The experience of writing a card or a letter is a powerful one for me.
We’ve all received a note, card, or a letter in the mail that made us smile. Why is that? Of course, it is nice to know that someone is stopping their daily life to say “I’m thinking about you.” To be acknowledged will always make us feel good.
However, there is an intimate personal connection when it comes to writing a card or letter. It is not as fleeting as a quick email, text, snap, or Facebook message. The act of writing is much more intentional. It’s really an art to connect thoughts and feelings to pen and paper and it uses our most valuable resource – our time. That commitment to the thought of you and that give you that moment in time, is what then sets writing apart from many other ways we acknowledge each other in today’s society.
For that reason, the written word is a real powerful gift. Someone else cares enough to extend more effort, time, and love in showing you that. They are stopping everything in their life to be fully committed to you in that moment of writing to you. In our busy and demanding lives those actions are refreshing. They stand out.
Cards and letters are also gifts because they can be cherished over time. They are much more tangible than emails, texts, or other digital based messages. That is why people save them. For that reason, cards and letters are also the gift that keeps on giving. They become a window into our thoughts and being at moments that might otherwise be lost to time. What a great legacy then to provide notes, cards, and letters to our loved ones. That’s a lifetime gift but also one we can ensure gets passed down. Just think about how powerful it would be to receive a box of letters, cards, and notes from a loved one after they passed away that was filled with correspondence they’ve received over the years and perhaps even letters and notes directed to you.
What a great legacy gift.
So I am making it my mission to revitalize my art of writing to others and I hope you will join me. Start slow – write one card a week. Then build up. You might get an immediate reaction, it might take longer. The reaction may first come from within you, so don’t be surprised. I know I always feel so good after writing.
I don’t know how this experiment will turn out for you but my hopes are high and well wishes sincere. Let us know how it goes. We’d love to hear from you.
As always, keep being amazing!
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Kevin Snyder is a husband, father, and an Orange County estate planning attorney and elder law attorney. He is all about family and has a passion for educating his community. He enjoys helping people protect what matters most and inspiring them to be the best versions of themselves they can be.