Notes to Dearie, 14 August, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

14 August, 2020
Somewhere in Uptown Village, Vancouver, Washington

Today’s reminder for ‘Dearie’ is not always easy to remember: You have power in you.

Humans relating to other humans is anything but easy, and too often can be unfortunately painful. People may actually belittle you, and say you’re not smart enough… but people do not need to be intentionally malicious to foster doubt, or cause pain.

They may try to convince you you’ll get hurt. They may suggest you’re not good at finishing things, so why should you bother to try? Perhaps they see success in you, and it pinches a nerve about feelings of failure they carry themselves. Perhaps they see you outgrowing them, and it threatens how good or important you allowed them to feel.

Whatever the case, people or places that once worked with our best interests may no longer fit who we are, or where we’re trying to go now. It is painful, but it’s okay, because circumstances do change. Ambitions evolve. Knowledge expands.

Your life is yours. Your vision is yours. Your plan is yours, and if you can sense your way ahead, that is what counts.

You can start where you are, and use what you have. You can accept help from the resources available to you. Protect your vision, and build the story you want your life to be. You have power in you.

Peace to you goodly people. You, and your heads, and your hearts!

-J.P.
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About Notes to Dearie
With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’m playing a wee game and scattering some optimism for people to discover. Find a note to ‘Dearie’? That’s from me! All messages are composed, hand written, and unless otherwise noted also placed and photographed by me. If you’ve come across one of my notes, let me know! I’d love to hear how it happened!

I never know who might discover these notes, but I hope Serendipity will put these words in front of someone who could use them, which is why I share them here as well.

Notes to Dearie, 12 August, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

12 August, 2020
Waterfront Park, Vancouver, Washington

SOMETHING very fun and exciting happened in my little world of scribbling ‘Notes to Dearie’ today, and I cannot wait to share it with you soon.

Meanwhile, today’s reminder for ‘Dearie’ is a simple one.

This is your life…

We can live for now, or we can live for later.

The things keeping us worried and awake at night right now may not amount to so very much in the end. We do continue to grow, and unfurl. Questions do change. Perspectives do shift. Difficult moments do pass… Sometimes it is worth remembering that difficult moments are actually passing all the time under our very noses.

None of us know how we will actually react to something until the precise moment it happens… but, the story of our lives is–at least partly–ours to bend and weave as we choose.

I can only hope that at the end of my days, I will feel satisfied that I took risks when it mattered, and made my time count. And I hope the same for you.

Peace to you goodly people. You, and your heads, and your hearts.

-J.P.
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About Notes to Dearie
With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’m playing a wee game and scattering some optimism for people to discover. Find a note to ‘Dearie’? That’s from me! All messages are composed, hand written, and unless otherwise noted also placed and photographed by me. If you’ve come across one of my notes, let me know! I’d love to hear how it happened!

I never know who might discover these notes, but I hope Serendipity will put these words in front of someone who could use them, which is why I share them here as well.

Notes to Dearie, 9 August, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

9 August, 2020
Hood River, Oregon

Today’s note for ‘Dearie’ offers a gentle reminder to be yourself.

IF we’re not used to putting that idea into practice ourselves, then it can certainly feel vulnerable, and demand a special kind of courage. Yet, in the long run, it pays in unforseeable ways to come as you are, to listen and respond with authenticity, and to hunch your way along your own path.

Your life is yours, and your superpower is your individuality. Who knows what the world is deeply needing that only you–with your peculiar lived experience and perspective–might be able to provide?

You have a place in the world. Remember that…

-J.P.
Instagram: @JeffreyPuukka
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About Notes to Dearie
With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’m playing a wee game and scattering some optimism for people to discover. Find a note to ‘Dearie’? That’s from me! All messages are composed, hand written, and unless otherwise noted also placed and photographed by me. If you’ve come across one of my notes, let me know! I’d love to hear how it happened!

I never know who might discover these notes, but I hope Serendipity will put these words in front of someone who could use them, which is why I share them here as well.

Notes to Dearie, 7 August, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

7 August, 2020
Hood River, Oregon

Today’s reminder for ‘Dearie’ is simple. You matter. I know sometimes that’s painfully difficult to trust, but it is no less true. You matter, and immensely powerful things begin to rumble and ripple when you somehow summon the courage to believe it.

