A little synchronicity inspired my acts of giving for the last two days.
First, I received a surprise phone call from a family member whom I had not spoken with in over a year. When I hung up, I remember thinking "Geez, that was nice of him to call!" It made me feel good inside and appreciated.
Second, I had two friends who lost some family members this last week. Both of them felt some regret that they had not spoken with them for a long time. They had great stories to share about how these family members had touched and shaped their lives. They both wished they would have called more often and stay connected on that heart level.
Third, as I was reading in bed one night, just about ready to close my eyes, I came across the following quote:
Do not keep the alabaster box of your friendship sealed up until your friends are dead.
Fill their lives with sweetness.
Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them,
and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier.
The kind of things you mean to say when they are gone, say before they go.
I read it a couple of times and sighed. That was surely enough "messages" to inspire me. So I have have written to several old friends over the last two days, trying to reconnect, but also making a conscious effort to say "The kind of things you mean to say when they are gone".
I have already heard back from some of them and it has been such a blessing. I feel like I am on a roll with this! :-)