The mail arrived at your house today. Among the junk mail coupons and the envelopes filled with responsibility, you notice something new. A beautiful envelope, a trendy stamp, and a handwritten address with your lovely name on it. It looks well traveled as if went on a cross country adventure to get to you. You turn it over, tear the seal and find a postcard inside from your college roommate you’ve lost touch with ever since adulting became a real part of your life. It is heartfelt, honest, and wonderfully simple. She misses you, wanted to say hello, and see how you are doing.
How does this make you feel? Answer… AMAZING! LOVED! WARM AND FUZZY!
When was the last time you sent a hand written paper letter to a friend or loved one? With technological communication rapidly becoming second nature, the nature of connection on human level is becoming alarmingly nostalgic for many. While sending paper mail requires what feels like a huge amount of effort these days, it is that exact effort that makes it impactful. It is the effort, practically more than the words, that makes receiving that letter the silver lining to someone’s day.
We challenge you to choose someone whose relationship is important to you and send them a thoughtful letter. Is it that friend you forget to call because you are always too tired after work? Your sister who you miss ever since she moved up north with her husband? Your grandmother who despite your best efforts, you only see every couple months? Whoever it may be, write them a note, stick it in the mailbox and make their day.
I leave you with a small anecdotal story that perhaps inspires your new pen pal tradition. My Nanna, now 93 years old, is an incredible woman who is thoughtful beyond measure. Her birthday cards arrive in the mail on your birthday without fail and has maintained friendships with her friends dating back to high school…in the 1930s!
I was visiting her a few weeks ago and noticed a birthday card that had a really cute cover. I opened it and it was filled with mini messages. I asked her what it was and she explained that her and one of her closest friends exchange the same card back and forth every year so they have a fun record of their birthday wishes to each other. I died, how cute is that!?
Anyway, if a pair of 93 year old woman can manage to have a pen pal friendship, why can’t we?