A friend of mine back home is going through a really tough time right now.
And as I live abroad, I haven't been able to do much to support her.
(Of course, I’ve let her know she can call or text any time, and I send frequent texts of support.)
But I can’t babysit for her, cook meals, or just give her a hug and sit by her.
So I was feeling very powerless; like I wasn’t being there for my friend.
(But being there without making things harder, or giving her extra work, you know?)
A perfectly-timed chat...
Then I met up with a friend, who happened to mentioned that when her mum was ill, a long-distance friend sent her a card every week and it really helped.
And I thought: now that I can do! I can mail her a card every week, so she has something cheery to open amongst the bills and dull correspondence.
So every week, I write my friend a little note.
I share that I’m thinking of her, give her a quick update on my life, and send her a TON of love.
So here's the thing... (drumroll, please :)
There’s always something.
There’s always something we can do.
Whether it’s working on your project, making up with a friend, or tackling that huge task you’ve been putting off...
There’s always something you can do to help.
It might not be a huge gesture, and it might not solve everything... but it’s better than nothing.
I would love to fly back to the UK and be with my friend, however she needs me. But that’s not possible right now.
So instead, I’ll do what is possible... (a tiny gesture is often appreciated more than we know).
And taking a tiny step towards your goal helps more than you think:
There’s always something you can try.
And it might be something small. That's okay.
See if you can find what that something is.
And if you’re inspired by this post, why not send a hand-written card to someone in your life who needs it?
With love and gratitude,