Monday, October 19, 2015

500 Letters: What do you want me to say?

Sorry I haven't updated this in a few months. I've had a few changes in my life. Namely, I have a new job and I'm no longer living in Marshall. I would say that's the reason I haven't updated, but I think
the real reason is... I don't know what to say.

I've gotten into a rut with my letter writing. The letters have gotten shorter (I'm sending out more postcards now.) More and more letters have gone to a fewer number of people (not that I don't enjoy sending those people letters.) I fell behind, but only caught up after a postcard-writing blitz this week.

So, I needed to reflect on why I started this project.

1. The challenge. I've stayed on top of this. I'm on letter 397 and I should be around 400.

2. Stuff. I've been buying more cards and sending them. I really enjoy going into stationary stores now and shopping for cards. It's like a hobby.

3. Legacy? Oof. Too early to tell, but people have told me they like the letters.

4. Grandma. I like to think I'm doing what my grandma would have done.

5. Relationships. This is the crux of this whole endeavor.

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a college friend of mine about faith. She's working towards a master's degree in theology and needed someone to discuss their faith. I've tried to relish more opportunities to discuss what my faith means to me because it helps me understand my own values more. So, I happily volunteered to chat with her.

We spoke on the phone for about a half hour. We talked about a lot of things, but one question sticks out in my mind from the conversation.

She asked (I'm paraphrasing here), "What do you think your faith is calling you to do?"
I responded with, "Be present."

I like that idea of knowing and caring about what happens in other people's lives. I like "being there" for people.

So, to reaffirm my mission with this project. If you need a letter, a note, something to look forward to in the mail, just let me know.

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