Is letter writing a lost art? Does anyone still pick up the pen and compose thoughtful correspondence? Do they send pictures, poems, art? Do you?
It may seem like this primitive means of communication is dying out, but doesn’t everyone still yearn to receive something thoughtful in the mail for once besides bills and advertisements?
I’ve been traveling practically all year so far and making it my mission to send letters and postcards wherever I go. Naturally, I keep in touch with various people on the internet still, but it’s lovely to hear even from them, how surprised they are when they find something special in their mailbox. It’s a gesture, more than a request and one that I find priceless.
Here are some thoughts on how even the most challenged corresponders (you know who you are) can send a simple note to show they care:
Send a postcard to someone in your own town. Who says you can only write mail to people who live half way across the country or world? People you see everyday or maybe who you don’t get around to seeing enough will appreciate the extra effort. You can skip the small talk too and maybe just draw a picture, heart, or quote.
Go all out. Handwritten letter, paper cut-outs, confetti, candies, trinkets, drawings, stickers, clippings, etc. Once and a while, it is so worth it to just indulge on an amazing package. Your recipient will think so too.
Send a newsletter. If you just want to keep in touch and let friends and family know what’s going on with you, this is a great way. You can photocopy your letter and photos from current events and send them off to multiple people! Maybe even include a mix cd from your latest playlist.
Send a book through Amazon when it’s not their birthday. All it takes is a few clicks, but those clicks can say a lot.
Send a letter to a soldier. No matter your politics, as Americans we must recognize the bravery and hardships of our soldiers overseas. Please, if you can, take the time to let one know that we care and support them as individuals. You can find contacts and addresses at this site.