When’s the last time you actually picked up a pen and wrote someone a letter or note with your own two hands? I can’t even remember the last time I did this. What a great idea and the perfect way to begin my new, be kind and blog 31-Day Challenge! Who’s in?
Ah, another 31-Day Challenge. The last one was 31 days of self-love and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do another one. So, wha-la!
I was thinking of what to do this time around and thought of two really great ones: how to show kindness, and blogging. I couldn’t decide which one to do so I combined them.
Today’s the first day of the Blogging for Kindness 31-Day Challenge and I’m excited, nervous and eager to spread the love. Today’s challenge: write a handwritten note to someone you cherish.
A Personal Touch
I chose a dear friend of mine who is going through a hard time right now and I know she could use all the extra love and support she can get. Yeh, I could call or text her, but a handwritten note is so personal – don’t you think?
Just like all of you out there that love real books – I love real paper. When everyone else is downloading the latest organization app to handle their projects and day-to-day tasks, I’m the one carrying a journal or notepad scratching down all my to-do’s on paper and using a pen to cross my items off once complete.
For me, it’s so satisfying to just swipe a quick, clean line of ink through something that I can now forget and let go!
I like to hold real paper in my hands and feel the connection to the earth, I love the fresh, yet dusty smell, and the roughness of the texture on my fingertips. As I pick up the pen my brain goes blank. So, I think for a minute or two…
I got it! I know what I’m going to say. I know the theme, point, or thoughts I want to communicate.
I begin writing and my hand flows freely swirling each last letter and dotting every I. I finish the note with a heart and my name. I place it in the envelope, address it, stamp it, and place it in the mailbox.
A letter is a real thing. You can keep it forever. You can carry it with you. You can hold it close to your heart. You can see the energy and tone of the writer as you read each word.
My hope for the note is that it not only delivers a message, but maybe a smile, a hug, and a little kindness too.
What will you do today to show some kindness?