It’s true. You may not agree with that statement. You may not want to be a full-time WRITER writer, but you are a writer. Or at least you should be.
There is not one among us who does not love receiving a handwritten note. Even with the price of stamps what it is, we still love it. Even with the speed of e-mail and the cuteness of an e-card, we still love it. Even with the fun of texting and the joy that comes from a quick and witty greeting or response, we still love that moment when we gather the mail and we spot our name written in ink by someone’s actual hand and our eyes flash to see what the return address says.
Oh, we love that moment.
So, here’s the punch line. Do it. Be a writer. Be a writer of handwritten notes. Do it.
Who do you have to say thank you to this week? Who has touched you in a special way and you want to let them know about it? Who is struggling and needs a sweet handwritten “hug”? Who has accomplished something noteworthy? Or finished a project? Or graduated from a program or grade or certification? Who passed a licensing test or received their driver’s license? Who received good news from the doctor or their lawyer or their mechanic? Or bad news?
Who would you like to imagine holding a note, written by you, and smiling? That can happen in just a few days, if you write it today.
How can I afford it? you ask. The answer is simple: plan for it. Pick up a roll of stamps from Sam’s or Costco and have them at the ready. Look at dollar stores and sale bins and everywhere for note cards (or make some yourself). Pull out a basket or plastic tray and line up the cards inserted into the tab of the envelope so they are ready to go. Have your pens and stamps and return address labels ready and convenient. And then, to quote Nike, just do it.
If you send 10 cards a month, that is $5.00 in stamps and $4 or $5 in note cards. Can you spare $10.00 a month? Can you cut one thing out to swing that in your budget? Most of us can. If not, go cheaper on the cards. Use pretty paper and cheap business envelopes. You can still get pretty stationery paper from Wal-mart inexpensively, or Deals. I just picked up an 8 pack of cards from Deals for a buck. That brings the price of 8 handwritten notes to $5.00 ($4 for stamps and $1 for the cards).
What will I say? you ask. It doesn’t have to be profound or prolific or fantabulous…just thoughtful. After you do it a while, you’ll get better at it (if you are struggling now). Just take a moment and address the exact reason you are writing with kindness. That is all that is required. Sign off with thoughtfulness.
How will I find the time? you ask. P.L.E.A.S.E!!! is my sarcastic answer. It does not take but a few moments. If everything is handy, you can whip them out in short order. Not that you won’t take a few extra moments on some; but most of the time it is just a quick thought and gracious appreciation and sealing, stamping, and addressing.
Do NOT … I repeat … DO NOT let the time be your excuse. It can be squeezed into anyone’s schedule.
You can do this. We can all do this. This simple act is worth every moment and every dollar invested. It means that much to the recipients, old and young alike.
Will you join the handwritten note brigade? I’m in!! All in!
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