When I was little, the internet was just starting to make its appearance. Instead of playing games online, we played board games. Instead of searching for information on Google, we used books and encyclopedias to find the answers. Instead of sending an email, we would send a letter by snail mail.
Writing letters was my passion through my teenage years. It was my way to connect with friends I had met in Europe on a Guiding trip, it was a way to share the secrets I was too afraid to speak and it was tons of fun checking the mail daily for a letter from one of my pen pals. The mailman must have had so much fun delivering our letters as we continued the fun on the envelopes with jokes, sneak previews and words of praise for our delivery person.
Nowadays it is rare to get a personalized letter. Think of the last time you received one? Maybe a photo card at Christmas? A birthday card from your Grandmother? Most people opt for the quicker, cheaper way of send an impersonal email rather then taking the time to put pen to paper and create a master piece. But remember how you felt as you held that tangible paper in your hand and you read the words in the unique handwriting of your family member or friend?
A letter can communicate things that an email never could and goes lot deeper then words typed on a computer screen. First of all, think about the paper they are written on. Somebody has taken the time and effort to select the paper or card they are written, chosen a writing device to best get their point across and poured out their heart on paper. A handwritten letter is something that can provide healing or encouragement with its physical presence. It can be stored in a box, wallet or bible and read over and over again without the need for power or Wifi. Most importantly, a written letter allows the writer to slow their train of thought and say what they are thinking without being rushed or emotionally charged. It is a chance to express all your thoughts and emotions fully without being interrupted.
Hallmark Canada challenged me to a 7 card challenge. I was encouraged to connect with family and friends in a way that reflects our signature relationship through style, creativity and personality. I was presented with a handful of beautifully crafted cards, stamps and the freedom to rekindle my love for letter writing. I picked seven special people in my life. I selected cards that suited their character – spirited, stylish, thoughtful, or pick me up from the Hallmark Signature, Shoebox and Gallery collection and let my imagination go! My love for letter writing inspired my son to connect with an old friend that moved away, inviting them to become a penpal.
I dare you to take the 7 Card challenge.
Who in your life could you send one of these cards to?