Thursday, July 22, 2010

We just got a letter, We just got a letter....

Email. IM. Chat room. Video Chat. Text. Facebook. Twitter. When was the last time you used any form of these to communicate with someone? Yesterday? Today? An hour ago? A minute ago? Chances are, yes you have, and I have to include myself in there. And I'm not knocking today's technology by any means. It saves time, and has ultimately resulted in making our world smaller. Communicating overseas no longer takes weeks, but seconds. IM'ing is basically how I met my husband, so of course I have a fondness for it, lol.

But with all this electronic communication, I sometimes feel like there is a disconnect between people. I think my business is a bit of a risk in the 21st Century. Handwritten notes and thank you's are becoming a thing of the past. We are a go, go, go society with no time to sit down, put pen to paper, and tell someone hello, how are you, or thank you. And I think my generation is the beginning of the end for handwritten communications. I can remember my mom always asking us, "Did you send your thank you's yet?" And always the reluctant reply: "No, not yet." It was just a waste of time to sit and think of how to say "Thank you." My Grannie always sends thank you's, and it really is a good feeling to see someone is thankful for something you did. But I can honestly say I can probably count on one hand the number of handwritten notes from anyone my age.

I would like to think I could start a revolution: to make everyone see that e-mail and every other form of electronic communication is missing that "personal" factor. I mean, really, how much longer would it take to grab a card or a piece of stationary and physically write a letter, rather than type it? Granted, there's no backspace key, but would that cause us to truly think about what we say and how we say it? But I know I live in la-la land. You can't ask a society to look backward when they are racing forward.

But maybe, just maybe, the next time you want to thank your mother, sister, brother, best friend, instead of popping them an email, you'll think to write them a note. I bet you'll feel better, the recipient will feel better, and just maybe one day it'll bring peace on Earth! ;)

Until next time...


  1. WONDERFUL idea! Love your thoughts :)

  2. I love this post! i recently heard on the radio about how some camps are banning cell phones and computers and having the kids write letters home instead.

    i think its a great idea and I agree, its always nice to get a card or note in the mail.


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