About Smiling Wisdom
Having to Say Goodbye
During a cancer scare, I felt it was important to write letters to my children in case I didn’t survive. I couldn’t accomplish the letters at the time. At the time, saying goodbye felt like giving in to cancer and giving up hope. Later, I became a life coach with a specialty of end-of-life coaching. After working with clients to write love letters to their families, I learned that they had the same paralysis of words that I did.
Love Letters to the Family
With some deep reflection, I called upon my love for writing and design. After hours of emotional writing, I finally wrote my letters to my friends and family. Many of the letters are now Smiling Wisdom greeting cards. Writing prompted an epiphany–We should share how we feel about others now, while we are alive–not just as words to leave behind. So I created a line of greeting card gift sets to share with others now, and after we are gone.
My inspiration comes from others who have positively impacted my life in both small and big ways. I write in honor of friends and family that have passed. I write from love, pain, sorrow, misunderstandings, appreciation, and hope. I use a very wide pallet of colors, textures, my favorite animals, and words that make me happy.
Finding the Right Words
Smiling Wisdom helps you find the words that are difficult to say. While some cards are lighthearted, many are deep and heartfelt. I hope you find a Smiling Wisdom product that helps you find the words you want to say.
Find the Right Gift
Click on ‘by SMILING WISDOM’ under the headline of the product page to see our store on this platform. The products are divided into four categories to help you locate Smiling Wisdom gift sets easily.
Smiling Wisdom gifts are meant to be given away, touch hearts and bring a smile to someone’s face.
Starfish Bead Care
Use a soft cloth to clean the bead. Keep the beads dry and away from water, chlorine, or chemicals.
(30) STARFISH APPRECIATION KEEPSAKE CARDS – Bulk thank you appreciation cards for helpers that have gone above and beyond. Tell someone that they have made a difference. Add a tiny starfish to the envelope to reinforce the story. Great for essential workers, veterans, volunteers, helpers, nurses, childcare providers, or friends who have made a difference.
THE STARFISH STORY – You make a profound difference. Once upon a time, there was a wise man walking on the beach. He looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. As he got closer, he noticed it was a young man, reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out
“Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.” “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man. To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.” Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of
beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!” At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.” Adapted from the starfish story written by Loren Eiseley
(30) APPRECIATION CARDS – SIZE – 2×3.4 inches folded. Full color both sides. ENVELOPES – 2.25×3.5 inches.. Made and printed and made in USA. Contains 30 cards, 30 envelopes, 30+ beads. (90+ pieces) Packaging may vary.,