Do you ever have those moments during the day when you have a fond memory of a friend you haven’t seen or heard from in awhile? Have you ever heard of some terrible news about someone and thought, I was just thinking of them the other day? There are several instances throughout our days when people cross our minds for one reason or the other. Well, here I’m asking you to accept the call to action and let them know.
When I first started doing this, whether by phone call or through text, I felt odd. I didn’t want to bother anyone’s day or I thought they would think I was weird just randomly saying hi on a Tuesday at 10 am. Then I thought of myself. How would I react if I received a casual hello from someone I hadn’t heard from in a long time. I would be happy of the other person’s thoughts of me. Would I think that person was strange? No, I would consider them kind. So, I took the leap! I assume it makes my friends and family on the receiving end feel joy, but it makes my day better too. I just love talking with people and as a stay at homer, I don’t always have the chance. Since I’ve started this, I’ve had Facebook conversations, texting conversations, phone calls, and even was so bold to ask people to come over to enjoy a face to face companionship. I’m a serious introvert trying to convert slightly to the dark (extrovert) side. It isn’t easy for me to do this, but the reward is amazing.
What about Facebook? How many “friends” do you have inside Faceworld? I have created a rule for myself here to be sure I’m only accepting and requesting friends that I could strike up a conversation with if I were to see them in person. Sometimes it feels odd to comment on other’s posts, like I’m somehow invading their privacy, but then I remember my rule. If I don’t feel comfortable enough saying something online, then how can I even consider myself a friend? Why would someone share their life stories with me but not want me to comment with my happiness for them? I love it when someone new comments on my page. I like feeling like I’ve built a relationship that would be harder to do in person because our lives rarely or never cross paths. I have developed a good handful of relationships I’d never have without Facebook.
The point of this post is to encourage you to bring sunshine and happiness to others by just saying….
“What have you been up to lately?”
“Remember that time when…”
“I was just thinking about you, and thought I should say hello.”
You can come up with your own style, but do it. Don’t just think, hey that’s a good idea. Do it! Do it right now! It takes very little brain power, hardly any time, and the rewards are long lasting for both of you.
***If you really want to make someone’s day, send them a card or a letter. That old school stuff is legit.