A few months ago, on a whim, I sent five or ten random notes to friends on Facebook. A person I hadn't seen in forever, some family I love dearly, and a couple of people I barely know but who have impressed me with the way they represent themselves on Facebook.
The response was wonderful without exception. Everyone seemed to love their note and all of them thanked me for it. It was a very bright spot in my year and I hope it at least made their days a little better. It put me in a good mood for several days and it took me all of 10 minutes to do.
That lesson stuck with me. I've been doing it every so often since, not just with Facebook but via email and phone at work and just randomly around the house. Little notes of encouragement, "you're awesome" messages, "atta boy" texts, surprise "I love you" notes (where appropriate), and of course the occasional "hang in there" for those facing challenges.
The power of this simple thing is incredible. I wouldn't have believed it, and you may not either, but try it and see for yourself. You'll be amazed at how touched people are - and while life is not all about touching people (that's what the judge said), a touch here and there goes a LONG way toward building stronger relationships.
It's ironic and sad that as we get more and more connected, we are all somehow less connected. This is a way to reconnect.
Pass it on.