I began putting together my Christmas cards tonight. I love finding a card that reflects my mood and personality at the time. Initially this year, I was going to find a card with a city scene of NYC or of Brooklyn. I feel in love instead with a great wildlife card that benefits both the National Geographic and feels a little different than the card most people will send. I want my card to make someone smile and look good enough to go out on a shelf for a few weeks.
I made my list of the people who are getting the cards and then tried to locate addresses for some of them. In some ways, I wish I had the time and money to send the cards to all of my friends. I feel very fortunate to have so many wonderful people in my life. Since the proliferation of social media, one finds it easier to keep track of many more people. I'm saving for a wedding, so I had to keep the list to family and a few close friends. That hurts a little. I want all of the people in my life to know that I love them. It's actually not just a money thing. It's also finding the time to write them all out. I already hand wrote 500 holiday cards for work the week of Thanksgiving. Between hand cramps and my need to live life, I had to make the list small.
As I write each one, I think about writing a long message and sharing my life with that person. Fortunately, I get to talk to most of them and share that news over the phone or in person. I think about how I met with and connected with each person I wrote with whether it be 35 years ago or just this year. It is a further step in my personal grounding.
When I do write my Christmas cards, I am more and more thankful for all of the love I've shared in my life with such great people. I find that I also have reconnected to some people through this blog.
To each of the people who reads my little posts, know that I'm grateful for you, whether we know each other or not. Thanks for caring enough to read these posts and learn about my impressions of life in Brooklyn.