I heard some sad news today about the sudden deaths of two people, one only 25 years old. Although I knew them both only distantly, I know their families and feel so very sad for them all.
It reminded me how fragile life is and how important it is to let the people you care about know how much they mean to you.
So that’s what I tried to do today and will continue to try my best to do that.
And when I saw the following story on the helpothers.org website, it inspired me to sit down and write a letter to a friend who I’ve been out of touch with for a while. Hope it does the same for you:
A Box of Smiles With A Letter
— by MakeSomeoneSmile
A few months ago I posted a story about a woman struggling with alcoholism who reached out to me. I sent her a care package of encouraging words and some treats to help her out, along with a special letter I wrote to her.
It has been almost three months and she is still doing great. She sends me updates and I send her encouraging notes. But, as I have said before, you never know how much something you say or do means to someone else. What happened next reminds me of how true that is.
She read a story that another woman posted about being an alcoholic and how she needed to stop drinking, if only for her children. I read it too but she was quick to act. She e-mailed me and asked if I would put a “box of smiles” together for this woman and send it to her. You see, she wanted very much to pay it forward, bless her heart.
I was honored by her request and said that I would but asked her to write the card. She agreed and sent it to me. I received it last night. Along with it was a poem she wrote for me and a letter that touched my heart more than I could have ever imagined.
Something I did that I thought was no big deal has meant the world to this woman and changed her life. She told me she keeps the card I wrote with her at all times so that if she feels weak, she reads it and makes it through.
Now she is paying it forward, touching even more lives. You never know how much something you say or do can mean to someone else.
Please seize the opportunity to be kind anytime you can. I have had the pleasure of being reminded of that in some very wonderful ways how much it matters. Everything matters.
P.S. Here’s a special song for today. Enjoy!