When I started my 30×30 list, I thought this would be the easiest item on the list. Boy was I wrong. It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do – ever. Having said that, it was also one of the most freeing and peaceful things I’ve done. I am guilty of assuming. I assume my friends and family know I love them and that I’m grateful for them. I assume those who make a difference know that they do. I assume a lot. This process took me out of my head and brought me into action.
It wasn’t easy, it took all year, and it was worth every second.
And of course, I had a system. Here it is for those of you who may want to do it yourselves:
1. Make a list of 30 people. Friends, family, people who have impacted my life; basically the first 30 people who came to mind.
2. Find the perfect cards. Each card was specifically picked for the person it was written for. They ranged from quotes to pictures to outright crazy.
3.Write from the heart. Part of why this took so long was the gut reaction of “Oh my God, they are all gonna think I’m stupid”. Once I put that aside and just wrote, they flowed a lot better and were more genuine.
4. Let go. Let go of any resentment, anger, frustrations – basically all negative feelings.
5. Stamp them and mail them. No one really gets any fun snail mail anymore so it makes them more unique and special so forget delivery and stick them in the mailbox.