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I was with a group of friends last night and we were celebrating a birthday.  The birthday girl gathered the cards in front of her and read them to all of us.  Over drinks, we laughed and teared up from all the different sentiments.  Each card had the giver's individual stamp, like a signature.  It was such a special time, that I began thinking of the concept of the card.

I think of times of hardship and loss, milestones and accomplishments and how much a card or letter can make a difference.  When I think of losses or painful times in my life, I think how much those cards meant as they rolled in.  When I think about it, a card, note or letter is really a simple acknowledgement.  A wedding, a death, a graduation, a painful time.  When we have someone take the time to reach out and recognize what we are experiencing, we feel lifted, stronger, more connected with others.

Taking the time to reach out to others is a simple and inexpensive way to lift each other up.  It is good for our relationships and our community and ourselves.  But sometimes these simple acts that benefit each of us don't seem to get done.  You know what I mean.  The things we mean to send off but never really get to it.

  

What are the barriers we have to reaching out this way?

Not enough

Sometimes we think a card or note is not enough, so we make plans for more dramatic (and time consuming) things to do.  The problem?  Some of those just can't get done.

Train Wreck

Are you a train wreck?  As a sometimes train wreck, I reserve the right to use this term.  Is your life in such a state of chaos that sending a card seems too overwhelming?

Systems Failure

No cards, no stamps, and where are the addresses?
Take a minute to think about your particular barriers.  Know them.  The problem with not reaching out with a card is that we often don't let it go in our head.  Its not that we say, "I never sent the card off for my niece's graduation.  That's cool."  It more likely goes something like this.  "I need to send that card off.  I can't believe its been 3 weeks.  What is wrong with me?!"

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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 12, 2009
    • Well I keep on hand stamps, calendar of events and a box of cards that I refill periodically. Having the cards on hand makes it so much easier. Most of the time I have the appropriate card.
      I started a card box for each of my daughters too



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      Denise Richardson wrote Mar 12, 2009
    • I’m with you Vikki, and beside I have a creat-a-card program as well and I love the idea of bring a little sunshine to another person’s day its just a part of who I am.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 12, 2009
    • BTW gals, do you have a computer data base program to input names, addresses, and birthday, etc?  I used to use ACT and for some unknown reason, I lost touch with that program.



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      Suzyjoh wrote Mar 12, 2009
    • I love the idea of sending a physical card, not a virtual card on the computer. It just makes more of an emotional, caring statement. Thankyou for giving us girls a heads up!



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      Kim Jenkins wrote Mar 12, 2009
    • I am a huge giver of cards. I personally LOVE getting good old fashioned mail in my snail mail box that isn’t a bill so I believe everyone else does too. I subscribe to a card-sending program that helps me send cards the second I think of someone....and I’ve learned to follow those nudges because they mean something. I used to be a distributor, but eventually just kept the program because I love it and it’s easy, but don’t want to sell it myself. You can even submit your handwriting to the company and they create a handwriting font for you. Let me know if you‘re interested. I’ll put you in touch with an associate of mine who still does the distributorship. :)

      Everyone loves a nice card. Keep sending them!!



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      Mindy Wilson wrote Oct 31, 2009
    • I’m glad to see people into the act of card giving. I have often wondered if people just text or send an email anymore. I don’t have a cell phone, I don’t text. But, I have been guilty of sending emails when I had wished I’d sent a card. Because it’s so personal and I love stationery and paper products as much as I love sending off a short note of ‘I’m thinking of you‘! All part of the reason I make cards too! Great topic!



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