In the attempt to get a really good definition of affirmation, I googled it. Don't do that. There's a not very happy site with that word first. After some digging, I came up with this site, which states that affirmation is the "confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc."
Hmm. Not quite what I was going for. However, if you click on over to the thesaurus portion of the site, the second entry is for acceptance.
That's what I want. To me affirmation is feeling like others don't' think I'm a babbling idiot. That I could make a difference in someone's life. That someone else can relate to my experiences, take them into their heart, and make it their own.
Occasionally, I go back and re-read my old posts - what an amazing skill this blogging creates. I'm pretty darn great sometimes in this thing. I can be funny. I can be profound. I can be crafty. I can be babbling - just enough to keep me from thinking I'm really cool! Don't think I'm getting a big head hear; I do know how stupid I sound sometimes. But when I write, when you read, and then you write back to me . . . that feeling of interconnectedness. That sense of awe, of not being alone.
That's what I'm talking about.
*And I totally get the prize for longest word use today - 18 letters!