“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” ~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." ~ Art Turock
"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good." ~ 7 Years in Tibet
What makes letterboxing such a great activity for everyone?
1) It’s free; it’s nice to have an activity that you can do anytime, anywhere and for free.
2) It’s an outdoor activity… Though there are some boxes hidden in libraries and other public buildings which are fun for a cold or rainy day, most are hidden outside in parks, trails around town monuments, cemeteries, etc. so you can enjoy some fresh air and outdoor adventures.
*Note: Practice reading a map, following written directions (such as north, south, left, straight ahead, etc.) writing the date for log book entries and the box number or location that kind of thing, while remembering to write up a journal-style type entry of your adventure.
3) Learn something new about an area or the people who visit it. Many letterbox directions include historical anecdotes or tidbits related to the stamp. It’s also fun to look through the log books in the boxes, people write down where they are from and sometimes leave messages.
4) Accommodates all group sizes and ages (so your 5 year old will be entertained and so will your pre-teen- just look for the challenging boxes for these guys, maybe requiring compasses or clues to solve).
5) Takes up as little or as much time as you want/ need it to.
6) Its creative. (Letterboxers often design and make their own personal stamps and the stamps that they hide. You can get really fancy with coloring using brush tip markers to color in stamp’s prints.)
7) Its fun and there are always stories to tell afterwards.
8) Great activity for a trip to visit the grandparents! (Or if they can handle the excitement, bring them along on your adventure)
9) Grandparents take your grandchildren on an adventure
10) Its great exercise; this hobby gets you up off the couch and moving outdoors
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