A couple of weeks ago I received the most wonderful surprise in the mail. Not once but twice! Isn’t it wonderful when we get something in the mail that isn’t junk mail or bills?! These days that’s a rare occasion.
I’m continuing my series on connecting.
Connecting, and the importance of making a connection with others. We rush around in our hustle bustle lives and rarely make those genuine connections.
Two weeks ago we discussed what true connection is:
Sharing with loved ones,
Listening with our hearts,
Responding genuinely and
Last week we talked about the importance of being authentic and interested in others. Really checking our hearts – and listening. One of the dead giveaways is when we are talking to someone and their eyes are wandering. Often, I will just stop talking and they won’t even notice. Being authentic can’t be faked.
Well, back to the mailbox… within a week I received two very unexpected notes. And these notes absolutely lifted my spirits and made my day!
The first note was from a young mom at church thanking me for something I did four months ago. Four months ago!!! How cool is that?! My “kind gesture” wasn’t even a biggie!!! This sweet mom is about 4’11” (maybe), and on the particular day she wrote about, my young friend held her baby until he fell asleep. Now, I’m not small – and holding a sleeping baby hurts my back after about 10 minutes – so the fact that the baby was probably 1/3 of this sweet mom’s body weight – holding him asleep had to be excruciating after just a short time! Dead weight = pain!
So, I got her a chair. That was it. Yeah, I pulled a rocking chair from one room to another and made her a little ottoman with another chair – but let’s be honest. Between you and me…. That didn’t exactly warrant a thank you note 4 months later!
But what a delight to receive an unexpected thank you!
Let me ask you…
Is there someone that you wanted to thank, but just didn’t get around to it? Or a character trait in someone that caught your attention that impressed you, or blessed you?
Years ago I drove by a church and the sign out front beckoned:
The Smallest Deed is greater than the Largest Intention
Now, let me challenge you…
How about taking 10 minutes and writing them a note? You could text, email, or do what this young mom did – surprise the person with a physical note.
Oh! That second note I received in the mail… it was a note thanking my husband and I for “the nice things we had done.” I have no idea what this lady is talking about!! She’s the nice one!!
Seriously, how wonderful is it that simple gestures are recognized? And in such a surprising way.
The fact that my friends took time to thank me for simple acts of kindness (that anyone would do) touched my heart deeply.
When we talk about connecting, it’s just not that difficult. In this busy season be sure to take the time and really make that connection that makes someone’s life a little fuller (yours or theirs)!
I’m going to start with writing that sweet young mom to thank her for writing me a letter four months later!
It’s never to late to make a meaningful connection!
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