The 44 Cent Holiday Gift

I don’t know about everyone else, but for me, this has been a tough, rough, year.

So many people I know have lost their jobs and home. People near me have had unexpected deaths in their families. And the news — well, let’s just say it’s hard to manage all the negative stuff that’s tossed at us.

So, I hope this little, simple idea might help you feel better.

Find a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper, and go somewhere quiet. The office storeroom. Your car (if you have one). The bathroom even.

Now, write down the name of someone you know who has suffered a hardship this year.

Then, simply tell that person that that they are in your thoughts today, and that you hope 2010 is a better year for everyone.

Then, mail them that simple, one sentence note.

It takes less than a minute. The stamp is only 44 cents. But to be remembered in tough times, and to know that someone else wants you to have a better future, that’s a priceless gift.

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