A few nights ago, my neighbor, who attends a different church, is nearly 80-years-old and almost blind, made her way across the street after dark with oxygen in hand to knock on my door and ask me how I was doing. We sat in my living room for an hour sharing with each other our trust in the Lord and how He has carried us through our most recent trials. We read scripture, swapped recipes, and encouraged one another. I walked her across the street when we were done visiting, and she stood at her doorway watching carefully until she saw that I had returned safely home. It matters not that our religious beliefs don’t always line up. We are all brothers and sisters just trying to make our way home.
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Reflecting on the experience, I couldn’t help but think, “Awww…now THAT is what authentic connection feels like!”
Simple experiences such as this one serve as reminders that connecting with others in authentic ways need not be difficult or complicated. The simplest of gestures often mean the most, such as stopping by for a visit or sending a note in the mail.
Recently, I spent two hours visiting with a new friend. Somehow the conversation turned to snail mail. When I mentioned that I tuck away in a safe place all the meaningful cards and letters I receive in the mail, my friend’s face brightened and she said, “Hey—I do the same thing!”
We both agreed that sending snail mail is a lost art that needs to make a comeback…and soon! When looking to brighten someone’s day, there is almost no better way than to send them a special note in the mail. After all, who doesn’t like to discover a “little special something” mixed in with all the bills and advertisements when retrieving mail from the mailbox?
CHALLENGE: When was the last time you sent or received snail mail? Is there someone who might benefit from receiving a special note from you? Why not take a moment to write a few kind and encouraging words on a cheery notecard and drop it in the mail this week—or, if possible, deliver it in person. These are the things of which authentic connection is made!
Need a little inspiration on what to send? Check out these whimsical and inspirational cards. (They are some of my favorites!)
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