I like to consider myself as a thoughtful person. I routinely think fondly about family, friends, and even the occasional stranger who crosses my path. I often pen sweet "thinking of you" notes in my head, with every intention of capturing the thoughts on paper and sending them off in the mail, but lately, the thoughts escape before I sit down, and my good intentions disappear with them...
A few weeks ago, I recommitted myself to the practice of sending "love notes." I jotted down the names of friends and acquaintances who have been on my mind and picked up cards that captured the spirit of what I wanted to share. But as each week concluded, the cards remained in my "to do" folder, and I copied the names forward to the following week's agenda, reasoning I would have more time when "x" was done.
I have been inspired to overcome my lethargy and act on my intentions by a simple reminder of the value of a kind word and the unforeseen loss of several men and women - young and old - close to my family over the weekend. We have such a short window to let our loved ones know how we feel about them, and it really takes so little time and energy to say "thank you" or "I appreciate you." So this afternoon, I am pulling out my list, grabbing my notecards, and getting to work. Friends, check your mailboxes - there just may be a note coming your way!
Have you been putting off a gesture that could improve someone's day - and bring you joy in the offering? What can you do to make it happen?