Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.
I’m not an elephant; I forget. Take birthdays of loved ones, for example.
It’s not that I don’t want to remember birthdays, I do. Birthday reminders are on my calendar and I’m not too busy. It’s just that …
Fill in the excuses. Some reasonable. Some not.
After years of trial and error and feeling a fool (I mean, really, how hard can sending birthday cards be?) I found a system that works for me.
1. The first week of January when all the holiday partying is complete and there is hope in the New Year, make a list of birthdays to be remembered during the year. Gather any missing information.
2. Place names on individual post-its.
4. Shop for birthday cards. Super nice cards can be purchased for reasonable prices at a variety of stores: Dollar Store, Costco, Michaels, and Amazon.
5. Once a card has been chosen for each person, place the post-it with their name on it.
6. Address envelopes. Write the birthday date small in upper right hand corner of envelope. Place stamp over date right before mailing.
7. Purchase stamps. Better yet, have someone else purchase the stamps.
8. Stack cards and their envelopes in order of date, dividing by month/s according to the expanding pocket file. Mine has 5 pockets. In the front pocket I keep the master birthday list and stamps. The next four pockets hold three months each.
9. During the first week of the month, bring out the birthday cards for that month.
10. Personalize each card and mail.
Ta da! Grateful for small victories.
What small victories have you experienced? Please feel free to brag in the comments section.
Gray Stripe Earned: There is good reason to hope for solutions to all of life’s little tenacious failures.