After much thought, I made a decision to "do" something for Lent instead of to "give something up."
I'm writing a letter every day for 40 days to people that have been on my heart that I've wanted to say, "thank you" to for being a part of my life.
I'm five days into the lenten season and it's been a really beautiful process. As I sit down to write, I've enjoyed thinking about the person, their influence on my life and my hopes/prayers for them as they embark upon this new year. And, more than anything, I love folding the paper, placing it in the envelope, licking the stamp, and pushing up the red flag on my mail box. I love the feel of paper correspondence.
And as I've been writing, I've been so mindful that this life we live is not in isolation. We can't do what we do alone. And all too often, at least in my own life, busyness consumes me and I forget to personally thank those friends, family members, and acquaintances who support me.
My hope is that I will continue to write, continue to carve out the time to say thank you. I love you. I want the best for you and I'm so grateful that you're in my life.