My Unending Gratitude to Your Show of Support

thank you gratitude - taken in maui

A labor of love has many hands and hearts at work. There may be one true leader for the effort but it is quite never without the support of at least a precious few others.

My labor of love started over 4 months ago — with an idea. Ideas, I truly believe, are the beginning of everything. But those fragile beginnings need intense love and attention so as to let your ideas bloom and blossom. In this case, the idea was a seed for my first product and for Prolific Living’s first offering to its beloved readers and followers — and after 4 grueling months of a true labor of love, the Fear-Crushing Travel Guide launches on Friday, April 29th.

The product creation process, which I shall document for posterity sometime after launch in case you are itching to create something of your own, naturally taught me countless lessons. So much learning to absorb and to put to good use. So many exciting new things to integrate into future products and services. Every lesson was invaluable but only one came as a complete surprise.

I am still incredulous as I think about it: To what lengths some people go to offer you a true helping hand!

I thought I was good at helping others. In fact, I took a little pride in the ways that I helped others and generously offered of my time and knowledge. I did until the helping hands of amazing support and guidance were extended to me during the pre-launch preparation phase for the Fear-Crushing Travel Guide. Without this help, I would have still launched a product, sure. I would have eventually figured it out and offered a useful guide, yes. And I would have found a way to learn from all the extra mistakes that I was spared from making, thanks to those helping hands. Without help, we manage to survive and get by, no doubt.

Except that’s not the point at all. The point is how far some people go out of their way to help us and how they leave us better than they found us through their beautiful desire to help. The point is how much genuine kindness and generosity abounds in like-minded communities and how impossible it is to ever put a price on it.

I wonder if I have done enough in the past to warrant such a show of support and such acts of kindness and I marvel at how some people around me manage to find ways to lift their place in my heart to an even higher ground.

What do you do when someone shows you an amazing act of kindness and an incredible show of support?

For me, showing my gratitude in return sometimes does not seem enough. Saying thank you profusely is imperative but seems inefficient, compared to what they put forth to guide me through a challenging patch. A promise to return the favor is a natural follow-up but still lacks in expressing how grateful I feel. I do all of these, of course, but beyond that, the greatest outcome of this may just be how committed I feel in fiercely helping others in return. Who knows, maybe this will create a pattern of generosity and true support that will touch people far outside of my inner circle.

Now that makes me feel a little better about proper reciprocation!

Do you go out of your way to help others?

Do you take time out of your super busy schedule to truly help someone else find their way?

Do you know how far those efforts go in building rock-solid relationships along with a sense of duty and trust?

This post is dedicated to all of you my dear friends and peeps who helped with the preparation, reviews, and launch of The Fear-Crushing Travel Guide. It was  particularly inspired by one amazing supporter and friend, Sid Savara, for his extensive advice and guidance. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

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  • http://www.daveursillo.com/ Dave Ursillo

    Gratitude, as I always say, is the cornerstone of true happiness. Congratulations on this accomplishment Farnoosh, here’s to many more! :)

    Dave

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dave, my dear bodyguard :), you are much too smart for your age and your own good and I’m delighted to have you be first on this post. Thank you SO much for the support!!!

  • http://www.theresemiu.com Therese Miu

    Hi Farnoosh, I have this on my side bed “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” You are truly wonderful and we love you.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      I need something like that by my bedside. Wow, Therese, that is poetic, beautiful and very true. Thank you, thank you for sharing and the love is more than mutual. Big huge thank you for this loving support.

  • http://celestinechua.com/blog Celestine Chua

    Hey Farnoosh, I’m really excited for you, now that your first product is finally here after all the months of hard work and preparation. Can’t wait to see how everything unfold this Friday! :D

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Celes, I still remember your amazing launch over a year ago – if I am not mistaken – and I think you have inspired me since then to have a product of my own. Whatever happens Friday, I am delighted to offer this product to whomever it may benefit. And a million thanks for your kind support.

  • http://www.jungleoflife.com/ Lance

    Farnoosh,
    You truly, truly, truly shine at helping others! So, I’m not surprised at all of what you’ve experienced. This is so deserved, and you are reaping the benefit of your deeply gracious heart.

    It’s an honor to see this journey unfold for you…

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Lance, *blush blush* – thank you. Thank you so much. I am so lucky to find this community; it fits me like a perfect glove. And it’s lovely to see you back in action, Lance. Stay around a while. We’ve missed you.

  • http://thehappyseeker.com Christopher Foster

    A happy chance I find myself here today Farnoosh with you and your many other readers and friends. I do so support you in the launch of your product and echo your sentiments of gratitude.

    Been working on a course myself — my first — on the “True promise of aging,” and I had no idea what a demanding yet exhilarating journey it would be. Now I’m not a woman, you see, so I don’t speak from experience. But I think creating a product must have some similarity to the joy and pain of having a baby :-) Every good wish.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Christopher, a happy chance for both of us, welcome and thank you for stopping by. And thank you so much for the support. Oh it’s wonderful that you are going through the product creation process too. Well, I AM a woman and I have no idea what the pain of having a baby is, nor do I ever wish to find out – so we are in the same boat there ;)!

  • http://franstips.com/2011/04/101-blog-Topics Fran Aslam the Onlinewriter

    Hi Farnoosh.

