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Just got yet another chain email.  So in case its true and I will vanish from not forwarding to 8 other people I treasure, perhaps blogging about it will save my soul.

I am amazed similar emails how many and how many people (especially women) send these around.  I am amazed that I often stop to think its easier to forward it on than to risk any curse they carry.  Seriously…why do such benign emails cause strife?  I think its because someone felt you were important to them to include in their special gaggle of “trusted” friends and you want to maintain that status.  Or perhaps you just don’t want to disrupt the laws of distribution.

Why does it take a corny chain mail to tell someone you think they are awesome?  Why do we have to burden people we do care about with guilt when we send such acknowledgment about how we love them but then tie it to a task like “forward this to others”?

So please, don’t ask me to keep the chain going.  Don’t tell me in a pre-formed email that I am one of your favorite people. Don’t threaten that if I don’t respond to the email, I may cause bad luck to you and me. Send me an email that you wrote yourself, not some poet who doesn’t understand that I have no time for chain mail…Ere, I can’t blog!

That is how I really feel.  Except for today.  I got an email with some really good words.  It wasn’t the sender’s own and it asked me to pass on to 8 people I feel are worthy of such a message and task.  I won’t do that for many reasons but I think by sharing the message itself with you, perhaps I fulfill my commandment and more importantly, provide a well-written set of thoughts.  It helps me to know that at least someone else like me wants to remind other worthy people that they are good just the way they are and don’t let anything, including chain emails, get in the way of your confidence to feel good about your decisions and actions.  So here it is. Enjoy:

“Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”