Isn't it wonderful to receive acknowledgement? Is there any greater gift?
So different from flattery, acknowledgement is truthful and sincere. Purer than a compliment, it can be a simple statement of fact.
That painting made me cry.
You made the difference so I could try and create.
I never feel judged by you.
For the one acknowledged, to be told what someone has received from you helps you to know what you are giving. It can inform you of a talent or gift you have that you might not have been aware of. It can help you know what path you are on, that you are on track, or help you see yourself in another way.
Don't assume that a person knows what others receive from them. It is so difficult for us to see ourselves. They may have tried for years to be wise or loving or kind, and not be able to see that they are succeeding.
Thank you to those who have helped me with their acknowledgements. It is the confirmation that helps me to persist in the face of my self-doubt.