I work in the tech field, and as such, rarely use pen and piece of paper to convey a message anymore. These days all my correspondences are via email, text, IM etc. It seems that no one sends letters anymore. Letters, not long emails, but letter that involve a stamp, and nice stationary, and paying attention to how your writing comes out on a piece of paper.
I’m a sucker of such things. One of my most favorite things in life is getting a letter in the mail. I’m not talking about christmas cards, although those are nice too. Those things make an impact. They stick around and makes the sender and the receiver part of a pact. A secret club that only they know. Plus it shows real effort of the part of the sender.
I have a few friends who send me letter and postcards when they travel. I cherish each and every one of those far more than the many emails I get.
Let’s not even get me started on Thank-You notes. I don’t know about you, but my mother and aunt taught me that any time anyone does something nice for you, you send them a note. I think I was 7 when I first learned that lesson, and it still stuck with me.
Thank you note express a deeper gratitude, and nod to the times when politeness, and manners meant something.
Try it for yourself. Buy a pack of notes and keep some stamps handy the next you want feel like someone deserves a thanks. Lets see if we can resurrect an old tradition in the new digital age.
Also, try to make your notes neat. People hold on to those letters for years.