I was thinking the other day about how everyone loves to receive a letter in the mail. Not email, but good old fashioned brought by the postal worker in an envelope mail. Society has become so technology based that the idea of sending someone written correspondence rather than an email is just not thought of or used very often, but it should be for the sheer pleasure it brings.
What do we love about birthdays and holidays? The cards that we receive in the mail. That old fashioned, someone took the time to get a card, sign it by hand, write out an envelope and mail it. That personal touch means something more than an email or Facebook posting. It means a person cared enough to put a little extra time and effort into sending their wish. You don’t necessarily have to write it out by hand, but that does add an additional personal touch. A letter or card that stands out from the stack of bills brings everyone a bit of pleasure.
Back when I was a child/teenager I had pen pals. These were people of the same age as me that I had never met, but we had all contacted an organization looking for pen friends in other countries and were connected. At one time I had several pen friends in countries around the world. I am still in contact with one friend, Waana, who lives in New Zealand. Unfortunately we don’t correspond by “snail mail” anymore and are connected on Facebook, but somewhere I have all the letters I ever received from her packed away. It was a special friendship, a connection that could not be had elsewhere.
As I was writing this blog I did a search online and discovered International PenFriends, an organization that exists today for the purpose of joining people from different countries who will correspond by postal mail. If you do a Google search for Pen Pal Organizations you will find several with different criteria including international, domestic, and even prisoners who desire pen pals. You may wonder why one would want to write to a stranger, someone they have never met, when they have enough hustle and bustle in their world. The reason is simple, writing to someone and sharing aspects of your life is rewarding. Once you get into the habit you will likely find pleasure in sending out those letters, including photos and other trinkets that represent your life or the area where you live. You will also get to experience the joy of opening up the mailbox and finding a letter from someone that is personal, a sharing of their life with you.
Handwritten letters are treasured. Think of how exciting it is when you find letters or cards that were written by parents, grandparents or others who are now deceased. You treasure those items. Written personal correspondence takes you back to a time when things were more relaxed. When that letter arrives you are not sitting in front of a computer screen with it one of many in your inbox, you are holding the envelope in hand, look at the stamp, if handwritten notice the stationary, sit back in a chair and enjoy the pleasure of reading a letter written on a piece of paper.
Venture out into the world of writing to someone, even someone who is not likely to respond such as an elderly relative or someone suffering from disease or illness. Your letters or cards will bring that person joy, give them hope and something to look forward to. In giving to others you reap the rewards of satisfaction providing another person with the happiness. If you receive a card or letter in return then you will know the pleasure such acts bring. Enjoy!