Tuesdays & Thursdays are Letter Project Days around here. This means I'm reading them, sorting them and bundling them to be sent out. Oftentimes, I'll be waiting on just one letter for an entire week before I send one of the bundles. When this happens, I start to worry. I worry that her letter is lost in the mail. Or that the writer forgot to send it. I start to wonder why I haven't created an emergency writer SWOT team who I can call on when I'm in a jam.
And then, right as I'm about to SOS a friend, her letter always arrives. Always! The writers never forget! Every time it happens, I realize I could have saved myself a whole lot of worry if I'd just taken a deep breath and trusted the process.
But then! A few weeks ago, a girl was missing THREE letters for a week. And then another week went by and I started to panic. I had to do something. I felt frustrated with myself for not taking action sooner, knowing this sweet girl's letters were going to be seriously delayed.
I called on local friends to write and (they were amazing) and did it within 24 hours. As I bundled up her letters to drop in the mail, it hit me:
Life is like these letter bundles. We can trust the process.
Sometimes, it might seem like things aren't going to work out. Sometimes, we have to make quick decisions and change direction. Sometimes, we have to lean on the people we love a little more than expected. Sometimes, we'll wish we'd taken action sooner.
But, in the end, it will work out. It might look a little different than we expected. It might not happen as quickly as we wanted it to. But, it will work out.
If you're in the thick of it today, I wanted to remind you to keep trusting the process. Take a deep breath. Do the next best thing for the phase you're in. Keep inching forward. I believe in you.