Little Love Notes

This year has started out a little rough/frustrating/overwhelming.  I've come home from work most nights feeling exhausted and far too brain dead to attempt connecting with friends or family be it via texting, social media or phone calls.  When you're weary it's easy to get depressed, and when I do I tend to isolate.  Then I start feeling very all alone in the world, and I forget how many people care about me and are important to me.   

Another Saturday of putting in extra hours at the office playing catch-up left me in the above state of mind, and feeling very disconnected from everyone.  I thought about something that had happened that week.  One of my fellow bloggers said "I love you" in their comment on one of my posts.  It was unexpected and felt like a warm fuzzy on the cold, dreary day that it appeared.  I thought about how many people I truly care about, and then I asked myself... do they know that?  In many cases, probably not.

I made a list of all the people in my life that matter to me.  I started with family, and then began to add the friends I know personally and online.  I scrolled down my blogroll and the list of my Facebook friends and realized that the great majority of people shown there are people that I know on some level and that truly matter to me.  Yet beyond a quick comment or hitting the "like" button on photos, quotes and statuses, I really haven't shared much on a personal level, largely due to lack of time and energy... and the tendency to hold back to prevent becoming drained... or hurt.

I am a strong believer in the importance of telling people that you love them now - in the moment - since life can change in the blink of an eye, and there may never be an opportunity.  I've decided it's time to put that belief into practice.  While it's true that I don't have a lot of time or energy left at the end of the day, I have a little.  So from now on I am going to dedicate a few minutes each day to working my way down that list I made and sending out a few little love notes, by text or message or email, or maybe even a real snail mail now and then.  I'm going to check them off to make sure no one gets left out over time, and when I've shared a little love with everyone on the list, I'm going to do it all over again!

We live in a very busy world, I am always coming and going and mostly spinning my wheels. As part of my intent to slow things down internally a bit, I am going to begin to make time for the people in my life that make my life worthwhile.  Little love notes... that's something any of us can do, even if you can only manage one a day - that's one person you made smile and feel loved!
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  1. Oh very can change so quickly. Seize the moment and say what you need to say. I love your note idea...and you! You have such a good heart, Josie! <3

  2. Just as the leaf on a tree is such a small thing we still marvel at it. So it is with our lives the smallest things in our lives are the most precious. We can all name those things that please us most but seem so little in the big picture. It may be paw of one your kitties reaching out for you or the look in the eye of your Papa Bear. Such things are more precious to you than gold. So you already know the answer to life and that is love.

  3. A little love note can make a lot of difference. :-)

  4. Yes! Each day i try to do something special for someone, and sometimes i will write notes and mail them, people love that. You will not regret the few moments of time this will cost you, they will bring a big reward.

  5. I try to make sure I send out a birthday card to everyone on my list of people I know personally. But it's really hard to do that in the online environment, except to make a really positive comment on the blog post. So, my friend, here's to you for hosting the meme and for writing beautiful stories for us.

  6. I was trying to explain to a non-blogger how dear my bloggy friends are to me. It's hard to get across. I am grateful to have you in my life!

  7. I think this is a really great idea, Josie. I tend to isolate myself when I get tired too, not to mention crabby with the people I love the most. And we all know LOVE is where it's at and time is precious. I appreciated the time we chatted on Facebook messenger. Thanks for answering my questions. You are a kind and perceptive lady.


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