Since this day is about love, it's the perfect time to write about a book I just finished reading. I love to read. However, once I complete a book, I often can't tell you what I read. I mean, I can tell you whether it was good or not, what the general plot was. You know, the gist of it.
But sometimes, I run across a book that just knocks my socks off for one reason or another.
Today, I finished a book like that. A book that moved me - knocked my socks off - with it's very simple message.
I read Napkin Notes by Garth Callaghan.
Garth and his wife, Lissa, have a daughter named Emma. When she was very young, Garth began writing notes on napkins and tucking them inside her lunch bag. When Emma was 12, Garth was diagnosed with kidney cancer for the first time. He became more frequent with the note writing. The notes were inspirational, motivational, quotations, phrases, personal, applicable to Emma's daily happenings or just life in general.
They were notes - on napkins.
But, they were more - so much more - than just notes.
They were seeds planted in the consciousness of a child.
Garth's mantra - Pack. Write. Connect.
The thing is, you don't have to be father and child for this simply awesome action to work. You can be husband and wife, employer and employee, co-workers, or just friends.
Everyone appreciates being thought of. Everyone enjoys being appreciated, being valued. A little note, whether written on a napkin or a Post-It note, lets someone know they are being thought of - that they are recognized and appreciated.
How easy this would be to do? What would it take - 5-10 seconds? Write a note - "You are awesome! Have a great day!" - and stick it on the mirror for your spouse, telephone on a co-worker's desk, in a book that your child is reading. What a huge warm fuzzy and day brightener that would be!!!!!!
Just imagine. We each have the ability to do this! Make someone's day brighter. Make someone feel better.
If you have the opportunity to read this awesome book, please do. Garth goes on to have four cancer diagnoses and write over 800 napkin notes for Emma. One for every day - one for every lunch - until she graduates high school. Over 800 napkin notes written ahead for Emma just in case he's not around to write them for her each morning.
Time is short and we never know what lies ahead. But making a difference can sometimes take less than a minute.
Happy Valentine's Day, to each of you! May you connect with someone that you love. Don't wait. Let them know!
Write a note!
* Check out The Napkin Notes Dad. Be sure to scroll down and watch the video on the home page.