Perhaps it is from my love for the art of writing that another love quickly spun into my life many years ago. It’s an ancient practice. One that takes a few minutes to complete. An action that does not require sophisticated talent. With an eye open for sales, the cost is very minimal. Sounds pretty simple, right? It is. Yet it is rarely seen in today’s society. It is called… writing a note.
Now, I understand the quick accessibility that technology has provided through the invention of e-mail, a short text or even a Facebook shout-out. I also get it that everyone is very busy through the lifestyles we are choosing (key word there!) to live in America. However, I do believe that there is great power in both receiving AND sending a note/card to another individual.
Phyllis Theroux once said, “To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” I agree with her. Your thoughts, your emotions, your smile, your heart. These can all travel many miles when we cannot be there in person. I also believe that although many people enjoy receiving a note in the mail, it is also very powerful to be the writer. You are not just giving the friend a note with a few words on it; you are giving him/her your time. You are not just buying stationary and a stamp; you are buying the magic of warming someone’s heart from miles away. “I love you.” “I care about you.” “I’m praying for you.” “I’m thinking about you.” These are the feelings that are transmitted when one mails a note.
My wish is that my children will see the power of sending a note as I model the behavior for them. However, even if they do not take a special liking for this art form, it is okay – I will still continue to send them notes throughout the years because, remember, a note is not just an outdated task that requires a few minutes; it is also sharing your time and heart with another human being, and in doing so, both individuals are left smiling.
Ahmeli…that you will send a quick note to someone this week.