The thank you project.
The silly cards I started making years ago that have images I like that I took have found another niche. As i sit struggling to learn a new language and be isolated in the cool winter weather - i thought about the ordinary people in my life, the have touched me in an extraordinary way.
why not thank them for something they probably are unaware of the impact they have had on my life.
It gets complicated in our world where we are asked to treat everyone the same, yet, as humans we learn to have some odd pecking order of sort. When you drop that order, those around you look at you as if you are odd or strange.
What I have noticed is our developed world is slowly creeping away from intimacy, or if it does have intimacy – it has cliques. I myself am just as guilty as everyone else with the first part. For the second, I never was one to join a club or do something because everyone else was. So while I never was a great speaker, but instead, I could make a card or picture as a way of saying “this is a little gift from me.”
Perhaps it is my little nephews who come over during playtime and just want to draw and make pictures. I am looking at a most unusual super u-boat image that if it could actually work, would have defense departments of the world clamoring for the technology that a kid invented with his imagination, pencil and a paper.
While not a new idea, I think it is time to pull the trigger and buy some stamps. I am not sure if it is more to thank those that have helped, or a way to pick me up from the duldrums of wintertime blues and seeming to be isolated by language and distance to that which is familiar?
Friends, acquaintances, seemingly stranger, even enemies. Have you ever thought about the people that have shaped your life beyond your close friends and family? I have thought about the group of people that have somehow touched my life in ways that were positive and meaningful – even though at the time – I might not have understood the reasons.
The thank you project, will simply be me writing a few of the cards I love to make and sending them along to people that probably will not even remember? Some might not want to remember? Or others probably never had any idea of the contribution to my life, learning, or impact to making me try.
When I got to the real list, it got smaller than I thought, sadly, many have passed away without me ever getting to say thank. Others, I will do my best to track down.
The reason, simply to let someone know they have impacted my life, hope and wish they are well – and voila…hopefully they smile
The question is, do I send them anonymously? Or with a name? i like the no-name.
No return address is ever given when i send my personal cards by myself. I am not sure why?…. but I simply send them. It is a person’s choice to read them, smile, or just take it and put it in the circular file we use with our busy lives.