I had a thrill this past week. On one visit to the mailbox, I found a letter from my oldest grandson. He’s sent me many texts and emails, but never a letter. Nothing brings a smile to my face faster than finding a letter in the mailbox. It will go into my memory box so I can read it and feel the joy it brought in the years to come.
As I’ve noted before, I love writing letters (see my blog about letters from 2014). Even though some think it’s an ancient mode of communication, letter writing still has the power to brighten someone’s mood. Even when I’m having a terrible day, a letter in the mail pushes all my troubles aside and brings a smile to my face. It’s a reminder that someone was thinking of me.
The ability to bring cheer to someone is a superpower available to everyone who can read and write. You don’t have to be a fantastic writer. It doesn’t matter if everything is spelled right or not; it’s not being graded. It doesn’t have to be a long discourse. Even a short note is a sign of affection.
To write a letter, start with the name of who you’re writing to. Ask how they’ve been. Tell them what you’ve been doing. During the pandemic, there may not be a lot to report so tell what you’ve been thinking. Include a Bible study. Talk about an event. If you type it on the computer, include a photo or two. Then wish them well and sign your name. As a post script, you can do like my grandson and finish by bestowing the force on them. That’s all it takes. Very simple. It’s a great thing to do at night while you watch TV or listen to music.
I write to one elderly lady who tells me she’s scared to write me back because I write books and she can barely write a note. While that made me very sad to hear, she opted to call me instead. I was very happy to hear from her, but I don’t have anything to put in my memory box to read after she’s gone. That’s the biggest blessing of a letter.
I urge you to write one person this week. Take a few minutes and write a few lines. It doesn’t have to be fancy. The main thing is to tell someone you’re thinking of them. It’ll cost you 55 cents, but it’ll be worth it. With all the turmoil in the world, what greater gift could you give someone than the gift of a smile and a lighter mood. So do it!