I’m popping by to remind you about something so simple that you won’t even think of it as a gift. (But it is!)
[Remember that?! It is when you send cards or letters through the postal service and it gets delivered to someone’s mailbox at their house!]
YEP! You got it.
Sending mail is a gift.
Think about the last time you opened your mailbox and you saw a friend’s handwriting on an envelope. Remember how your heart lurched a little with joy?
You can give this same gift of happiness! And it is easy!
Today is my mother’s birthday. (Hi mom!)
I didn’t plan to send this specific Uplift Gift email on this specific day. It’s just kismet!
I had hastily snapped that photo (up above) a couple weeks ago, before I left on a trip. I was about to mail a stack of cards and it occurred to me that I wanted to remember what a joy it is to do so.
So, I took the photo and emailed it to myself with a note: “Send to the Simply Celebrate community when you get back from Austin!”
The reason I say it is kismet that I’m sending this today, on my mom’s birthday, is because my mom is the one who taught me to send LOVE through the mail.
All of my life I have received weekly letters, cards, packages, and mad money from my mom — via the postal service.
For decades, I have opened the mailbox and seen her cheerful handwriting. It never fails to make me smile.
My mom is a role model for reminding people ALL the time that they are loved. One of the ways she does this is through the mail.
There’s a running joke in our household that my mom is single-handedly keeping the U.S. Postal Service in business.
She isn’t just sending me weekly mail; she writes to the whole family! She also writes to anyone who writes to her!
Many of you participated in the Greeting Card Bonanza surprise gift for my mom when she turned 80. I know for a fact that if there was a return address on your card, she wrote to you!
[Note to self: In my next email tell everyone HOW to do the Greeting Card Bonanza!]
Sending mail is sending LOVE. Sending LOVE is sending a gift.
It is that simple.
Let’s rethink the way we see gifts!
Gifts do not have to cost a certain amount of money or be certain type of anything.
Gifts are anytime we reach out with love and thoughtfulness. Period.
Here are a few tips for how to make Snail Mail Love fast and easy:
- Stock up on cards: Keep a special box handy. It should be easy to reach and filled with cards you like for all occasions. Anytime you are at a store and see a card that you think is funny, sweet, touching, or beautiful, buy it and put it in your box.
- Stock up on stamps: Next time you go to the post office, buy a couple sheets of LOVE stamps or any stamps you like. Make sure you buy at least a few international stamps and postcard stamps, too.
- Buy a colorful pen you love: It’s much more fun to write a note with a delightful and smooth-writing pen. Keep this with your stock of cards and stamps!
- Get some stickers: Having some decorative stickers with your stash is a way to make the process even more fun!
Once you have your stash of Snail Mail supplies, it is oh-so-simple to send a card or note when someone you love drops into your mind.
You also will have special occasion cards ready when there is an illness, death, engagement, or baby announcement.
YOU can be someone who brings people in your life surprise LOVE.
Will you do it?
We all need more joy and celebration right now.
How about if YOU are the one to send it on its way today?!
Seek celebration — even in dark corners,