One of the top "I'm really bad, but vow to do better" things in my life is keeping in touch. Of all the things I struggle with, it's so disheartening to realize (and have to admit) that this is right up there at the top of the list.
I am the absolute worst about reading an email, text, note in the mail and telling myself I’ll respond in an hour, tomorrow, on Friday. But then I never do. Before I know it, weeks have gone by and I’m profusely apologizing, while simultaneously promising to respond that day or the next…and sadly, more often than not, that day comes and goes as well.
I tell myself that I will wait until I have the time to sit down and devote my full attention to responding perfectly, but that time never seems to come. I’m trying to live by the mantra that done is better than perfect, but for a lifelong (diagnosed) OCD perfectionist like myself, that’s hard. Really, really hard.
It shouldn’t be so hard to keep in touch with those I love, right? As backward as it sounds, I want to give them the response and time they deserve, but it ends up seeming like I don’t care enough to take the time to respond, which isn’t true at all.
So I’m making it a point to be intentional about keeping in touch with those friends and family members who deserve to know they are a priority in my life. Maybe it won’t always be sending an in-depth email, but a small note dropped in the mail just to say “I’m thinking about you,” can often communicate much more than a hundred typed words in an email.
It’s about being thoughtful, being intentional, and showing those in my life that they are important. It’s about taking the time out of my day just to say hello.
It’s about not putting it off until I can do it “perfectly.” I’d rather say “I care” in the smallest of ways than to continue letting it get so out of hand.
Done is better than perfect.
Rinse and repeat.
This post is part of the 31 Days of Intention series. You can see other posts in this series here.