The Letter Project

Mailing Letters

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I can’t take credit for the idea for today’s post.  It actually came to me a couple of weeks ago through a letter I got in my mailbox at school…

Going to college so close to home, it’s kind of a rare occurrence that I actually have something in my school mailbox, as most things that are sent to me normally arrive at my home address.  Needless to say, any time I check my mail at school and do have something in there, I get a little excited (and who doesn’t like getting mail?).

So a few weeks ago I checked my mailbox at school and lo and behold there was a small envelope with just my name written on it.  I opened it up to find a really sweet letter from an acquaintance at my school.  There was nothing particularly earth-shattering in the letter, it was just one of those letters that is nice to get from a friend on a random Thursday afternoon for no reason.  And it got me thinking…

Why is it that we don’t take the time to tell the people in our life we appreciate them more often?  Why do we wait until things like weddings or funerals to tell people what they really mean to us when we’re given a chance to every single day?

So I’m giving you all homework:

Write someone in your life a letter telling them how they have made a difference in or an impact on your life.  It doesn’t have to be anything really deep.  It can be as simple as thanking them for a smile or one particular conversation that meant something to you.  Sound uncomfortable?  Good.  :) It’s worth breaking out of our comfort zone every once in a while to brighten someone else’s day.

I only have two rules:

  1. You have to write it down (ink and paper, people).  Mail it, if you can.  Emails and text messages are efficient, but this isn’t about efficiency.  There is something about the power of physical letter that can’t be replicated in digital form.
  2. Don’t use this as an opportunity to hit on that girl (or guy) you like.  Choose someone of your same gender.  Make it genuine.

How cool would it be if everyone reading this just took the time to write one letter?  As with most things in life, it starts with you.

Happy writing!

(I would love to hear your feedback from this, too!  Leave a comment or use my contact form to tell me about who you’re writing to, why, and/or reactions you get from your letter.)

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