Related: 40x40 List
Date completed: July 18, 2015 and ongoing
Emails, texts, e-cards, tweets, Facebook messages, Instagram comments, etc. are all ways I connect with people. It has been a long time since I stopped to write to family and friends. Even thank you cards have been sent using the RedStamp app on my phone. I've felt the need to get back to handwriting letters and cards to people. If nothing else, my regressing handwriting and spelling skills will benefit.
Writing to a stranger
My first handwritten note was to a complete stranger. My inspiration was a home on Lyndale Avenue which I have passed on foot, bus, and car many times. No matter the season or weather conditions, this house is a charmer and makes me smile every time. I sense that a lot of love goes into this home and I wanted to thank the person or people responsible for brightening many of my days.
Project Gratitude at work
I'm also hand writing cards to my colleagues at the University of Minnesota thanks to Project Gratitude. Project Gratitude was initiated by Brian Lucas, the director of my office. He was inspired by a similar practice at Tennis and Life Camps, where he and his family attend a family camp each summer. I'm able to pause and think about the many ways people contribute to my work, professional development, or make the office a nicer place to be day to day.
People who may enjoy a handwritten letter or card
I want to continue writing to people who make a difference in my life. Here's a list I started. Add your ideas to the comments!
The Nivens Family