Last week, I had a landmark letter show up in my mailbox. I regularly receive feedback, suggestions, and questions after my keynote presentations, or after people read my blog or newsletter. Never before had I received a letter like this one.
I’ll paraphrase, but in short, it said:
Dear Mr. Sheridan:
Your Mea Culpa: The Importance Of Learning From Failure blog came at a time when I needed it most. My last two suicide attempts could have easily ended my life. This time I was able to call a car service and get to the E.R. quickly. Again, thank you for your inspirational and timely blog.
With great respect,
Wow. This heartfelt letter literally brought me to tears. One of the key secrets to creating employee engagement is to make sure the work you give to people has meaningfulness and purpose, which was so beautifully articulated in Dan Pink’s great book, Drive.
I have always strived to provide ideas that will accelerate world-class positive change for both organizations and individuals. Never before did I think my writings would save a life and help get that life back on a positive track.
Wow. Meaningfulness and purpose.
If you’re going through tough times and need someone to talk to, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help. They are available 24/7: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Additional resources on depression and addiction are also available at The Recovery Village.