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Being More Thankful

As a kid I was one of those weird ones that loved to write letters. I’d write letters to my brothers and sisters, I’d write notes to my dad when he went out of town, and my mom when he went out of town so she didn’t feel lonely, etc. I didn’t often receive letters back, but that didn’t stop me, because I loved it, then as I got older, life got busier, I still didn’t get letters back and I figured people didn’t care about them.  Especially lately, like the last 5 or so years, I’ve just let that part of me fall to the wayside.

I noticed that I was a bit more down lately. Yes, life has been insanely busy, and someone is always upset that they don’t see us enough, and it just makes everything a bit hard when we almost never see each other, let alone others, and when people complain and guilt trip it just gets really overwhelming.

I decided that things needed to change. I can’t change others, but I can change myself, and while we may not be able to physically see people as often as we’d like, I could still let them know I’m thinking of them, and thankful for them. So, I decided I needed to be more thankful, and let the people in my life know what they mean to me.

I’ve started to send out notes (I got some adorable greeting cards that make me smile) and I send out at least 3 each month, sometimes more. I’ve gotten some weird responses when messaging people asking for their addresses, apparently letters aren’t really done anymore, but they’re just me, something I love.

There’s been a difference since I started. I am more aware of the people in my life, and how much they mean to me, or how much they don’t, and I don’t feel as guilty having to say no to things.

I’m hoping my notes make a difference and brighten the days of those that get them, but regardless, they’re brightening mine, and changing my perspective, helping me to focus on what I should have been focusing more on all along. So, if you get a message asking for your address, don’t make me feel weird/make it awkward, just give it to me :].

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