We are all wrestling with the changes COVID has imposed on our lives. We want to resist them, but can’t. We yearn to go back to our lives filled with friends, family, outings and adventures-and we can’t – at least right now.
What we can do is invent new ways to cause delight to ourselves and others.
Last year I attended a conference called Life is a Verb, founded by the author Patti Digh, that began long before the actual date when we all came together.
A sign-up list was sent for something called 25 Thingies.
The thingies could be anything you could create or gather and you needed to send 25 of them to the camp organizers.
These were distributed the day you arrived as a delightful beginning to the conference. They came in the form of quotes, cards, buttons, silly sayings that made us laugh, bookmarks, playlists – you name it. They were inexpensive and thoughtful.
This year, of course, there is no conference. But… the 25 Thingies live on!
A sign-up was posted (I missed it) and now various people who signed up are sending out their 25 Thingies.
I am enjoying seeing the postings of delight that those who signed up are experiencing receiving their Thingies.
I love getting things in the mail – especially surprises!
What if you chose 5, 10, or 25 people to send something delightful to?
It could be a quote, a button, a blessing, something funny – doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.
Make a list of the people to send them to. Buy stamps.
Then get yourself to the post office and mail them.
I’m guessing that one of the secrets to getting through this time brilliantly is in doing new things that cause delight to us and to those in whom we wish delight.
Try it on – get back to us with your stories. Tell us what worked, what didn’t, what you created – we would love to hear from you.