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Sending Mail by Natalie ParkerMy resolution in 2013 was to always send a card.

How did I do?

I sent a lot of cards.  I sent cards where I would have normally sent them.  I sent cards I normally would have thought twice on.

Birthdays for friends I’ve lost touch with, valentines for girlfriends, cards for coworkers who got promotions, thank yous after friends hosted us for dinner, bon voyage cards to people taking big trips, sympathy cards for relatives and pets lost, congratulations cards for new pregnancies, congrats for degrees earned, thank yous to professors, and cards to tell people to hang in there during difficult times.

I like how sending a card made me stop for a moment and think about important moments in others’ lives.  It takes so little effort in the grand scheme of life to send a card and it has the potential to mean a lot to the person that gets it.

I have to say, I got a lot more practice writing sympathy cards than I would have liked.  Sympathy cards are tricky and I think sometimes people opt not to send them because they aren’t sure what to say.  I learned that what I say isn’t as important as what it means to the person to get the card.  Any difficulty I have finding the right words pales in comparison to what that person is going through.  Always send a card.

I’m going to keep with this as long as I can!  Let’s keep the postal service in business, shall we?  Onward to 2014!

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