One of my favorite parts to write in every book I publish is the Acknowledgments section. Yes, it’s always at the end of the book, but it’s so important to me that I often start thinking about it before I’m finished with my first draft.
The Acknowledgments section is where I’m able to thank everyone who has helped me take an idea and turn it into a “real” book. My family, my mentors, my agent, my preferred readers, my Dream Team . . . it’s a writer’s way of saying thank you. Of telling readers “these people made a difference in my life while I wrote this book.”
Stephen Covey was so, so right when he said, “The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged.” We like to know that we matter — that we make a difference in this world. That we’re important to someone else. Of course, we don’t always get a mention in the Acknowledgments at the back of a book. But maybe someone sends you a handwritten note or an email or gives you a hug with a whispered, “Thank you. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
We’ve been seen. We’ve been recognized.
Of course, we didn’t do or say what we did for recognition . . . but still, being valued gives us a sense of worth that affirms our actions. I’m not talking about feeding our ego. No. I’m talking about someone taking the time to see you for who you are — to appreciate you. Or let’s flip this scenario and remind ourselves that others like to be acknowledged for who they are. It’s just as important to be the acknowledger as it is to be the acknowledged.
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