Sunday, May 5, 2013

Idea #3 Write Someone a REAL Letter

NOT an email. A REAL LETTER. With a real pen and paper and everything. True your hand may cramp up at first when it doesn't recognize a foreign writing tool with no keyboard or buttons or touchpad, but give it half a chance, will ya?

It's been said that letter writing has become a lost art. I totally believe it. Remember when you were a kid and you got a letter in the mail, maybe from your grandma, and you could hardly contain your excitement while you ripped open the envelope to see what she had sent you or what goodies were sent in a care  package and a sweetly handwritten card telling you how proud of you she was?  Remember receiving letters from pen pals from camp, or checking your teeny tiny cramped mailbox at college for a letter from home? (Admittedly usually with the hopes of finding some extra cash in there from mom and dad LOL)  When's the last time you checked your mailbox ( or post office box) and you found more than just bills and store flyers?
I don't know about you, but the only thing I got in the mail addressed to me that's not a bill was my monthly bank statement. Until I switched to the paperless online statements, Sigh.

SO HERE'S THE CHALLENGE. Take the initiative and send out the love to someone you care about and by letting them know you thought of them enough to take the time and effort to pen a letter and buy an envelope and a stamp and everything., Hey, it's the littlest things that can have the biggest impact sometimes, trust me on this. It doesn't even have to be someone who lives out of town, and it doesn't have to be fancy (But I'm not stopping you if you want to make it fancy - by all means, break out the calligraphy pen and fly at 'er!) But really, the whole point is just a note to say hey, I want you to know I'm thinking of you and you're awesome.

You have no idea how deeply you can touch someone's heart when you show them you care. None of us is perfect, we all make mistakes and we all have bad days. On one of those not-so-great days it's nothing short of a small happy miracle to dig through the incessant flood of bills to find an envelope addressed to you personally from a loved one - JUST BECAUSE.

Are you inspired yet? Go write your real, live, almost-to-the-point-of-extinction letter, and mail it.  You'll feel your heart smile when you realize you may have just been someone's small happy miracle today ;)

Well, I'm off to go throw a whole bunch of bills , um, flyers in the recycle bin,

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