Since September 2010, my friend, Henry, and I have been exchanging postcards on a weekly basis. No, we aren’t on the road traveling, only living life within commuting distance from our hometowns. Some weeks I receive just 1 postcard, and other weeks I might find 4-7 postcards in my mailbox. The quantity depends on the weather and how many miles Henry wants to walk to drop these little slivers of life news into the post office mail slot.
If the number of postcards stacked in our dresser drawers were counted, in truth, Henry would win our contest started nearly 7 years ago. Although Henry has been more faithful in writing, I still contend I have the neater penmanship. In this contest, however, we are both winners by investing in our friendship through this thoughtful ritual.
You might say, “That’s a lot of writing! What do you write about?” Some postcards are from our worldly travels, but mostly they reflect words of what we are thinking, observing, struggling with, and celebrating. It’s an opportunity for each of us in the peace of our day to stop, put pen to paper, and reflect on our lives, days, thoughts, and feelings. For me, it is an opportunity to randomly select a postcard from my inventory from past travels and reminisce. Many times, I find myself feeling grateful that I was able to travel to such a destination to buy that postcard.
Today, I received the above postcard sent by my friend of over 35 years. On the back, Henry wrote, “This is the PERFECT POSTCARD for your life! Or close to it! I don’t know if you take cream in your coffee, and we might swap the hammock, invented in the Amazon Rainforest, with a mission group, and the NYC Union Square Street grid for Bogota! But otherwise, good!” [Note: I used to take cream and sugar in my coffee, until I forced myself to drink it black to save calories.]
As I studied the postcard with all its items spread across the table, I did agree with Henry that this postcard reflected what I would want in my life and never tire. Give me a camera, iPhone (Bible App, Facebook, LinkedIn and call connection), my coffee, my itineraries, and the postcards that are the markers of my life lived. I ask you, “If you drew a postcard representing the life you dreamed of, what would be on it?” I would then ask whether this postcard looked much different than a postcard drawn of your current life. How big is the gap? As a coach, I encourage you to create a postcard of your dream! Make multiple copies of it! Frame it! Tape it to your mirror and frig! Talk about it! And don’t forget to act on it!
About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach, consultant, and mentor with an extensive background in business development, leadership, and ministry which provides her with the experience, relational skills, and proven processes to move individuals, couples, and leaders to higher levels of personal awareness, effectiveness, and goal achievement. She coaches in a variety of areas including life purpose and plans, business, finances, and premarital/marriage. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281.793.3741.