In this world of instant everything, we’ve come to rely on our computers and cell phones way too much. We send e-birthday cards, text messages instead of calling, and (yes this is true) e-mails to inform our boss that we’re quitting. I’ve seen people walking together texting, presumably, other people. They sit across the lunch or dinner table talking or texting on their phones.
What’s going on? Are we losing written and spoken communication? Once upon a time the only communication was word of mouth. Stories handed down from generation to generation. Then we discovered writing and our stories went out to more people. Then the printing press and stories reached, eventually, all those who wished to read them. Now, we’ve taken a stride backward and forward at the same time. Some now prefer to write in a cryptic e-language.
My point isn’t to color the internet and technology in a dark coat of paint. I love the internet for lots of things. Research, my Fitbit (that’s another blog), and keeping quick contact with friends.
Instead of texting, pick up the phone and call. You may be missing important information that you can’t get in a few symbols.
When you meet with friends, turn off your phone. Give your buddy the luxury and respect of your full attention.
Finally, send cards and letters instead of e-mails. Remember how you felt when you opened your mail box and found that someone took the time and effort to send you a paper and ink card?
I remember back a long time ago when my Dad was in Vietnam. I’d write to him and send him pictures. Letters took several weeks to make the journey across the Pacific. I lost my Dad in that war, but I still have his letters. They aren’t typed e-mails that I printed off. They aren’t e-cards that are stored on my hard drive. They are precious hand-written letters. Important treasures.
I love cards and letters. I have all the cards, and letters my husband and son have ever given me. And, yes, they take up a large tote and a couple of drawers.
I’m a letter lover. Think of all the history we’ve learned from letters send hundreds of years ago. Michelangelo’s letters, Washington’s letters, Jefferson’s letters and so many others. We not only gain an insight into history, but into the person writing. Letters are a treat people can read and re-read. And think of how special someone will feel when they know you took the time and effort to write them a letter.
Begin a one person crusade to revive the letter. Hand-written or typed, take the time to write a letter and give someone a lasting memory.
Do you have a special memory of a card or letter?