"A part of great leadership is being able to look past the naysayers and hold fast to convictions that you are on the right path. And you all have done that, in spades."
People often respond to messages or posts with animated gifts. It's so common now, but it's hard to imagine what the equivalent would've been during conversations back in, say, the 90s. I can only imagine:
As amazing as parenthood can be, I have been convinced for some time that our children conspire against us.
Wherein the author struggles with purpose and writing. Rabbit holes are approached, but (hopefully) avoided.