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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

The postal statistics are in – tens of thousands LESS actual seasonal greetings are being sent through the postal system this year.  Speculation abounds – more electronic greetings, overloaded schedules leading to the choice for no greetings at all, simplifying the “list”…what ever the reason…I have an idea for you which I am modeling below.

The sweetness of acknowledgment is especially easy in our electronic age.  Particularly for folks whose phones boast a camera and the capacity to send photos almost instantly.

If you are inclined, like many, to experience pangs of guilt when you receive a card from someone that you did not reciprocally send…try this!

Set aside guilt and experience the sweetness of acknowledgment.  Place the card in a place, as I did, with a mirror and space for the greeting.  Click – snap a  photo.  And send it along electronically saying something like, “You brought a smile to my face today when I received your greeting.  Thank you so much for thinking of me.”  Then hit send.  In fact, if you want to copy those words right out of this post – please do!  A gulit-free response to a cultural conundrum.   It only takes a few moments and will go a long way to spread and return some  joy in a busy holiday.

There are so many opportunities for you to turn that groan of “oh-no!” and sense of under performance into a daily joy in this season.  This is one of them.  Try it and let me know how it feels. 
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