In these sophisticated days of electronic wizardry, it’s hard to imagine/remember life before the advent of satellite technology: no internet, emails, mobile phones, FaceTime or Skype.
Recently I was discussing with a friend how I kept in touch with my mother, when I moved away from home in the early seventies. In those days I didn’t even have a landline. To hear her voice I had to walk half a mile to the nearest public telephone ~ which devoured coins at an alarming rate during the daytime. Calls were cheaper in the evening ~ but by then my pre~schooler and baby were tucked up in bed, their sailor father often at sea or on duty.
Mum and I stayed in contact by exchanging regular letters ~ which she expected to be ‘newsy and interesting’. I loved receiving hers ~ scanning them quickly as soon as they arrived, re~reading them later when the children were asleep, and again whenever I felt in need of a hug. And, as I went about my day, I’d make a mental list of things to tell her when I replied. Looking back I can appreciate how these tangible expressions of love nurtured our connection, even though we only met up twice a year.
A few days ago , on her blog Streams of Consciousness, author Brenda Marroy invited her readers to take part in her ‘Heart Medicine’ project. Here’s how she explains it:
In September, 2013, I developed a project I called Heart Medicine. I bought thirty all-purpose, inexpensive greeting cards and every morning during the month I addressed a card to someone I was thinking about. Each of the thirty cards went to a different person and each card had a hand-written personal note from me.
The purpose of the note was to let the person know how special he/she was. If I wasn’t thinking of anyone in particular, I would sit quietly, take a couple of deep breaths, and ask Spirit to please let me know who needed to be remembered.
The results from doing this project were:
I received many cards, phone calls, emails, and messages on Facebook from the recipients of the cards. The messages were all pretty much the same. They were, “Thank you for thinking of me. You made my day.” “I needed to hear what you had to say about me.” ” I did not know I was that special to anyone.”
People’s hearts gladdened by receiving a personal hand-written note. In this age of texting, emails, and all the other impersonal ways we use to communicate, a hand-written note is appreciated.
I felt joy knowing the project helped to gladden people’s’ heart. It truly was medicine for the heart
Upon receiving my impromptu card, many went out and bought a card and sent it to someone they were thinking about.
I am going to repeat this project in 2015 along with the “You Matter Because” project. If you have not yet seen this campaign please check out you matter on internet. It is a worthwhile project and I can only imagine what could happen if we all got involved in sending out these cards. (The “you matter because” cards can be printed for free. )
I am putting out a challenge to my readers to pick one or both of the above projects for 2015. See what happens when you begin to send out heartfelt personal messages to people who are not expecting them. If you need more information on the Heart Medicine project, feel free to contact me.
Remembering my excitement when an envelope bearing that familiar handwriting arrived, I’ve decided to take up Brenda’s challenge in the New Year. I already have a bunch of pretty notecards ~ I knew I was buying them for a good reason, not just because they were ‘two for one’!
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