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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Permalink 01/17/11 14:58, by auntiedoris, Categories: News, Inspirational , Tags: clearpoint, direct, letter, writing

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As ‘Blue Monday’ passes, officially the most depressing day of the year (who thinks of these things and better yet how do they work out that this particular day is more depressing than other Mondays?), I got to thinking of the last time I received a letter in the mail.

You know, the kind that you have to go outside for, they have a hand written address on them and they do not contain bills. When I was a wee lass I used to write to my grandmother religiously and both of us waited eagerly for the next letter. When did it stop being ‘cool’ to send a letter?

With the growing popularity of the internet and everyone with a pulse having an email address, even if some of us still don’t know what is for, is the art of letter writing dead or is it in a ‘mid season slump’?

I hope for the latter, I want my children, their children and their children’s children to experience the joy of receiving a hand written letter in the mail. Lovingly addressed to them in beautiful script with a real been hand applied stamp.

Receiving a lifeless email with attached digital photo’s does not arrive with the same euphoria as a hand crafted well thought out letter with clear family photo’s inside. How do we stop this slow decay of letter writing? Simple! We find a piece of paper, a pen that works and we start with one simple word: Dear.

After that, let the words flow. When you are finished fold the letter loving and head off to the post office for an envelope and stamp. Do not think of this as a chore but rather an ‘outing’. A mini adventure if you will. While you are there peruse the nearby shops and make an afternoon of it.

I can guarantee whom ever you send that letter to will definitely forget about the winter blues when they see in their mail box, not a bill or flyer but a letter from you!

Get writing, and give some life back to the art of letter writing. You will be glad you did.

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