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Do you have any cards or letters stashed away, something you received from someone close to your heart?  Maybe from a partner or a lover, or a mother or a daughter.  Maybe words of wisdom from your father, or a special thank you from your son.  Years ago letters and cards posted thru the mail were treasured, tied up in bundles and put away in boxes or drawers for safe keeping, to be read again and savored, sometimes even passed down from generation to generation.  What made them special enough to keep?

I have a few such things tucked away, cards and  letters that touched my heart, words of forgiveness, encouragement, appreciation, love.  What makes them special is not only what they say, but that the words are written in handwriting so familiar, inscribed by hands that touched the page... and touched my heart.  Sometime I trace my fingers across the words, connecting with the energy that formed them.  Emails screened up on the computer don't quite have that same effect, do they?

Letter writing has nearly become a lost art.  It is rare to find anything fun in your mailbox amidst the advertising and bills.  How awesome it is when it happens!  I am blessed to have a wonderful friend who often sends me something fun in the mail. We pick up our mail from the post office a couple times weekly, and nothing brings a smile to my face more than to find her graceful handwriting on an envelope or flat.  I never wait until I get home to find out what's inside.  Like an eager child I must open it as soon as I am back in my car.  I do, and then I smile, warm in the knowledge that she was thinking of me.  Thank  you Annie, for your love, and for adding these wonderful bright spots to my life!

When was the last time you sent someone a handwritten letter or a greeting, or picked up some small item and sent it off with a note, just to say hello?  Don't think about it... DO IT!  You'd be surprised at the reactions you might receive from a parent who is missing you, a child away at college, a brother you don't see often, or a friend who is going thru tough times. It doesn't have to be eloquent or fancy, it doesn't have to be paragraphs and pages long.  Just share what's in your heart and mail it off!  I promise that small act will create ripples of happiness in the universe.  And on top of that... it's fun! :-)

8 comments:

  1. What a great post Josie -- and great suggestion too!

    I think one of my challenges is that I always think... I need to have time to write a long note.... :) just do it! love it!

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    1. Thanks Louise! I think it's true that we tend to make it a more time-consuming effort in our minds than it needs to be. It is all about finding something in the mailbox from someone who cares about you, not about how much they wrote, or that they had profound things to say.

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  2. Josie, you are absolutely spot on. There is nothing like receiving a letter that someone has taken the time to sit and write.
    I have a penpal whom I have been writing to for over 20 years and I still get excited every time I see a letter from him. We have only met once but we've been through marriage, break-ups, babies and anything else that life has thrown at us and all through the medium of handwritten letters. Even with emails, skyping, facebook etc, I don't think that that will ever change for us. :D

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    1. Wow Lily, that's a wonderfully long pen-pal relationship that started long before the days of instant e-mail. I'm betting the two of you know more about each other than anyone else does, and what a wonderful gift of true friendship that is!

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  3. I find it very weird that I'm neither sentimental nor nostalgic. If a card isn't handmade, I read it, think a good thought, then toss it. The last handwritten note I got was death wishes from Stud's ex-family members. Didn't keep that either.

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    1. I don't save everything I receive, Lotta Joy, but special things that touch my heart I do. I've shredded/burned a couple letters that weren't so loving, sounds like the last one you got falls into that category. Why do people take the time to put all that negativity on paper, when it could be spent so much better doing something that makes them happy - or maybe in a rather disturbing way it did?!!

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  4. Well, Josie, you know how I feel. I do think it is important to make it clear, to take the time, to show you care. It does matter...to show it and to know it. Hugs.

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    1. You are so right, Annie... it DOES matter, relationships require energy and effort to maintain... and you do that so very well! :-)

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