Well I can write this with some confidence that it will not go through because I do not meet your criteria as I am one year older than the periphery of the mail settings. I like the liberty that this affords me because you are a real person and I am writing a real letter which will stretch me in a way that I have not experienced before. As much as I like to be transparent and real with people I have learned to be cautious and reserved not letting my guard down for even one minute with this online thing – which is a high price to pay in life. Life is too short to live in such a manner.
This letter reminds of when I used to be dean of a college and I would work with students who would write me these supper long letters and I would read and read and think – just get to the point already! Wow, I so loved that job. I loved helping individuals grow and bloom. I loved imparting confidence into ones that just needed to hear that someone believed in them. I loved seeing students succeed and received the award that they worked so hard to earn. I LOVED touching lives and working for the greater good.
I like how you completed your “About Me” section with a sense of order and rhythm. Unlike my “About Me” section – I must have spend forever coming up with the words and I am still not happy with the description because it really does not portray my heart – the very thing that keeps me going and reaching out to others. But then again can an online profile really portray person accurately? I really don’t think so.
So in the safety net of at least believing you will never actually receive this, I give myself an assignment that hopefully will cause me to step outside of my comfort zone – simply because I do not like to become complacent in life. I like to keep stretching and growing – and believe me I have been stretched to the point of snapping these last few years and have more than survived. So here it goes – my life in the form of a letter to a total stranger (who would have thought that I would ever do this!). The real test will be if I actually SEND it!
First: I am widowed – I will just get that out of the way.
Born and raised in Texas. I moved north after graduating high school. I went to college (earned a D.Min), owned my own business, got married, raised 3 wonderful children (now grown), and co-labored beside my late husband for 23 years. Well, it would be much easier to just refer you to my LinkedIn page for my past history.
I just realized something here – I really don’t like talking about myself, my accomplishments, my goals, my dreams, and my aspirations. I have spent years helping others to do this very thing but yet I cannot do myself. I prefer to listen, encourage and prod others on in their walk of life.
Present day: I have relocated to a wonderful little Texas town in hill country and have the privilege of living right on the lake. I love the character of this town so rich in history, so many beautiful old homes and building. There is a coffee shop downtown that is for sale – I have toured several times – if only I had the courage and the know-how – I’d buy it and redo it much like my favorite little shop up north and have a delightful time. But I recognize I lack the knowledge that is required. But I love to dream, I love to plan, I love to create, I love to soar to the highest heights.
I make myself laugh – I really am an eagle, a pioneer, a mover, a shaker, an establisher, a motivator, a mediator and so much more.
True to my nature I have become involved in my community and in helping others. I am very involved with the chamber here and I am working hard to get to know the people in this community. Where ever I live I want to become a part of the core – I have a need to belong and be a part of the people and feel comfortable. I love to go and recognize individuals that are a part of the community, greet them and make them feel loved – I guess in a sense that is what makes me feel loved – that is what makes me feel a part of whatever is going on. I love spreading joy and experiencing laughter and joy also.
There I did it! I shared my heart with a total stranger online, even though this will just bounce back to my inbox (the great comfort I feel in knowin that). It was a great exercise and I think it is ok to talk about myself after all I do have a lot to offer in life. I do believe in myself and I love believing in others.
Well if this does go through – loved your profile. I have never seen the movie Shallow Hal – I will have to look it up online sometime. I never respond to an individual with a letter like this – I trust it does not offend you. I rarely get responses back if I do stick my neck out and say “Hi” perhaps you can give me pointers as to what I am doing wrong on my profile.
Your profile location is so vague I don’t even know if you are located near my location. Maybe I should change my location to something like that – what do you think?