January 19, 2012

Words of Encouragement

Six years ago, I sat down for coffee with my sweet friend, Heather. I remember looking at her wide eyed as she told me, "you have a gift. Your words are a gift to this world." I kind of laughed at her because I would never say I'm good with words. In fact, I often find myself stumbling to get out exactly what I want to say on a daily basis. But at barely 20 years of age, I knew that she was right. There is nothing more that I love that sitting down and hand writing cards with words of encouragement.



In 2009 and 2010, I made goals for myself instead of New Year's resolutions. Both years I made the goal to bless as many people as I possibly could with my gift, and I did just that. In 2009, I wrote a letter and made a baked good and delivered it them on Sundays to all those who had been a blessing to me. And In 2010, I wrote as many cards as I could, as often as I could. I learned to count my blessings through each letter I wrote, and gratitude flowed and ebbed out of my heart as a result.

However, I feel like I let go of my gift in 2011. I stopped writing cards and making baked goods, and I noticed that I felt less grateful over time. In essences, I felt like I was losing a part of myself and who God had made me to be. I stopped writing because I was in the amidst of changing jobs, of launching a business, and of shifting my life in an entirely different direction. However, in all that shift, I feel like I left a part of myself behind, and I made excuses as to why that was okay along the way. This past November, a friend suggested that I pray that my heart be open to opportunities where I could use my gifts to bless someone else. So in December, I decided that I wanted to pursue those opportunities with giving, and giving until it hurt. I blessed 25 strangers with cards, mittens, hugs, gift cards, clothes, and love. It served to remind me of my gift, and how I'm called to use it.

We are all hurting, we are all struggling, and fighting battles. No one ever promised that it would be an easy journey through life. Someone once told me, "you never know when your words will be exactly what they need to hear in order to get back up again." Therefore, I try to say as many kind things as often as I can, to as many people as I can. So I decided that this year I'm getting back on track. Yesterday, I had a change of pace, went to the library, and wrote 42 thank you notes. I wrote until I couldn't write anymore, and I walked away remembered how blessed I truly am.


xoxo,
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11 comments:

  1. amazing. love this and I love the friendship I see that will grow between us. You are an amazing person!

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  2. You are seriously one of the kindest people I know, Caroline! Really, more of us need to be like you. I think what you did in December was amazing! Happy weekend, friend. xoxo

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  3. Beautiful post!

    Following you from TAG!

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  4. Beautiful Story, thank you for sharing!

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  5. CUTE thank you cards! I love the pink design! :)

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  6. This is so sweet, and completely true! I actually have a post scheduled tomorrow about what it means to get "stamped encouragement" in the mail. Along with $20 Dayspring gift card giveaway, so you'll have to swing by and check it out. Excited about being your Valentine Swap partner! Your blog is really cute!

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  7. Love your blog Carrie. Visiting from TAG

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  8. wow. amazing words, funny, I think it's what I needed to hear right now. So often we think of our own dreams and goal we want and forget to think about other. You are amazing!!!

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  9. love this, carrie. xo praying for you!

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