    Thanks for such an awesome post. I came to your site after a while today. Noticed that you have a product to release. Congratulations!, I am sure with your outstanding approach philosophy you will be extremely successful from the first day.

    Make it great for yourself

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello dear Fran, thank you so much for the support and the congratulations – I am so touched. Thank you!

  • http://theboldlife.com Tess The Bold Life

    Farighnoosh,
    You are one of the most sincere bloggers I know. No matter how big you grow you continue to care about and help others. You will only continue to ride high on a wave of abundance.

    • http://positiveprovocations.com Zeenat{Positive Provocations}

      @Dearest Tess- This is one point I agree with you wholeheartedly. No matter how much this beautiful Farnoosh has grown( I think she is ginormous in terms of blogging growth today), she is still that sincere, honest to the bone friend I met a year back. How amazing is that?? Farnoosh Rocks :) And so does her NEW Product :)

      • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

        Zeenat, darling, stop it or it will go right to my head.
        Thank you so much for taking a peek at the product and for being extremely supportive. It’s been fun to grow *together* from our early days and thank you so much for these beautiful words again. You know I am crazy about you!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Is that a new nickname for me, Tess? ;))
      Thank you thank you so much – I don’t really think I have grown that “big” and I have always liked the feeling of “small” so long as I have readers who talk to me ;)!! Thank you so much, dear Tess. You are amazing and I am delighted to have you in my world.

  • http://mararose10.wordpress.com Mara Rose

    Gratitude is everything. Yours is a wonderful and heartfelt reminder.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Mara, welcome here. Thank you *so much* – so glad to find you here.

  • http://positiveprovocations.com Zeenat{Positive Provocations}

    Darling Farnoosh,
    Helping is just another way of connecting for me. And since we are all one in the reality of it all…this connection is just getting stronger and stronger with every act of love and kindness :)
    Your product is lovely and its above all Helpful! I pray it goes so so far…and lifts you to greater heights.
    You are the epitome of helping my dear..and all you see in others is infact a mirror to yourself. You are beautiful hence you see the beauty in others so effortlessly.
    I’m here for you always always….
    Lots of love ,
    Z~

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Z, if anyone knows it, it’s you. The connection we have is beyond amazing, even though we have never met. The power of the words, I suppose; it can evoke emotion across oceans and continents and create friendships out of thin air!
      I hope the guide does well too but I am planning to not attach much to the results. Thank you so much for making me feel truly special the night before this launch. I am so blessed. Love back at ya!

  • http://positiveprovocations.com Zeenat{Positive Provocations}

    oh shucks…I forgot to mention how much I love the new header! Its totally awesome! Tell your designer that….too.
    Hugs~

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      What can I say, my designer was a genius and I got very lucky. Thank you so much.

  • http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/ Steven Aitchison

    Hi Farnoosh, I love your sincerity and recognition of others who have helped you with this project.

    I know exactly what you mean about this being a labour of love so I totally get where you are coming from :)

    However, as you have discovered, your friends become a huge support in the whole process, and it’s in doing something like this that true friendships are cemented.

    You have done brilliantly over the last year and the Fear-Crushing Travel Guide will surely be the cherry on the cake :)

    I wish you all the very best Farnoosh.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Steven, thank you so much. And you would know because I know you have worked on products before from listening to your interviews. A labor of hard tough long love :)! True friendships are cemented < I love that phrase and I have noticed how lucky I am to see these happen. Thank you SO MUCH for the support, Steven. You have mine and I owe you an email soon.

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    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Carolyn, I am already coming to Blogworld and normally, I’d prefer not to have links on comments but this one is relevant and I’d love for people to find the discount and for more bloggers (or non-bloggers) to attend Blogworld. Thanks so much!

  • Rashmie@MommyLabs

    My dear Farnoosh,
    After reading this post, I’ve come to know and understand you even more closely. No wonder you have all the love and support from the blogging community, from your friends and readers. Even though we are separated by distance, our thoughts, vibes and energy connect us closely. And I have come to know that physical closeness or distance sometime becomes irrelevant compared to the cosmic connection that we form due to how we choose to radiate our inner selves. Ha. so much philosophical spiel, you may think….. :))

    Hearty congratulations, dear friend for your first product launch. I can almost feel how many hours of effort and concentration and love and faith has gone into it. I was telling my hubby today about it and I also told him how much of an inspiration you are! Stay this way -always – inspiring, helpful, humble… :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dearest Rashmie,
      So so lovely to see you here. I am so lucky and I am delighted to help others; it’s a borderline obsession really!! Physical distance means nothing; we are practically best friends! And you can spiel philosophy here to your heart’s desire.
      Thank you so much for the support on this first product; oh the hours were long and grueling but I am happy I did it. So happy. Thank you for talking about me to your family. I feel popular ;)!
      Seriously, gratitude for all your support, dear Rashmie.

  • Sandra / Always Well Within

    Farnoosh,

    I love the idea of a circle of kindness. May it keep rolling until it touches the entire earth. Congratulations on getting to the eve of your launch. May all go stupendously for you!

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  • Felicia @ No Deposit Poker

    Hi Farnoosh,
    I love how you take your time to write just to extend your thanks to your readers. Whenever I come to your site I can sense a feeling of warmth, peace and happiness. Looking forward to the launch of your first product! Congratulations and I wish you all the best!