Monday, April 16, 2012

The Great Letter Writing Campaign

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. ~Phyllis Theroux

A letter can make a person's day or break a person's heart.

Consider a sincerely felt thank you letter. You are letting the person know that you appreciate the thought and effort they put into giving you a gift. You are telling them you know and appreciate the time it took to show you how much they care. You are showing them that you care that they care.

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. ~Lord Byron

Consider the "Dear John..." letter. No, wait, that's not the kind of letter we're going to be writing here.

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp. ~Author Unknown

Consider the "How was your day? This is what's going on in my life..." letter. This is the best kind of letter. It tells the recipient that you, the writer, think enough of them and care enough about them to sit down and write about the mundane aspects of your life. You may not think you have anything to write about, but just consider that the person on the receiving end will probably think differently.

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call. ~Liz Carpenter

My grandmother wrote a letter every day of her life (I think). I know that she wrote a letter to my brother every week he was in prison. She lived far from her sisters and long distance phone calls were precious. She wrote letters to them. She didn't write about exciting things. She wrote about going to the nursing home to visit and that her granddaughter helped her bake bread that week. These are the little things that let the recipient know you care. Why does this let them know that? Because you want them to be a part of you life, even the mundane parts.

There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters... I could be their leader. ~Charlie Brown

Everyone needs a little love in the mailbox. So, I'm starting a letter writing campaign. I propose that we write a letter every day for 30 days. I am going to start tomorrow. Anyone else interested in joining in?

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