In this age of high technology we have lost our elegant way of 'staying in touch'. Yes, I have fallen victim to emailing (which is pretty passe these days), the texting and social media.
Then I lament that I never get letters anymore. That's what has happened to our society. The younger generation has no clue of how to sit down and compose a letter. So much is lost in the instant messaging world. That is pretty much what is on my mind this morning.
I was happy to find out (while I was scanning a high tech instrument called the computer. Yes, we can't get away from them, can we?) to see that there are books published on the art of letter writing. In Australia, there is a movement called "Women of Letters" encouraging women to take up the pen again.
We lost so much when we stopped writing to each other. Putting our thoughts on paper tells someone else that you care, that the recevier is someone that means so much to you. You took the time and effort to think of them so it says that you value them as a person, as a friend.
When you are writing a letter you pour your heart into it. So, set the stage. It will cause you to slow down from life's hectic pace. Put a little soft, soothing music on, take out your best stationary and a pretty pen. Maybe sit where you can look out the window and glance up ever so often to gather your thoughts. This is a very special and personal moment.
I have letters that I have kept over the years. I cherish each and every one of them. They tell a story of what was happening at that time of my life. Reading them serves as a reminder of the good times and yes, the bad ones, too. I have the letter my boyfriend wrote me sixty six years ago when he proposed to me. (I wrote back 'yes'). It is a very precious memory, one I can physically take in hand, read and reread any time I choose.
Ten years from now, no one will remember what was said on any certain text message.
How sad is that?
In an effort to "grow old more gracefully" I am challenging myself to sitting down once a month and write a note, a heartfelt note to someone I care a great deal about.
How about it?
Will you take up the challenge with me?