The Power of a Card

Greeting-Cards-Paper-DreamsWith all the mail the U.S. Postal Service delivers, all the documents, papers, cards, catalogs, periodicals, and junk, there is one piece of mail I never mind receiving, and that’s a card.

A card of greeting, a Birthday card, Valentine card, or just a generic note card with a few hastily scrawled words on it.  It can be of  any size or shape.  Some are small, some are large, some are very fancy with many bright colors and charming words, and others are relatively plain and simple, a bit on the frugal side of decoration.  But what they all have in common is the ability to bring joy to the receiver.

Several years ago, I was in the hospital for a few weeks.  It got really depressing after only a few days of being sick with no immediate hopes of going home.  But then it started; the arrival of the cards.  Each day, a nurse or aide would bring me a card, or two, that had arrived in the hospital mail with my name on it.  It was the highlight of my day!  Reading the words someone had chosen to send me to show they were thinking of me, and that they cared, really made me feel special for a moment.  I would handle them gently, read them slowly from front to back, and even make note of who the publisher was if I really liked the card.  I especially loved when someone took the time to write a few words themselves before they signed it.  That personal touch always had the power to make me smile.

Our church will often send cards to wish someone a quick get well, or “I’m thinking of you”, or “I said a prayer for you today.”  It doesn’t take long to send a card, but the lasting effects of the card can change someone’s day in the blink of an eye.  For maybe only a few moments, they will forget about their troubles and relish in the warm feeling of being remembered by someone.

Cards are not only beneficial to the sick, homebound, and elderly.  Folks of all ages enjoy being the recipient of them!  Even children love receiving a card in the mail!

There is also a bit of adventure in shopping for just the right card for someone.  Just the right picture on the front, and the right words inside, to make it the perfect card just for that person.  The thrill of the hunt!

Sending a card can be a wonderful way of offering encouragement, congratulations, hellos, goodbyes, and well wishes.  The joy they give offers tremendous benefits not only to the recipient, but also to the sender.  When you think of someone you haven’t seen in a while, send them a card.  Let them know they were thought of, and I can guarantee you much of the happiness will be yours.