“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.” ~ Lewis Carroll
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Welcome to Week One of my Letter Writing Challenge. Over the next six weeks, every Monday, I am posting a theme and ideas, and asking you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post or otherwise deliver it to them.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your favourite pen or writing implement
- Writing paper, cards or postcards
- A small crystal or stone
- Between five and thirty minutes each week to sit down and write your letter.
Today’s letter is a warm-up. A few words or sentences that express our appreciation. Ready? Let’s go!
This Week’s Theme : The Simple Thank You
Start by holding your crystal or stone in your hands. Close your eyes, and build an energy of gratitude in your heart. Feel your heart swell with emotion. Pour that energy of gratitude into the crystal and then continue to sit in meditation for a minute or two longer. Think of your daily life, and a person in your life who somehow contributes to your day going well. It could be a teacher, the person who makes your morning coffee, the smiling lady at the sandwich shop, or the author of a great book you are reading. Trust that the person you think of first will be the right person for today’s activity.
Once you have been guided to a person, write them a short note.
You could use a note card, a postcard, or a piece of paper.
Write a few simple words or sentences to express your thanks to that person for the contribution they make to your life, and what that means to you. Then sign your name.
So many people live without recognition and acknowledgement of their efforts in helping others. This week our little challenge will go some way towards reversing that. We’ll be sharing a little spark of love and goodwill in the world, and that’s always a good thing.
If you don’t know the name of the person you want to thank, just write
Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for___________________ :) Sign your name xx
Here are some suggestions:
- Thank you for making such great coffee. It’s the best part of my morning.
- Thanks for being my friend.
- Thanks for being my sister/brother/father/mother.
- Thanks for making me laugh.
- Thanks for being there.
- Thank you for always having the best fruit selection.
- Your lunches are amazing. Thank you.
- I love your yoga classes. Thank you!
- Thank you for always giving such friendly service.
- Thanks for being so kind to my pet/child/partner.
- Thanks for helping me with.
- I really enjoyed __________________ Thank you!
You don’t need a long letter. Just a few words or sentences is fine. In fact, you could even carry an extra card in your bag or pocket this week, and pen a spontaneous note of thanks when the mood takes you.
When your note is finished, post it off. Or hand it over with a smile. Or leave it with a tip after your coffee or meal.
It is also perfectly acceptable to leave your note on someone’s desk, in their pocket or lunchbox or briefcase, or on their pillow (no – I am not endorsing crazy stalker behaviour here!)
Lots of love, Nicole xx
PS: If you want to share what you’ve done, pop over to our facebook page and say hi, and share away!