A few weeks ago one of my friends and I were chatting on Skype – like we do pretty much every day – and she said she felt like a bad friend.
I argued with her (LIKE A GOOD FRIEND), but she held her ground. She said she’d been thinking about how rarely she takes time to show her friends that she cares about them. So for the rest of the night, off and on, we brainstormed ideas for remedying the situation.
(Side note: “remedying”? Is that a word? I DON’T KNOW.)
Anyway, I suggested that she pick one day a week to do something nice for a friend. Just one thing for one friend one day a week. Easy enough, right?
But then I started thinking about how often I go out of my way to show my friends that I care about them. After all, I certainly don’t make it a point to reach out to a friend once a week. Maybe I’m not a good friend either!
I decided that I’m not a terrible friend, but while I make a point to get together with friends on a fairly regular basis, I don’t take time to connect with individual friends and tell them I love them. Girls night out? Done. Dropping a note in the mail to a friend who’s having a bad week? Well . . . notsomuch.
So what do I do about this? I can’t keep neglecting my friends. I love doing nice things, and I love my friends. I need to remedy this situation.
(YES. THAT is the right way to use that word.)
Enter Hallmark Cards.
Hallmark is hosting a Get Carded Challenge, a fun way for people to connect with seven loved ones in seven days – with a greeting card, of course.
This week – in between packing for a trip out of town and installing a thousand programs on my new laptop (woohoo!) – I’m sending cards to several friends to let them know I’m thinking of them, missing them, loving them and feeling thankful for their friendship.
Would you like to “Get Carded”? I’m giving away a 10-card pack of Hallmark greeting cards so you can tell your friends and family that you care about them, too. (You can also use the code BLOG30 at Hallmark.com for 30% off cards through the end of the year! Sweet!)
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me either who you’d like to send a card to or how you show your friends you care about them. The giveaway will end at midnight CST on Friday, March 22.