For those who know me, you are probably cracking up because you know I require organization to keep me focused and moving forward in life. I don't handle disorganization or flightiness very well. The ironic part is I've noticed the more I use the "writing" side of my brain, the more relaxed and flighty I find myself. I used to have a healthy balance between my creative side and my organized, first-born, and controlled side. The more I write, the more my right-brain dominates.
As a child I watched my Mom, Gram, great-aunts, and aunts dedicate time to send cards and share baked good with those needing a pick-me-up.
Births, deaths, wedding anniversaries, and celebrations were recorded on “the” calendar. At the close of each year, they were transferred to following year’s calendar so no one would be forgotten.
A name written meant there was a reason to pray and encourage someone on that date. In addition to prayer, tangible remembrance and celebration blessed them too on occasion.
A tradition I pray to pass on to my daughter, grandchildren, and hopefully
These are: birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Anniversaries of Death, and miscellaneous dates someone might need a little encouragement.
Keep this resource with your address book, near the telephone, or in your purse. You never know when there will be cause to add a new life event and opportunity to bless and encourage someone else.
Add family, friends, and others you send cards and/or gifts to throughout the year
During the year pay attention to the lives of those around you.
When situations arise -- such as a loss, a goal reached, “a difficult time of year”, or whatever it might be…add their name and event to the appropriate month
This is the important part ~ say a prayer, send a note or card, call, text, email, or message this person, or family to let them know you are thinking of them.
A little encouragement from you will remind them they are loved, appreciated, and cared for OR might be the difference: between despair or hope OR dwelling in the pain of the past or moving forward in faith. Which do you choose?