January 1 is almost here. Like others I am looking back yet dreaming ahead. Dreaming, hoping, planning. Many of my goals deal with improvement. And perhaps I will blog about them later.
For today I want to share a tug that is on my heart. I have over the holidays thought of many people. And many that I have lost touch with. Many that I still have involved in my life. Yet I know if tomorrow I could never reach out to them what would I wished I had said? Did I need to tell them "thank you"--for a favor or just for being there when I needed them? Maybe I need to reach out and let them know that I am here even we have drifted apart? Or maybe I just need to share? Maybe just the thought would be a spark that would encourage them on?
So my new "life goal" starting today-- because I know that January 1 is not magic--today I am going to write letters. It will probably take me years and maybe my life but the important thing is that one letter at a time I reach out.
I know that it is easy to call, text, or email...but a written letter is something that I can touch. And the recipient can touch, carry, review from time to time and keep.
Years ago...like over 20 :-) I was in Bible college. On Tuesday nights there was a dedicated missionary prayer service. At that time missionaries--many that were alumni--were mentioned. My junior year one night addresses were laid out and we were encouraged to take one--write them and get to know them. Let them know that even though they were miles from home that someone was remembering them. I took a name. A single woman working in the Philippines. The next day I wrote her. In fact I couldn't even wait for the response I wrote and sent a letter every day for the first two weeks! In a short time she responded. We kept in touch faithfully for months. Upon her return to the USA she came to the college and visited me. We kept in touch for a long time. She will be my first letter this time.
Do I think everyone will respond? No. But that is okay. Letters will be sent...my goal is not so much for the response as much as it is to make sure I reached out :-)
Who will I write? As people come to mind I will find addresses. Perhaps I will learn of strangers that would like a letter...I will write them :-)
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