Daily Challenge: July 23

The daily challenges over the next couple of days will have two themes: living your life to the fullest and appreciating those in your life.

Today’s challenge will focus more on the second half of that.

I want you to think of one person in your life who has made an impact on you (a positive one, of course. We’re thinking positive today!). Maybe they taught you something, a skill, or made you feel good about yourself. Perhaps it’s a friend who has always been there for you, or someone you admire.

Today’s challenge is to write them a letter.

Now, the letter can contain whatever you like and be whatever length you feel – you can rant for pages about how wonderful they are and all the things you like about them, or you can do two paragraphs thanking them for being your friend. If you want to explain to them why you are writing, feel free.

I have just a few standards for this challenge:

1. Write it. A hand-written letter will mean so much more to a lot of people than a text message or even an e-mail. Being able to hold the letter in your hand is such a satisfying feeling – not to mention, your handwriting will make it so much more personal than the computer’s font.

2. Stay positive. That’s pretty self-explanatory.

3. Send it to someone you actually know. You might admire Emma Stone, and she very well may have inspired you to be confident and strong, but this challenge is really designed to impact people you interact with on a regular basis – not celebrities. If you want to pen a letter to her after you’ve done this, feel free.

4. Don’t expect anything in return. Don’t expect a phone call, a text message or a letter response telling you how wonderful YOU also are, or even thanking you for the letter. This is a selfless act, telling someone that you appreciate them, and that’s it.

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