Today's tip is something I have been doing a little more often lately and have really enjoyed: putting pen to paper.
I have fully embraced this electronic age. I love e-mail and keep up with people I would never keep up with otherwise. I used to create newsletters and do other technical writing projects. I have designed and built web sites for people's businesses. However, there is something wonderful about a hand-written note.
When was the last time you opened your mailbox and got a genuine letter from a friend? If you can remember back that far, I bet it made you feel special and all warm and fuzzy inside. I have thoughtful friends and family members who often send cards and thank you notes. While those are lovely and very much appreciated, I love getting a real live letter in my box.
Recently, a childhood friend and I have reconnected. She shunned my urges to e-mail and said she was much better with letters. ????? OK, I'll give that a try. We have only exchanged a couple of letters so far, but I'm not sure if I enjoy writing or receiving them more. It has been so fun.
After Ike, a woman I roomed with in Paris a thousand years ago sent me a letter to check on me. She lives in New Mexico and couldn't fathom the effects of such a storm. What a wonderful surprise during such a crazy time. I immediately sat down and penned her a three page response giving her all the details of our situation.
During this holiday season, make someone's day. I'm sure there are people you don't get to see or talk to often enough. Right them a letter. Tell them what is happening with you. Do it on some pretty paper if you can. I guarantee it will make you feel good. And you will put a smile on someone's face.