Saturday, August 25, 2007
There are not many people that write letters anymore. With the wave of new technology and the online world, email is simply faster and more convenient. Yes, email is nice, and I'm very grateful for it, using it quite a bit! Yet, there's just something special about a real letter.
Picture going to the mailbox: You walk to it (perhaps taking 15 minutes if you're walking, as it takes us) open it up, and flip through the stack, seeing bills, catalogs and automated mail.Then suddenly, you see a letter with your name on it! It makes your day as you eagerly open it and peruse its contents. Whether it's a note, card, or 5-page letter, you enjoy it completely, re-reading it again and again. You feel special that someone actually took the time to write to you!
A letter can be such an encouragement to someone, and it really brightens their day. It doesn't have to be long or elaborate, though I do enjoy writing pages and pages sometimes! If it's from the heart, it will be so appreciated, even if it just tells about your day-to-day life.
Letter writing can be a lot of fun! Yes, it takes more time, but it's also rewarding. Using pretty stationery or making your own, picking out a matching pen, and filling the page with neat script... It's a great way to spend a quiet moment. And unlike things on the computer, letters can be held in your hand and cherished for years to come.
I'm blessed to have quite a few penpals. I write to Jennifer and Ella using both email and snail mail. Emails reach them much faster and is quicker when I just have to drop them a note, but on occasion I enjoy surprising them with a letter. I write to Anna and Brittany using just letters, keeping the postal service busy! When Elijah and Lydia are at college, I send them letters from home, making sure that there's something in their mailbox at least somewhat regularly. When I'm on trips, I write friends and family back home, letting them know what I'm up to. And sometimes I drop friends a note for no reason at all, just to let them know how special they are to me. Then there's the occasional letters sent to various people for various reasons - my pen isn't still for long!
But doesn't that take a lot of time? Yes, it does somewhat, but it's worth it. Sometimes I write many letters in one afternoon (like the 7 I wrote yesterday), sometimes I just write a few over one week, fitting them in here and there whenever I have a spare moment. It's a nice break in otherwise busy days. And yes, unlike email, they do cost money to send. However, 41 cents is usually worth brightening someone else's days!
Are you inspired yet? Take the time and write someone soon - a dear friend, old acquaintance, or family member that lives elsewhere. They'll feel loved and you'll enjoy doing it! Truly, letter writing is becoming a lost art. However, you and I can revive it! A handwritten letter is so special - and it helps if you want to develop neater handwriting as well! What better way to practice?
Posted by Anna Naomi at 1:43 PM