Do you recall the last time you sat down and actually wrote a letter by hand and mailed it with a real stamp?
It would seem that in today’s technologically advanced world, handwriting is fast becoming a lost art. Why write a letter when you can send an e-mail and save a stamp? Why trot out to the mail box and drop something in, when you can jump on any one of numerous social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook, and send an IM to a friend. Save your energy, right? Who needs ink when you have qwerty.
I, for one, have horrible penmanship. Always have had. In fact, I can remember a time when my Mom told me that if I didn’t print it, she wouldn’t read it because my penmanship was so atrocious. For years, I printed everything but my signature. Then, somewhere along the line it became easier to just type everything. Letters to friends, birthday cards, etc. If it was from me, you could pretty much guarantee that it was computer generated. The only thing that was written was my signature.
Recently, however, I received a hand written note from a friend (thanks, Dina). It really touched my heart. She had taken the time out of her busy day to actually sit down and put pen to paper. Then she put that note in an envelope, sealed it, affixed a stamp, and trotted to the mailbox. To me, that said that she not only cares about me, but that she values me.
So, I decided that I wanted to be more intentional about sending handwritten notes. So, when my friend Darcy was absent from church a few weeks ago, I wrote a card out. I had the best of intentions, of course. Poor Darcy never received the card. So, when I saw her the following week, I had to apologize to her.
This last weekend, we had a Ladies Tea at our church. The topic was on Women of Influence. As each woman spoke and/or sang, I was again reminded of the handwritten note from Dina and how much it really meant to me. Dina influenced me with that note in that she made me smile SO, I decided that I would be more intentional about writing notes AND seeing to it that the person actually gets them. If being more intentional can influence someone’s day, and make them smile, it’s totally worth it, right?
What are you being intentional about this week?