How long has it been since you picked up a pen and paper and wrote someone a heartfelt note of appreciation or love? Did you notice what a creative act it has become to actually put pen to paper and scribe words that express emotion?
I recently had this experience. I created the opportunity and took the time to actually write something to someone. The words suddenly become very important. How should I express my deep feelings is such a personal way? Five years ago, even two years ago, this would have meant nothing to us. In today’s fast paced, electronic communication age, words have almost become cheap - flung to the masses with expedient hopes that you would not have to express the same message to individuals in time consuming face-to-face encounters.
Sure, writing a note is not a terribly personal mode of expression. But, I thought, has this person ever even seen my actual handwriting? The very act of creating each letter gave each word added weight and meaning. I found myself choosing my words very carefully, much as an artist would choose paint or brushes; I wanted to give true expression to true and genuine feelings. Then something unique happened...
I received a hand written note in return! I poured over it; I savored it. This was no electronic mark, recorded for mass consumption, stored in everyone’s cache, cheapened by its very mode of expression. This message was for me alone. These words were created by a person, formed letter by letter with the skill of their hand. These words were thought out; no easy erase or undo function here. I know I’ve seen this particular handwriting at some point in my life - but I can’t remember when. My note, after much study and contemplation, was folded away in my purse, right next to all of the other important items I need to have at ready access. The next time I feel alone or sad, I guarantee you I will reach for it. It’s message may not meet the need of that particular moment but the knowledge that at some point in time this person cared enough for me to create it will strengthen me, will enlighten me, will encourage me, will warm my soul and make me smile.