Did you know, that today is write a letter to your friend day? It’s one of those “unusual holidays” like national French fry day. It’s not an actual holiday, rather, it’s designed to shed light on something or bring awareness if you will.
For me, there is nothing more special than finding a letter waiting for me. Just like there is nothing I enjoy more than surprising a friend with a letter in the mail
How long has it been since you last wrote a handwritten letter to someone, you love?
Perhaps you have an upcoming anniversary or a friend with a graduation on the horizon. The best gift you can give is the release of words, on paper, through a handwritten letter.
“Who writes letters anymore?”
That’s the point. Very few people take the time to put pen to paper and express their feelings. It’s time-consuming, requires vulnerability and in truth, well, seems a little old-fashioned. Yet, who doesn’t long to receive a handwritten letter in the mail? I bet, to this day, you still walk to the mailbox with anticipation, thinking that just maybe, there’s a letter for you. There’s no feeling like it when someone takes the time to share their feelings in a letter meant just for you. I imagine there’s someone on your mind right now.
To further encourage you; here are five reasons to write a handwritten letter now, not later. It will become a lifelong treasure to the person lucky enough to receive it:
1. A Lifetime Keepsake: Personal handwritten notes grow rarer by the day. According to my U.S. Postal Service Man Jessie, he only delivers a handwritten letter once a week. In a world where people seem to have everything, words on paper, sealed with a stamp, can be far more valuable than any material item purchased.
2. Your Heart on Paper: In a wired world — where emails, tweets and text messages are more accessible than handwritten notes — there is something magical about reading words written in longhand. Cursive even amps that feeling up!
3. The Ultimate Surprise: Let’s be honest: How do you feel when someone handwrites you a note? Imagine the person you write walking to their mailbox, opening it and finding a letter inscribed to them from you. I guarantee it will be the best part of their day!
4. A Feeling of Importance: What people want more than anything is to feel validated and to know they matter. Your handwritten letter will send a clear message: You are important and you do matter to me.
5. It’s Fun! Purchase quirky stationery that reflects your personality, buy interesting stamps (I have STEM stamps) and try out a sealing wax stamp to secure the envelope. I have yet to try the wax stamp idea, but it looks cool!
How many times have you missed the opportunity to say what needed to be said, only to find it was too late? Make a point of letting people you care about, who have influenced and shaped your life know how you feel. Don’t forget your children. I try to write Levi letters at least twice a year and while he may not understand their power now, I’m keeping them in a box and they are dated as to when they should be opened. He can have them to read when pivotal moments in life come up. I’m certain they will be treasured.
What are your feelings about handwritten letters? Do you get excited when you find one in your mailbox?