And, I think there’s a deeper message to it all.
First, the backstory...
Q: Why do you never see elephants hiding in trees?
A: Because they’re really good at it.
Em shared jokes, so they shared jokes.
Em share her brother, so every gift that was sent came in duplicate.
Em shared @TaylorSwift13 and it turns out that the US Postal service is filled with lots of undercover Swifties.
“I work alone in a small rural post office...”
“My kids all live far away...”
“Not a lot of people think about how hard we work...”
“I can’t tell you how much it means to read your letter...”
“I have a son in Kuwait and if you have a second to send him a letter he would love it.”
“I know you can’t write back to all of us, but maybe I can drop you a line from time to time?”
I’m sharing it because it is relatively easy, if we take the time, to give others the one thing they need to be well - human connection.
I have a friend that says we all just want to be seen, known and loved.
Em does this boldly.
We’re all in a moment of physical isolation that is amplifying a real epidemic of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
I’ve been feeling it personally since long before we locked our front door.
I heard from college students to senior executives who personally and professionally are stressed, worried and/or afraid.
For years I’ve travelled the country talking about relationships of influence, but I’ve used that travel as an excuse not to seek the support I know I need.
This pause gave me time to act.
And, sending texts via an app has been the small step I needed.
Moral of the story: it’s the small things that matter most, friends.
Make a call.
Practice self care.
Take a step of boldness.
For yourself or for others.
And, thank your mail carrier (from an appropriate distance.) They are working extremely hard to keep us all connected.
I’m feeling them, too.
And, I’m here if you need me.
Just tell them that you miss them, love them or just see them. And, then, let us know what happens. ❤️