Like most busy people, I am easily distracted or pulled away from things I intend or want to do. I have a friend named Joan who sends cards to many people for encouragement, birthdays, or just to say, “I love you.” Whatever the occasion, she never misses a chance to send a beautiful card.
I am always overwhelmed when I receive one of her cards, and it just changes my day. I often joke and say that I want to be like Joan when I grow up. She shows kindness through her ministry to just about everyone in her life. I don’t even ask how many cards she sends on a monthly basis. She just loves doing it.
A simple note, thoughtful card, or hand-written letter changes everything! I often intend to send caring messages to my friends, but I get distracted and focused on something else that requires my attention. Then later, with regret, I think about the opportunity missed. That’s why there are so many belated birthday cards in the stores, I guess.
I am trying hard to not let distractions keep me from the things that really matter. I’m trying to get ahead by putting reminders on my calendar a few days before a friend or family member’s special day arrives.
It’s the little surprises that let people know how much you love them. Case in point: I have every card from my children, grandchildren, and husband in a box in my closet. I cherish every little token. It doesn’t have to be a purchased card–sweet thoughts on a sticky note work for me, too. My grandchildren write great ones on plain paper, and oh, how I treasure them!
E-mails are wonderful, too. Texts are nice, if that’s your usual mode of communication! Any message that says you are important, loved, or thought of has such value in a relationship. Start with baby steps. Send one card this week to someone special! You will make that person very happy.