I received a very nice and interesting letter from a reader over the weekend. Not an e-mail, mind you, but an actual two page, single-spaced letter on real stationery, sent to my actual address.
The young woman who wrote to me had some very wise insights to share about differences between the generations, but it also got me thinking about the differences between e-mail and a letter. As someone who receives hundreds of e-mails, don't get me wrong, I appreciate each one. But the time that goes into writing and sending a letter, the fact you physically hold it in your hands and it becomes a part of your life, all come together to create a unique feeling. Of course, one of the most delightful parts of receiving a letter is that an instantaneous response is not expected--nor even possible.
For many people, the only thing they receive in the mail are bills. Let's do a small thing to change that, and reserve a slot one day a week for sending just one handwritten letter. Do you have a lonely grandma in your life? Maybe she is just waiting for someone to ask her advice. Or a friend that you've wanted to be in touch with, but never seem to have the time? Well, why not sit down and write her a letter--it will probably make her day.