A few weeks ago I spoke about a letter writing challenge called Write On and if you read that, you’ll know how much I love receiving or writing letters! So I’m absolutely thrilled that there’s a day dedicated specifically to this – because it’s just an amazing thing to do. I’ve shared with you my love for writing letters, a list of ideas of who you could write to if you wanted to and even wrote a letter to you all… However, the one thing that I haven’t shared yet is why I love letters. I thought I’d take a moment to do that today.
Receiving a letter is far more special in my eyes than getting a text or email. It’s so much more effort and feels all that much more thoughtful and considerate. I love receiving letters in the post, they brighten up my day. On the days that I’m sad or if I miss my friends, having a letter to read can really help – whereas a text or email doesn’t quite have the same impact.
Even now, I can think of many letters that I received that made me smile so much. Just thinking about them has put a smile on my face, whilst I type this and has made me feel so relaxed. It makes me feel loved, just remembering the kindness of my friends. One wrote a letter to me that ended with “now stop smiling, your colleagues will think you’re mad”. It made me so happy because I was grinning like an idiot the whole way through and seeing that showed me how well my friend knew me, it just made me laugh! Another friend sent me a card that said “you are awesome” and she included this adorable little inflatable monkey with the card, that I keep on my desk as a reminder that hardwork and dedication can help me achieve my goals (as that’s what she had written in the card). Whilst another friend surprises me with random letters asking me how I am, how my blog or job is going, if I’ve opened up my etsy store etc… All of the things that she could ask me by text or phone but she thought she’d write to me and I love that. It shows that no matter how far away you may be from your friends, they’ll always carry you with them in their heart.
So if you’ve taken nothing away from this week then take this message: write a letter to someone, tell them how thankful you are to know them, show them that you care – trust me, you’ll make them happy. And they’ll remember it for a while. Surprise someone – I still get told about the time I surprised a few friends with some cards when they needed it most. That little gesture of thought and care is something they still talk affectionately about and appreciate. Do it, you’ll be thankful later.