My mom has never heard of Facebook; couldn’t even comprehend Snapchat and more often than not the phone goes to voice mail instead of her. So I write her a postcard — every day.
I am sure she enjoys the mail and tidbits of my life, but I think that I am the one to benefit most from the exercise. Since I already wrote about what I did yesterday and I can’t write about tomorrow (or what will I say then?!), the daily nature of the activity keeps me focused on the present. Writing the postcard gives me five minutes each day to reflect on what I did today and time to consider whether it made an impact.
Think about what you do daily that can give you cause to pause. A gratitude journal. A thank you note. A yoga position. A diary. Or a postcard — to your mom, a service member, a senior citizens home or just about anyone you want to make feel lucky.