Yesterday, I wrote … with a nice black felt tip pen, not a word processor … twelve thank you notes. And when each one was finished, I couldn’t help but admire the curls, the angles, the varying thickness in the letters and, I imagined, that the recipients would be equally pleased by the appearance — not to mention the delivery of a hand written note.
Admittedly, it would have been easier and far less time consuming to just pound out a template, print twelve times, fold, address, and mail off with my signature at the bottom — BUT, in my humble opinion, that’s not really expressing gratitude, is it? Not when the people that I was thanking took more than a few hours from their lives to do something that benefited me, not them. They deserved more than a processed piece of multipurpose paper and ink dropped from a cartridge. They deserved to be told that I was truly thankful for what they had done in a hand written note, regardless of the fact that technology has blessed us all with the ability to write our words in Word.
Note, this is a partially a repost from a while back but since it hit the mark I opted to put it up again. On another note, because it cannot be overlooked, today, of all days, think about what it is that makes our country and our people so great. Remember the lives lost, the lives forever changed and remember the gut-wrenching feeling you had fourteen years ago when you began to slowly learn of the tragedy that hit our nation. Then take out a piece of paper, take a pen, and write — do not type — a thank you note to someone … maybe the waitress that gave you an extra serving, the mailman who put your delivery in plastic so it wouldn’t get wet, the teacher that stayed after to be with your child when you were running late. Thank someone today — irrelevant of political party or other affiliation — for just doing what they do to help make this country a great place to live. #Remember911
Today’s post inspired by The Daily Prompt – Handwritten: “When was the last time you wrote something by hand? What was it?”