There is no doubt that several hundred people are wondering what on Earth has happened that I would send out the following tweet.
I am afraid that it would not be appropriate for me to share the full story with you. However, because so many of you responded with things like “@GSPN it must've been really bad to cancel your shows. I hope your kids are okay,” I figured I should explain that this may not be as serious as you might think.
Of course, when I sent out that message it went to just over 3,000 people on Twitter, nearly 2,000 people on Facebook, and a few hundred people on LinkedIn. Probably not the most professional thing for me to do.
However, as my status update stated, I had received an email that pretty much cut straight to my heart. It wasn't one of those emails with unsolicited critical feedback from an angry listener that we podcasters sometimes get. I would have preferred such an email.
No this came from a friend, and not just any friend. I had done something to let this friend down for which they had every right to be upset with me about. In addition, my friend communicated that I failed to meet some previous expectations that were never communicated to me.
Again, it's not appropriate that I share any further details with you. Please know that I don't put out status updates like that just to gain attention. And I certainly don't want to be “the boy who cried wolf.” While nothing extremely serious had happened in the grand scheme of things, I had a very deep emotional response to the words that were written to me in this email.
I did what I knew in my heart that I should do. I was too emotional, at that moment in time, to continue recording the remaining shows for the day, so I canceled them and immediately sought out the opportunity to talk with this friend, one on one.
We both clearly communicated what was on our hearts and minds and we both shared some frustrations. In the end, we both shared heartfelt apologies and due to this communication, I've simply come away with a bit of a bruised ego and a better understanding of how to avoid this sort of misunderstanding from happening in the future.
So my friends, I'm very sorry if my status update alarmed you. I am very thankful for the amount of prayers and thoughts that were poured out for me immediately after I sent that. While this was nothing life threatening, this was a very emotional event for me and I appreciate that you all care!