We live in the country, and our driveway is long. Going to the mailbox near the end of each day to see “what arrived” is a pretty big deal, and one that our little dog, Gundry, looks forward to each afternoon.
Like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Yes, I know, email has replaced the classic letter, but getting something through the mail can be fun and exciting!
My wife and I learned earlier this year that our California daughter had trouble getting many of her favorite household items and snacks. So, we began to send a box to California each week to supplement her needs and those of her family. Imagine our joy as we watch our grandchildren open a package of “goodies” every week via FaceTime! There’s nothing quite like getting a box of Kellogg’s Froot Loops from the Variety Pack when you’re a kid! It’s a hoot!
I’ve also written and published three books this year and have enjoyed sending them as a surprise to many personal and professional friends. The responses I’ve received have been remarkable: “Great work!” “Amazingly informative.” “Thanks so much! You’ve touched my heart.”
Sometimes my wife orders things she thinks our local daughters need or would enjoy and has them shipped to their homes as a surprise. You know, exciting things like giant swimming pool floats shaped like a pink flamingo!
And it’s fun to send an unsolicited card, note, or letter to a friend, colleague, or mentor to let them know how much they mean to you, or how much they’ve positively impacted or influenced your life. But don’t delay! I’ve learned the hard way that they’re not always around when we finally take time to thank them.
Send a card to someone you love and tell them that you love them, or send a small, unexpected gift. Write a letter to a mentor who positively impacted your life and thank them, or send an informative note to the person that needs your guidance for a great future. Share your knowledge to shorten their learning curve to success.
Sometimes what we get in our mailbox pleasantly surprises us, but sometimes that which we send to others changes their lives. Get busy. Write and send that letter today!
“When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who
made a difference in this world. My hope still is to leave the world
a little bit better for my having been here.
It’s a wonderful life, and I love it.“
from: “Wisdom from It’s Not Easy Being Green”