Peace to you goodly humans! You, and your heads, and your hearts.

-J.P.

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About #NotesToDearie — With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’m playing a wee game and scattering some optimism for people to discover. Find a note to ‘Dearie’? That’s from me! All messages are composed, hand written, and unless otherwise noted also placed and photographed by me. If you’ve come across one of my notes, let me know! I’d love to hear how it happened!

I never know who might discover these notes, but I hope Serendipity will put these words in front of someone who could use them, which is why I share them here as well.

Notes to Dearie, 3 August, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

3 August, 2020
Uptown Village, Vancouver, Washington

WE DON’T NEED to change ourselves to be happy, although we all have characteristics we wrestle with, or goals we want to achieve. We don’t need the world to change either, although there are definitely challenges in our communities we’d like to see solved.

We can allow ourselves to be happy now. Yet, for us mere mortals, there’s often a funny snag about happiness.

Very often, we mere mortals tend to register happiness through two lenses… the past, and the future.

“I remember I felt so happy back when I was…”, and, “Some day, when I (accomplish this, or have that…) I’ll finally be able to be happy”.

So, think out loud with me…

One strange reason we don’t always register happiness in the here and now is because when we’re happy, we’re engaged and alive in the present moment, and too busy BEING to second guess how we feel.

I wonder if that may reveal something about how we could approach a new day’s opportunities… We can allow for the opportunity of joy by participating in our own lives. Of course, that takes courage.

If we can unload just enough residue and expectation from the worries or grudges we shoulder to approach a new day with neutrality and curiosity, that’s a strong step toward stumbling into opportunities for joy.

Likewise, examining our day for people or experiences to express gratitude for is another excellent tool for extracting joyful nectar hidden in plain sight.

Our life is ours. Perspective makes a difference. Participation matters.

-J.P.

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With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’m playing a wee game and scattering some optimism for people to discover. Find a note to ‘Dearie’? That’s from me! All messages are composed, hand written, and unless otherwise noted also placed and photographed by me. If you’ve come across one of my notes, let me know! I’d love to hear how it happened!

Notes to Dearie, 30 July, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

30 July, 2020
Somewhere in Vancouver, Washington

HAPPY THURSDAY, HUMANS!

With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’ve decided to play a wee game and scatter some optimism for people to discover.

Today I spent some time in the Uptown Vancouver area, scattering some notes for ‘Dearie’. As always, I have no idea who might find these notes, but I am hoping Serendipity will help me share these words with someone who needs them.

Today’s note for ‘Dearie’ offers a simple reminder that your tribe is out there. It’s true for each of us, and we can find them by daring to reveal our authentic selves in day to day life.

Stay brave…

-J.P.

Instagram: @JeffreyPuukka
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Find a note to ‘Dearie’? That’s from me! All messages are composed, hand written, and unless otherwise noted also placed and photographed by me. If you’ve come across one of my notes, let me know! I’d love to hear how it happened!

Notes to Dearie, 29 July 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

29 July, 2020
Vancouver Waterfront Park

HAPPY WEDNESDAY, HUMANS!

With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’ve decided to play a wee game and scatter some optimism for people to discover.

I love walking along the river around sunset, or a bit afterward as the evening begins cooling down. With all its new construction, tasting rooms and restaurants, the newer section of the Vancouver Waterfront is certainly a good opportunity to observe people, and study how humans engage with one another, so it seemed an excellent spot to stash a ‘Dearie’ note.

For reserved introverts, like I am, trusting opportunities to engage with other humans, and taking those sorts of risks, can easily feel daunting, tricky, and sometimes just more trouble than they’re worth… Yet, the universe has a funny way of offering up consistent reminders that anything worth doing is difficult, and the most meaningful things in life are often right on the other side of our fears.

The older I get, the more grateful I feel for those who see me, understand me, and can get me to do mad things… After all, if I want my life to be about SOMETHING, sooner or later I must take part in the opportunity to live.

Peace to you goodly people! You, and your heads, and your hearts!

-J.P.

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Notes to Dearie, 28 July, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

28 July, 2020
Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington

HAPPY TUESDAY, HUMANS! This is my favorite sculpture in a popular park in downtown Vancouver, so I hid a note for ‘Dearie’ there. The sculpture is separate pieces, interacting together to form one piece of art. A little girl with a bouquet is extending a flower to a man sitting on a park bench, with his newspaper. The story is open to interpretation, but what is clear is the connection and smile shared between them. Something in this interaction seems essentially kind.

