our progress!), and to get closer to my personal goals whilst helping other to achieve theirs.
Even better, you do the hard work - hours of listening and talking and practising and remembering (and forgetting) and self criticism and heartbreak and darkest-hour-before-the-dawn moments - and I get to sit here with a cuip of coffee in my hand and share all of your "YES!" moments!
Can you see how that might be addictive?!!!
Like anyone else, I love to be praised for things that I value, and receive praise from people that I respect, so diolch Aran, and diolch to everyone else who has contributed here for making me feel particularly special this morning.