In thinking about how I wanted to round out February’s theme of connecting more, I wanted to stretch myself a bit.
I have been doing all of the things I talked about; scheduling more coffee and playdates (weather permitting), Facetiming like crazy with family, connecting more through social media (particularly email and Instagram), connecting with myself through daily meditation, and trying to be more present in my day-to-day life.
And while that’s been great, it doesn’t feel super out of the ordinary. I was already doing most of those things anyway.
This week, I want to do something that I don’t normally do. Or, at the very least, that I stopped doing a few decades ago…
Writing handwritten letters just because.
I send out Thank You notes and birthday cards… occasionally.
I write grocery lists and menu plans all the time.
I even talked about the power of the personal note over on the Propelle blog. (Yeah… I’m not always great at taking my own advice.)
But none of that is the same as writing a letter to someone and putting it in the mail.
I’m a huge paper fanatic. I love pretty stationary and cards. And I am obsessed with pens and markers. You would think that I’d be a shoe-in for sending out a hand-written note.
I seriously used to be. I can remember being in high school and pouring over letters I’d write to my best friend in Cincinnati.
The last one I sent was a 14-pager (front and back). I filled it with quotes and doodles, thoughts about life and boys, and other teenage angst. My brother did his damnedest to try and steal it so he could get a window into my world and have blackmail material for life. (He tried to wrestle me for it. He didn’t get it.)
And then I went off to college and left the handwritten note behind.
Email took over. Cell phones became all the rage. And instant communication was way more exciting that anything done by hand.
Don’t get me wrong, I seriously love those forms of communication. I just think that there is something absolutely special about a handwritten note. The thought someone puts into selecting the right card. The time they take out of their day to write. And the way it stands out amongst the piles of bills and junk mail…
I want to take back a little slice of this art form.
This week, I’m going to write and send one hand-written note a day.
That’s 7 letters in 7 days. The hardest part is going to be figuring out who those 7 people are!
Will you join me?Posted by Emily Levenson | 4 comments