Pressure Busting Tip #2
Let me start by telling you a little story. For years and years, I had a delightful neighbor Michelle whom I adored. We had a great relationship. Our houses are painfully close, so I was grateful that we got along so well, yelling across the driveway, my kids babysitting her son, each of us acting as Keymasters for each other. But the one thing that absolutely killed me was this: every December, I would get a Christmas card in the mail from her. Yep. She would actually mail me a Christmas card. I find two things silly about this: 1. She saw me every single day. Just say, "Hey, Nance. Can Jared or Sam babysit Ryan on Friday? Oh, and Merry Christmas!" 2. If she still thought a card was necessary, just walk over and put it in my mailbox. Duh.
So. Here is your Pressure Busting Tip for today, in this age of Super-Connectedness thanks to cellphones, email, e-cards,Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Face Time, and the Interwebs. Unless it truly, truly gives you pleasure, give up on the sending of Christmas Cards. It's a nice tradition; it really is. But it's a timesuck. And if you think about it, it is another glut of wastepaper for our environment. You could set up a blog in very little time and use your FB account to direct people to it as a special online card with a short message. You could be altruistic and donate your saved postage and card money to a bellringer. At the very least, you could streamline your card list to only those very distant friends and relatives whom you know you will not see at Christmas.
Give yourself this gift of time. You deserve it, and the world and your network of friends and loved ones will not collapse. And best of all, neither will you.