January 26, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to write a letter to someone you admire, telling them why you admire them.  How did it go?  I wrote a letter to a lady from church who is always willing to help out with anything.  It made me feel good to point out her amazing qualities that I hadn't taken the time to mention to her before.  I don't know if she even got it yet, but it made me happy to write it.  In fact, I've written a couple more since then.

This week's challenge requires nothing but a little time.  It's simple.  Visit someone elderly.  Maybe you have a sweet elderly neighbor.  Maybe you know a kind, lonely widow.  Maybe you want to go the extra mile and stop by a nursing home.  Ask them who doesn't receive many visitors and drop by that person's room.  That's it.  Here are a couple of words to inspire you.

"Do not forget the hands of the aged; they have touched much of life and have become sensitive and sympathetic."  - Anonymous
"The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person." - Andy Rooney

Now, how did your letter writing go?  I can't wait to hear about it.  See you tomorrow!


  1. As soon as I read your challenge last week I sat down to write a letter to my sister-in-law. My mom and I are always talking about how much we love and appreciate her, but we've never told her. Upon receiving the letter she sent me and email to say it was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for her. I don't know who got more joy out of this challenge, her or me! :)

  2. Hey Cheri-I love Wake up Wednesdays! My stepson's Boy Scout Troop wrote letter to soldiers in November. I included a letter as well. Recently I received several post cards from soldiers who had read my letter and appreciated hearing from me. So last week's suggestion to write a letter was the perfect motivator to send another letter. I thanked the soldiers for their time, dedication, and service. I really like knowing that my letter will reach more than one set of hands and hopefully provide a little levity to their day.

  3. I wrote my letter to a friend who I have come to know through unfortunate circumstances. She suffered infant loss a little over a year ago and is now going through another pregnancy (which is scary). In May, after my daughter was stillborn, a few mutual friends put us in contact with each other. Although we have never met in person, we have developed a strong relationship. I wrote her a note and told her what an amazing person she is and how she has inspired me through these difficult times. I wasn't expecting a response, but she sent me an e-mail telling me how much my letter meant to her. Although we have chatted many times and helped each other through some difficult days, I had never told her what she meant to me. Thank you for presenting this challenge to us.

  4. I love this idea, Cheri. I think I really need this one in my life right now! (this week's AND last week's)

  5. I love those quotes! I used to take care of the elderly and those quotes made me realize how much I miss them! They totally did touch my life and I learned SOOO much from them!

  6. After reading these comments I'm going to take part...in all of the wake up Wednesdays. Starting with the first one you did! Thanks for being amazing! ♥erica

  7. Anonymous26.1.11

    I know that it is kind of dorky but I wrote one to my hubby. We live in a new place and are not super close to our families. So really considering the fact he is one of the only people i get to have a conversations with most days just gave me all the more the reason to remind him that i love him and thank him for all the support that he has given me over the last few months. thanks for this idea i think im going to be doing it much more often and to others that iv yet to met :D

  8. When I read the challenge last, I instantly knew who I would write a letter to. I chose to write to a lady from church that has been my mentor for several years. It turns out the day she received it, she was having a very tough day. I love to see how God works in our lives.

  9. I have mixed emotions about my letter. I chose to write to a friend whom was my best friend from HS older sister. She has been through a lot, she's diabetic since she was about 18, lost a baby a few years back when he was just two months old, had breast cancer this last year and has been going through all that come's along with that including having her breasts removed, her husband was caught cheeting on her when she was first diagnosed and they divorced. With all of that she still seems to have such a positive outlook on life. Well I know her through FB these days and she now probably thinks I'm a wierdo creeper, but I just had to tell her how amazing I believe she is. So that is where my emotions are mixed, she totally stood out to me as someone who I wanted to reach out to, but she hasn't responded to my letter and I'm feeling like a big DORK, but I guess that's a lesson sometimes, not everyone will respond to an outreach the way you envision.

    I'm totally excited for the challenge this week! I have five children and we're gonna make a trip to a nursing home. My girls LOVE to sing and dance for anyone who will give them the time to watch, and they will get a kick out of it I'm sure!

    Thank you for inspiring us to "wake up" and step out of our comfort zones to do service that we might not do otherwise! I LOVE this blog, so awesome!!!

  10. I wrote a letter to my best friend from high school. We aren't very close anymore but keep in contact some. She has found out her youngest son has leukodystrophy, foreclosed on their home, and had to quit her job to stay home. I really admire the very proactive way she has dealt with her sons illness, writing letters to congress people trying to get help and awareness. I didn't hear back from her, but hope the letter made her day better.

  11. Can I visit my husband and call him elderly?I'm kidding, maybe. You always have such awesome ideas.

  12. I wrote a letter to a woman from church that seems to be overwhelmed with life a lot. I haven't heard back from her, and don't really expect to, but it was nice to be able to express my appreciation to her for all that she does.

    Your Wake Up Wednesdays remind me of a quote by Sister Hinckley:
    "I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautiful tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk's lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my nails from helping weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheek and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." -Marjorie Pay Hinckley

    Thank you for inspiring us all to love and serve a little more often :)

    P.S. I tried my hand at freezer paper stenciling for the first time, thanks to you, and I love how it turned out...spiced up some undies for my little guy!

  13. I was at Target Thursday night and saw a lady struggling slightly to get a big bag of dog food into her cart. I stopped to help her and she just kept saying "Thank you! That is so sweet!"...and it took all of 5 seconds of my time. I immediately thought of your Wed posts as I walked away smiling. Now to get to writing my letter... :)


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