Recently, I’ve found myself writing more notes and sending more personalized cards and letters to my friends and family. I am not sure why I have taken to a notepad and pen to express myself lately, but I have found the practice both therapeutic and actually fun. Sending note cards through snail mail is something that we’ve all gotten away from, but lasts longer than an email or text message. Why don’t we do this more often?
I think I may know the reason— in our need to have quick, real time communication, we have thrown traditional forms of the communication out of the window. Why spend $.50 to send a letter when you can open up a quick email in a free account such as Gmail or Hotmail and type a few keystrokes regarding your feelings and interest? Who does anything by mail? We can pay our bills online, send payments to one another online, shop online, and within seconds, send a birthday card to a family member—all without leaving our desks. Who wants to stand in a long line at the post office to buy stamps when we can just sit at the computer and—-VOILA. Instantaneous!
I am not sure why I prefer to utilize traditional snail mail as it were lately, but it’s a trend that I am digging. There is something joyful about putting a pen to paper and writing out your innermost feelings. The personality that is derived by your choice of words or the fluidity of your handwriting speaks volumes and you can actually feel love in the written form. Emails are so static. Notecards reverberate.
Recently, I received two personalized notecards in the mail, one from Jenn at STLCoworking and the other from Paula at Haven House and I must say, it makes me want to do business and support these operations because they reached out to me humanly. There is nothing better than a great personalized email other than an actually handwritten one.
Try it, you just might like it.
I challenge each and every one of you to take some time in your life to write a personalized letter or send a notecard to someone you care for, love, think of, or want to extend an olive branch to. The message this sends transcends anything that can be done electronically.
I will continue to send notecards and letters. Will you be accepting my challenge?