It’s the tenth edition of Cassie’s Challenges and this week the challenge has been set to write a letter to a loved one! Go ahead, make someone’s day!
Guys, I hate to break it to you but I failed last week’s exercise every day challenge! I’m sad to say I only made it 6 out of 7 days. But I’m not giving myself a consolation prize. I used every excuse in the book not to exercise the one day I missed and none of my excuses were because I was physically incapable of it! I just couldn’t be bothered! There, I said it. Laziness wins sometimes.
What I’d take from the week is that I did enjoy having a stretch goal and it did push me on other days when I wasn’t feeling it but actually still got up and moved. But in future, I’d focus more on 5-6 days instead of the whole week. I’ve now learned that I must factor in a rest day somewhere in there!
So, this week’s challenge is what I’m going to call a happiness challenge. Good for the mind. Good for the heart. Good for the soul.
Week 10 – Write a letter
When was the last time you wrote a letter? Nope, not an email or a text. The last time you put pen to paper and wrote a letter? If it’s been awhile, you aren’t alone! In fact, it’s becoming a bit of a lost art form these days!
Well, this week I’m challenging myself and EVERYONE else who reads this to write a letter to someone you love! Because unlike my other challenges, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from completing this challenge. NOTHING! So, no excuses! You are all signed up for this challenge now *cue evil laugh*.
This week’s challenge came to me as I was reflecting on a rather significant moment in my life. This time last year I lost my beloved Pop to cancer. I was always close to my Pop and I miss him dearly. I remember for years I had thought to myself that I wanted to write Pop a letter. Just put some thoughts down to let him know how much I loved him. But it always seemed to be put in the later basket. And later unfortunately never came. Now I know my Pop knew how much I loved him and how special he was to me, so I don’t regret not writing the letter for those purposes. I just wish I had told him a few things that always stuck with me. Memories we shared. Parts of my personality that are so him it’s not funny. The little things we forget to say when we go through the motions of our busy lives.
So, for the first anniversary of his passing, I’m going to write him that letter. And while I’m at it, I’m going to pen a few other overdue letters too. You see, his death taught me that we should always take the opportunities we get to tell the people we love how we feel. And it’s not about just saying “I love you”. I’m talking about taking a moment to tell someone WHY you love them. Share a memory. Or the words that come to mind when you think of them. You could even tell them how you would describe them to another person.
We all know how good it feels when we know we are loved and appreciated by someone close to us. A hand-written note that you’ve put thought and effort into might just make someone’s day. Ok, it will definitely make their day!
You can write anyone a letter. Your spouse. Your mum. Your friend. The lady who works at the grocery store who always gives you exceptional service with a smile. And it can be as short or as long as you want. But just write it, and make sure you deliver it.
I’d love to hear from you once you’ve completed this challenge. How did you feel completing it? What response did you get? Would you do it again? Be sure to stop back and drop me a comment! And I of course will share my thoughts as always in next week’s challenge!
And if this is your first challenge and you want to know what all this Cassie’s Challenges business is all about, I’ve popped the last few weeks challenges below!