Almost four years ago, I received an email from a young woman in Pennsylvania who apologized for being so bold by asking if I would consider being her pen pal. She said she would love to “sit at my side” and learn from my years of experience in marriage, family, parenting, spirituality, friendships, etc. She had been following us in our 48 Days community for quite some time and felt nudged to ask me to mentor her through hand-written letters via snail mail. She had no idea how I would respond but she took the leap and asked. And she had no idea how delighted I was to receive her letter. I love to write. I love to write in longhand. To hold a favorite pen in hand and painstakingly write the old-fashioned way. To me it is a form of art and one I hate to see fading into the distant past. Claudia felt the same. She, like me, is an artist. She is so creative it boggles me. I don’t know how she manages to do all she does while gently guiding two young toddlers in her everyday life, juggling a fledgling home-based business with her sweet husband and having an active social life.
So for four years Claudia and I have been writing epistles back and forth at least once a month. Our letters are usually 8-10 pages long. Full of questions asked and questions answered. Thoughts, comments and observations…and sometimes a few drawings to illustrate a point or simply just to decorate.
I am honored Claudia asked me to be her pen-pal. I am thrilled she felt I could teach her something valuable from my years of experience. You see, that’s how I learned. I knew I didn’t want to emulate past experiences from my home life growing up. So I actively and intentionally sought out other people to teach me how to create a Haven of Peace…a loving home and loving relationships. I am very humbled to be asked to pass it forward to others and I take that very seriously.
This week I finally got to meet Claudia and her husband, Michael Good, face-to-face. I felt like they were family because of all our letters but it was wonderful to actually meet and talk in person. They flew to Nashville and stayed with us for several days. It was a delightful experience and I will have to say, they both lived up to my expectations and much more. They are a very special couple. Their creativity, sense of adventure, love of learning and exploring will enrich their lives and one day they will be passing forward to a younger generation all they have learned from a rich, full life.
Never underestimate who is watching you. Never think that your mark in this world is insignificant. You would be surprised who is watching and what you say to them in words and in actions can help change your world and theirs. Claudia has blessed me in so many ways. I know she would say the same about me. It is a win-win when you are helping others grow. I am grateful she was bold enough to ask me to participate in her life.
Whose life are you speaking into? Sowing into the lives of others is helping to change the world one person at a time. One family at a time.