Diversions for You and Your Friends

If you are a subscriber to the Support4Change Newsletter, this is the newsletter you will receive today, February 27, 2017. For more features and articles by Arlene, be sure to subscribe.

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a new feature of the blog, which will appear every Monday.


6444-balloon-what%27s-up-4-x-3We all know that life has its ups and downs. When we’re up, we don’t pay much attention to our good fortune.

However, when we run into physical or emotional trouble, which is part and parcel of the human condition, our thoughts cannot help but focus on our problems. It may be a child who is addicted to drugs or is failing school. A husband may announce he wants a divorce. We may need to help an aging parent. Added to these situations, bills may threaten to pull the rug out from under any security we thought we had.Fortunately, every Monday starting today, the Support4Change Blog will offer a special diversion designed to take your mind off your troubles, at least for a while.

And if you don’t have any troubles, you are sure to know someone who does.

The Genesis of “Diversions for You and Your Friends”

Many years ago, a close friend was going through treatment for cancer and I decided to cheer her up with a card every day. Sometimes the cards were store-bought and sometimes they were clipped from an article; other times, I sent her something I had written for the blog.

Each was sent with hope it would provide at least a little distraction from her discomfort and treatment. That seemed to have worked, because she has often said she looked forward to the diversion these cards provided her.

Now I am living in a retirement community and there are few of us who don’t have aches and pains of one kind or another. For the most part, we ignore them and just hobble along with canes and walkers.

However, last year, when a friend of mine broke her neck and was facing weeks of painful rehabilitation, I remembered the pleasure that my daily notes had brought

to my other friend many years ago. So I created a new set of cards with a focus on humor, light-hearted stories, guided imagery, and old blog posts on topics I thought she would enjoy.

I didn’t send them quite as often as I had for my other friend earlier, but two or three a week seemed to make a big difference for her. She found them most encouraging and distracting from the pain and discomfort of an immobilized neck.

Cards To Take Your Mind Off Your Problems

Because my friends have been helped by these kinds of cards, I thought readers of my blog might enjoy a diversion from their own problems — and may want to send relief to friends or family members who need cheering up.

Here is how this works.

Every Monday, beginning today, the blog will have a link to a PDF you can use in one of three ways.

1. Read today’s Diversion (PDF)  — called “What’s UP?” — online.

2. Forward the PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser

3. Print the PDF and send it to someone. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

Why Are These Excellent Cards Free?

If you read the newsletter I sent a couple months ago, you know that I no longer have the Support4Change website. Russian hackers — yes, they were interested in more than our election! — were too expensive for me to get rid of, so I closed my business.

Consequently, I can’t charge you for the cards, even though I imagine some of you would be willing to pay for them, once you see how helpful they are in supporting you or a friend in need.

Please consider these weekly diversions as my gift to you and know that I wish you, and everyone to whom you send a diversion card, will have “peace, joy and love,” which is printed on each card.

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