Welcome to Day Five! If you have followed me for more than five minutes, You may think I believe it's my soul purpose to keep the postal system alive and functioning. I absolutely adore snail mail.
It's true I feel our lives are moving by way to fast and while I do take advantage of all of the technological advances we've made over the decades, there's just something to be said about seeing happy mail in your mailbox.
I do like being able to send off a quick text or email to those in my digital address book, but who doesn't love opening their mailbox and seeing something... different? Something that stands out above the rest. This piece of mail isn't asking for anything... it's giving. A card or a note. A postcard or a full on letter... filled with details and stories and memories, written in a familiar handwriting.
Today's suggestion is taking it "old school". Grab a happy, colorful card, or even just a piece of lined paper... and write. Write to your friend. Write to your grandparents. Write to your parents, siblings, cousins... write to a teacher that meant a lot to you... write to a former co-worker that has been on your mind... write to a childhood friend... you see them on facebook, but you want something a little more... personal.
A letter just might do the trick.
There doesn't even need to be any earth-shattering news inclosed on the inside. The mission is technically accomplished once they see the envelope from you. The dopamine drip has begun. The kindness has been delivered. The happiness has been achieved. And you... what do you get? You get to smile knowing that the recipient of your missive will be surprised with an unexpected gift in 4 to 10 days.
Maybe you'll get a response... maybe you won't. The kindness challenge isn't about getting "rewarded" for the things we do, even though there are rewards all along the way, but ... more specifically, it's not about the recognition for DOING the acts of kindness. Doing them... IS the reward for us. And it is such a sweet feeling.
So go on! Don't let me keep you... grab your pen and get to writing. This one is a favorite of mine for those who live some distance from me... but it's an even bigger surprise when they live in the area... I mean, who would write a card when you could just pop over and see them?? This girl.
Happy writing, y'all!