The Lost Art of the Handwritten Note

Do you ever wish that you got less junk mail or just more meaningful items in the mail?

Well, for those that know me well know how much I enjoy writing cards. In fact, I have gotten to a point that I am never without a card for a given occasion because I value my card collection so much. I especially enjoy finding unique cards at small local businesses whether it be in Albuquerque or other places that I travel.  

To me, card writing to me is therapeutic and I have recently challenged myself to write more cards than I already do for birthdays and other life events. I know how much I enjoy receiving a card in the mail and I imagine the people I send cards to feel the same sense of appreciation and recognition. Therefore, I remind myself of that when I send cards to individuals in my life.

I challenge you to pick up a box of cards next time you are at the store and begin writing, or better yet support a local business that sells cards. Maybe instead of the quick, “Hey, how’s it going" text, or the generic Happy Birthday post on social media to a friend, you should consider writing a card. That is what I prefer anyways and many other people do as well, but it is no longer a common practice. In our culture and society we seemed to have lost touch with the tangible card for so many reasons, but I believe it still has value and that it is far more meaningful that any text or post.

I am proud to give cards to people and I am even happier to receive a card, especially if it is out of the blue. Further, the sentimental value of a card is much stronger than a text that will be lost among the text chain. Plus, how often do you think you will scroll back and look for an uplifting text when you need it most when you can hold onto a card that has so much more meaning?

There are so many reasons and excuses for that matter that people use to not communicate with one another in writing, but at the end of the day, it’s not that hard to slow down and take a few moments to compose your thoughts on paper for a card. And after all, the person receiving it is bound to appreciate it.

Of course, this practice is not for everyone. However, I am a strong believer that exchanges like this have a much greater impact than the behaviors that we have grown to become so consumed of, such as texting, tweeting, and posting on social media, that we are consumed by in today’s technologically advanced world. The memories and gratitude for the ones we love and care about deeply can be captured with more long-lasting value in a card than through our phones that we are so attached to.

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