Kindness interests me. In the fairy tale mash-up INTO THE WOODS, it was to the Witch that lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim gave the words, ”You’re so nice. You’re not good, you’re not bad, you’re just nice…” and, I confess, I’ve often pondered the distinction between being nice and being kind. For me, the difference seems to be summed up in the ideas of regard, and sincerity.

The niceness I’ve encountered in my life was pleasant. It smiled brightly. Niceness was polite. Niceness exhibited unexpected interest, and so for a moment, I felt quite important! Then once the interaction was over, it left me questioning what was sincere, or merely good manners. It is possible to be nice, and surprisingly vacant from an encounter. Kindness is something else.

Kindness didn’t always smile as brightly, but kindness accepted me as I was. Kindness was helpful. What mattered most was that at the end of the interaction, I felt regarded, engaged with, and I was unharmed. I felt worthy.

As Maya Angelou pointed out, ”I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel…”. In this fast-paced world which slyly compels so many of us to curate how or why reveal ourselves to others, this note for ‘Dearie’ is a little reminder that simple kindnesses really do impact one’s moment, self esteem, day, and life. It counts to be kind.

Stay happy and healthy!

-J.P.

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Notes to Dearie, 26 July, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

26 July, 2020
Somewhere in Portland, Oregon

HAPPY SUNDAY, HUMANS!

With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’ve decided to play a wee game and scatter some optimism for people to discover. So, if you find a note to ‘Dearie’, that’s from me. I hid this little message somewhere in Portland, Oregon.

A teakettle can only take the heat for so long before the steam needs a place to go. So I hope you’ll be gentle with yourselves and each other this weekend. This note offers the gentle reminder that we have a voice that is wordless, uncensored, and pure. It slips out when we laugh, when we cry, and when we roar and scream.

It is okay to trust that voice, and use that voice. We can rely on that voice for release, and feel relief afterward.

If you feel angst taking over, and tension rising beyond what you’ll be able to control, before you leap to action, try letting loose with a good scream. You may feel vulnerable, and perhaps afraid of seeming a little crazy, but the noise that at last comes out of you will be absolutely authentic to the animal you are. There may be some liberation in that.

Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

-J.P.

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Notes to Dearie, 25 July, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

25 July, 2020
Somewhere in Vancouver, Washington

HAPPY SATURDAY, HUMANS!

As you know, with so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’ve decided to play a wee game and scatter some optimism for people to discover, if they’re paying attention. I decided to hide today’s note for ‘Dearie’ in Vancouver, Washington. My seemingly contented and stately frog friend seemed the best messenger for this one… And, upon circling back, I think someone has already found and claimed it.

I wonder who found it and how they reacted, but as always, I am trusting in Serendipity to put these thoughts in front of people who need them.

If you ever find a note to ‘Dearie’, I hope you’ll reach out and let me know. All messages are composed, hand written, and unless otherwise noted, also hidden and photographed by me.

Have a glorious weekend, you beautiful, brilliant people! Stay safe, happy and healthy!

-J.P.

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Notes to Dearie, 24 July, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

24 July, 2020
Somewhere at Hug Point Beach, Oregon

I decided it would be good to tuck this little note for Dearie by the sea!

I hid this jar on a sandy shelf of a beautiful, jagged and hulking rock in the surf. I spent most of the day on the seashore, enjoying a little fire on the beach, and letting my thoughts drift out over the ocean… And, unbeknownst to them, I loved watching group after group of passersby discover and puzzle over the wee jar with the words in it.

What I noticed: Women seemed the most frequent to act on their curiosity, and go investigate, and study the whole message. Children seemed to display the most imagination. They’d find it, then run to their parents to drag them over to see. Men seemed to investigate from a distance, sort of circling like a big cat. Some of them took pictures. Some put it into other locations… Some noticed it, passed by, then came back to investigate.

It was a delicious study of humans and whimsy.After sunset, I decided to leave Note for Dearie by the sea. I hope Serendipity will help these words find someone who needs them.

Peace to you goodly people. You, and your heads, and your hearts.
-J.P.

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