When I write about a 30 Day Challenge, most of you are probably thinking of protein shakes, 6 a.m. runs and kale. Nope, I already told you that I am not a hiker so feel free to breathe a sigh of relief. I will not be asking you to tell me how long you can hold a plank or how many zone minutes you got in this week! No, this is a 30 Day Challenge that my eight year old son came up with on his own.
A 30 Day Challenge
My mom sent Valentine’s Day cards to my son and daughter this year. They love getting mail. They can’t wait to rip it open and see what is inside. Both of them were so excited to read her card. They each displayed it proudly in their room. Then my son announced that he was going to do a 30 Day Card Challenge. He decided that he would send out a card every day for 30 days to make someone feel special.
When I was young, I read that Princess Diana wrote a personal thank you note to everyone who sent her a present. I have no idea if this is true but it has stuck with me my entire life. There is no way that I am busier than Princess Diana! The fact that she took the time to acknowledge every single person who sent her a gift and thoughtfully replied convicts me to this day. I think of her every time I sit down to write a thank you note. Now, I can confess that I am not always timely with my notes but they are written on paper and mailed by the U.S Postal Service!
Watching my son create a homemade card and tell the person what he loves about them moves me beyond words. He is encouraging people to be safe during this hard time (his words, not mine) and telling them that he can’t wait to see them again. Each card has a handwritten illustration that he creates specifically for them. He is energized and excited to brighten someone’s day every day.
I learn so much from my kids. They make me want to be better. They make me want to be on time with my thank you notes and send more cards that aren’t holiday, birthday, or thank you related. To send a note to someone to tell them that you love them and that you miss them is reason enough. These are reasons enough to start my son’s 30 Day Card Challenge!