Dear Quirky, Moon, Elisabeth and all~
Quite often in the past I've thought both on on talking about achievements here, and about how one's errors end up under a sort of personal microscope. I have a feeling that microscope works more effectively after midnight for some reason:)
Anyway I think Elizabeth is spot-on saying "When people share successes it inspires others". As an example I was initially reluctant to share my good fortune in two happy marriages, but eventually decided it was better for others here to know such things were attainable by ordinary people, not just impossible dreams.
Also that by bearing in mind in myself - and in a moderate way mentioning to others when appropriate - my personal successes I'm leaving less fodder for that microscope, hopefully my thoughts become more balanced and less negative.
Yes Quirky, I suppose things can get bad, life has no real guarantees, however you will cope, and each time you do the strength and practice gained makes the next misfortune less of an obstacle (I'm sure I'm singing to the choir / teaching granny ... / etc here:)