Yesterday, I received a letter in my mailbox at work that was a bit out of the ordinary. When I saw it, I immediately opened and read it. A colleague who was in the mail room at the same time as me saw the excited look on my face and asked me about it…
The letter was a handwritten response to a note that I had sent to someone I met at a conference a few weeks ago. She and I got along quite well and when I got back to the office, I wrote to her telling her how much I enjoyed meeting her. But I didn’t send her an email. No, I had sent her a handwritten note by “snail mail.”
Her letter back to me told me how much she had enjoyed getting my note and it was “just what she needed to receive” on a day when work and life seemed to have become so impersonal. She said that the fact that I took the time to send a handwritten note conveyed to her that I, too, felt the strong kinship she felt and it meant a lot to her that I took the time to do something out of the ordinary just for her.
The Mister and I had been debating about sending handwritten Christmas cards this year. Twice I’ve had a box of cards in my hand but didn’t buy them because the cards seemed perfunctory. But, as Dallas Morning News writer David Flick notes,
Electronic communication is efficient, convenient and cheap. It is not charming. It is not thoughtful. It tells friends and loved ones that sending them a Christmas card takes up time you could spend more productively.
Christmas cards, the old fashioned-handwritten ones, are about showing the recipients that you care about them and are thinking about them.
And isn’t just a few minutes of time and a postage stamp worth it to make someone’s day?