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The Parable of the Back-to-Front Christmas Card


Just a quick one to share a thought I had today. I was making a Christmas card for my friend's son, who is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Utah. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to card making and it took me about an hour to come up with something I was happy with (I know, really?!). I took my time over it and I was so pleased with the finished result...


I know what you're thinking... that took an hour?!

I then opened the card to share some thoughts and feelings and express seasonal greetings, only to realise I had decorated the back of the card instead of the front! Immediately I had a sinking feeling that after all that effort, I would now have to start again.

Then, and this is such a sign of progress for me, the thought occurred to me, does it have to be perfect? I laughed to myself and I was sure the recipient of the card would find it funny too. 


In my life, I have carried around with me, the chains of not allowing myself to make mistakes and if I did make mistakes (often), then I was my own emotional punchbag. Through therapy and through prayer and the love of those around me, I am learning that it's okay to make mistakes and it's even better to laugh at them. 


Who said greeting cards have to open on the right-hand side anyway?!

Just a small slice of reality today. Thank you for reading. 


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