Three Reasons to Love Letter-Writing
No matter what some think or say or preach, letter-writing is not, and I don’t think will ever be, a lost art. While email is all good and wonderful, there’s nothing quite like a sweet piece of mail landing in our mailbox.
While I am very much on the social media train, I embrace the simple, old pleasures of life. Letter-writing is one of them. Here’s why:
ONE. Staying in touch. As I grow older and lives get more complicated, distance between friends increases and time seems to pass in the blink of an eye, I’ve found I’ve truly begun to appreciate the beauty of letter-writing. Yes, texts, emails and phone calls have all become standard ways of keeping in touch and sharing experiences with the ones we love, and do not get me wrong, I am thankful each day for the wonderful world of technology and the ways it allows me to be connected, but there is something so raw and beautiful about sitting down to write a note to a friend across the country. Reaching into the mailbox has become a favorite time of day for me, and if I can bring a smile to someone’s face with a sweet note from the mailbox, that 49 cent stamp and few minutes of my time is worth it all the more.
TWO. Expanding friendships. It seems like every day, I discover a new reason to love this wonderful creative community I’m so lucky to be a part of. While this community would not exist without the Internet, I’m so thankful that there are other ways to connect with people from afar. Through this blog, I’ve established friendships with some of the most kind-hearted and talented people from across the globe, and while these friendships exist in the virtual world, letter-writing is a pastime I’ve taken to to stretch these friendships into another realm. There is something indescribably comforting and heartfelt about holding a physical note from half-way across the world in my hands from a friend I’ve established a bond with via the blogging world. It's a beautiful thing, my friends.
THREE. Relax, unplug and appreciate the simple things. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the everyday and the constant flow of messages from the world wide web, taking a few minutes to unplug is a necessary luxury. One of the best ways to do so is to sit down with no phone, computer or tablet, a cup of tea, pen and paper and just write away. Whether it be a journal entry for yourself or a letter to a dear friend, putting pen to paper and telling a story is a refreshing change. It allows me to revert back to the simple things and to appreciate the quiet moments.
I recently came across Treat Cards by Shutterfly. While I’ve been a long-time user of Shutterfly (hello pretty personalized calendars!), Treat is an extension that I had yet to explore until a couple of months ago. When Treat sent me a few of their cards, that was it. I was hooked. Their cards are something truly special. They are not just your typical greeting card – Treat cards add the element of thoughtfulness to the process of letter-writing.
I urge you to check out the Treat website and browse for yourself, but here are some of my favorites.
Adorable, right? I know if I were to pull one of those babies out of my mailbox, it would certainly put a smile on my face. So tell me friends, what do you love about letter-writing?