A Holiday Card for a Hero – Sending mail to the troops…
This year I made a list of 50 things to do…to think more of others…to create more…to live more…to create momentum. Momentum. A life in motion, stays in motion. As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to do it, so I bumped something else off to add this to my list. It was THAT important and moved me that much when I saw it. I have never in my whole life done this. Until this year. These young men and women are someone’s children. My “mothering” heartstrings are strong when it comes to someone’s child…even if they are grown. I ask myself what would I want someone to do for my child. Then I melt. I want to move mountains.
Next year, I hope to be a little more prepared. I didn’t have any Christmas cards. I didn’t have time to paint, all though, how cool would that have been? Not that I can paint, but it would have been more of an art journal card. But I didn’t have time, since it was such a last minute project. And then I burned the palm of my hand on the burner of a stove. So I printed out a simple card on cardstock and included a Christmas Bible verse on the inside along with a note written on the card. Next year, I will do better. Oh, who am I kidding. I am continually sliding sideways into home plate at the last minute. But the main thing is, I make it.
My new motto is that things do not need to be perfect. It is OK for things to be less than perfect. It really is the thought that counts. And the fact that you take action and do something, that is what is important. A few simple things done for someone will always beat a big plan that never happens. And who does not like to get handwritten mail?
Life is about giving and loving. One thing I have learned over the years is that it is practically impossible to give more than you receive. And we never know what even the smallest gesture of kindness will mean to someone. Sending a holiday card to a hero is a simple act of kindness for someone who cannot be home for Christmas. So simple, but who does not like to get mail?
Here are the guidelines and simple instructions for a couple of places that will get mail to a soldier:
*Be sure to check their deadlines. If you missed it this year, there is always next year. You can even do it now and set it aside for next year. And next year, you will be right on time.
What other acts of kindness can we do for others this holiday season? Maybe a shoe box for a child, volunteer at a nursing home, adopt a classroom, Angel Tree, or volunteer at a soup kitchen. The ideas are endless. What are some other acts of kindness that we can do?
Creating a beautiful life,