“Charming” Postcards with Gandhi

It’s been about a month since I posted my response to the final prompt of Love Notes 20, so it’s time to make good on my promise to share the cards I received for the prompt. As you might recall, the prompt was “Be the change.”

I received four beautiful postcards from some of my Love Notes penfriends.

Connie F played a little scrabble and then crafted this cute card. 😉

“Scrabble: Be the Change,” Postcard made by Connie F.

Expounding on the theme, Connie writes,

“Change in our hearts, minds, and actions start with us for sure.”

She closed her greeting with the greeting found on Christine B’s gorgeous butterfly postcard:

“Butterfly Peace,” Photo by Christine

Be the change…and remember without change there would be no butterflies.  FLY HIGH.

Eileen V cited Robin Sharma and cautioned that, “change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.”

“Deep Meditation”

The back was just as artistic as the front with pretty (and neat) handwriting that I can only dream of emulating.

Andrea F, ever unique in her approach to the prompts, sent a recipe, ‘How to be the Change.”

“Recipe for Change,” postcard and charm crafted by Andrea F

Ingredients:

  • You
  • Your passion
  • Lots of love, patience
  • A hint of craftiness

Directions: Believe in yourself. Believe in others. Dream big and go for your dreams. Inspire others and spread your love.

As you can see, Andrea also crafted and placed a wine glass charm on the card. This added a “charming” feature to the card.  I’ve attached the charm to my Gidan Nodza Traveler’s Notebook, so I get to see it every day!

My “Charmed” Traveler’s Notebook

Here’s a close up of the charm:

Charm made by Andrea

See how it honors our snail mail relationship. 🙂

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is a quote typically attributed to Gandhi. However, that is simply a pithy “reduction” of Gandhi’s full statement:

We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do. – Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi underscores the interactive nature of transformation between the world and us. We, alone, do not create change in the world, rather we respond to the world’s need, a need that is also within us. As we change, the world is transformed and vice versa. 

Are you tuning in? Listening for what the world needs? And what you need?

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6 Comments

  1. Such a lovely post, and each card is so joy filled 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us Chandra 😉

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  2. Chandra, how did you manage to take part in the postcard event? I applied, but never got a note how to start… Beautiful, what came out of it!

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    • Oh no! I’m sorry. After you sign up, you should receive an email requesting that you “confirm” your participation. After confirming, you’ll receive a welcome and then another email with 3 addresses. Signup for the October round will be open soon. If you don’t receive a confirmation, try reaching out to Jennifer via the Facebook group, “Love Notes.” Are you on FB? I can add you to the group now so you can receive info via the group.

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      • Thank you Shandra, I will try the October round!

      • Sabine, signup for the swap is open now. Go to jenniferbelthoff.com. You should see a link (or maybe menu) for Love Notes–then a link for Love Notes. Scroll down and you’ll see the signup dialogue. After verifying you’re not a robot, you will be sent a confirmation email. Confirm and you’re in! If you don’t see a confirmation email, check your spam folder. If not there, try again. You’ll know you’re confirmed because you’ll receive a welcome email from Jennifer within moments after confirming.

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