Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Insignificant October 23, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 11:17 am
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Location: University of Waterloo Tim Horton’s

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope that this note serves as a little pick me up during your day.

I have a question for you. Have you ever thought about the world and our lives as segments of time? I mean have you ever noticed how insignificant our time on Earth is? The Earth is something like 4.5 billion years old. Of that, about 1 billion years have had multicellular life with humans only appearing in the last 200,000 years. The average human life span in Canada is 80.2 years. By any measure that’s nothing in comparison to Earth’s 4.5 billion years. Even if we compare how long humans have been on Earth to say fish (505 million years) or even birds (208 million years) we make up such an insignificant amount of time. So if we’re only around for an insignificant fraction of the world’s history, do our lives even matter?

Well here’s the thing, in the small amount of time humans have been on Earth, they’ve completely changed it. So who’s to say that you can’t be part of that change? Who’s to say that you don’t have the drive to make your life significant in some way. We all have the same opportunity to leave some sort of impact. Will your life be significant? I sure hope so. I hope I can make mine significant too.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper ๐Ÿ™‚

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Friendship May 1, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 4:03 pm
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Location: West Village 6th floor window

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you today? I hope you’re doing well and if not, I hope that this note serves as a little pick-me-up during your day :). We all share some wonderful relationships with our friends but we wonder what makes it so special. When we think of our friends, we immediately think of those people who have been constantly present in our lives, those who have been a stellar support to us in happy times and times of crisis. It’s not always easy to define friendship. It isn’t built on a list of expectations like other relationships. Maybe, it is precisely that freedom, unspoken tenderness, amalgamation of faith, trust and support that make it such a sacred bond.

While it is true that no man is an island, its not always possible to forge close relationships with all the people that we meet in life. With some people we share a heart warming bond, with others we don’t. At some point in time, we all make a new friendship where conversation is never a burden and time is not a factor. With each passing day the two people continue to value each other more. This is true friendship. If you’re in need of a friend, know that there are people like me who are always willing to make new ones :).

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper

 

Thatโ€™s how long I want to be your friend April 20, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 1:41 pm
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Location: Thode rental laptop

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you today? I hope you’re doing well and if not, I hope this note serves as a little pick-me-up. When I was a Girl Guide, there was one song that we sang pretty much every week. It goes like this:

Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver, and the other gold
A circle is round, it has no end
That’s how long I want to be your friend

At the time, I’m sure we sang it because it was a song easily done in a round but thinking about it now, the song has a lot of truth to it.

I think the point of that song is that friendships shouldn’t be formed with an end in sight. If you have an end to the friendship in mind, it’s rare that it will last any longer. I think this goes for a lot of endeavors that we take on. It’s best to keep an open mind about things so the results can be surprising.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Youth April 19, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 8:05 pm
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Location: Outside Thode library (left by a friend)

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Dear perfect stranger,

How are you doing today? I’m doing quite well thank you. It’s April which for me usually means a bazillion birth days. As I’m getting older, I’m starting to understand the value of youth. I currently work with kids and that’s what I want to do for the summer too.

See, I still feel like a kid. I feel bad for my friends who are working so hard. Sure, the money they’re making seems tempting to have, but I guess as long as I have enough to get by, that’s fine by me. I’m pretty much living the easy life right now and for the summer. I’ll be having a blast working with kids, not making much money but that just means I’ll have to work again during the school year. I can work for the rest of my life but I can’t work at a camp and do arts and crafts forever.

I don’t want an hour commute to the office. I don’t want lunch meetings. I don’t want my name on a business card. I don’t want to have a separate work number, fax number and e-mail. I want to have fun now because I won’t be able to later. So embrace your youth. Live it.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper