Written Notes

Sincere, handwritten, personal notes can be one of the most cherished things we receive. People keep them as mementos for years. Make a difference in someone's life today and write one for someone that doesn't expect one.

We all want to be appreciated. Seniors, you’re preparing to head out into the world to make it on you own. Most of us can’t do that…going it alone is tough. We all get support from friends, family and, sometimes, complete strangers. In the past year or so, I have really learned a valuable lesson that has been known for centuries, but that I was too thick headed to get. Support needs to be recognized. One of the best ways I have found to provide that is from writing personal little notes. They don’t have to be long or flowery (something I always thought) or have fancy paper. They just need to be sincere.

I don’t know many people in the “grown up world” that write notes to others very often. I’m sure they are out there, but I don’t know them. In our connected world of Twitter, Facebook, and email we can easily get disconnected from the people we physically interact with.

So, I’d like to challenge everyone reading this to take the time today and hand write a short note to someone that has supported you. You get extra points if it is someone that would never expect it (like a parent for just being there all the time) …double extra points if it is someone you just met.

Tip: Got messy handwriting like me: I find just slowing down helps.