How long has it been since you received a letter that was handwritten and mailed to you? How did you feel when you pulled the envelope out of your mailbox or post office box?
At the risk of sounding a little old-fashioned, I will begin. Last Saturday, I sat down and penned a letter that was a year overdue. Last year I promised my G-Mom and G-Dad I would send a handwritten note to them, often. They loved it.
In return, I would receive 3 page notes typed on the computer, speaking about their married life and their childhood growing up in Marshall, Illinois, with words like these…”Marshall was a stopping point for people driving east or west…we had a garage owned and operated by my Dad which remained opened to 10 p.m….Dad had been to mechanic school and was one of first trained as cars started appearing and was known as the best mechanic in state of IL. He started the late hour opening during the war years to help the military on home leave get home hitch hiking which seemed to be the quickest way.” Meaning of course, during World War II.
Well, as life went on, the handwritten notes became fewer and fewer on my part (not on theirs)…life took over. I am embarrassed to admit that, somehow, in the hurry and flurry of living, that this special, magical connection I had with my G-Mom and G-Dad, was disconnected.
In today’s life we are able to send a text, receive a text (hopefully) within a short amount of time, and communicate within split seconds. There is no more anticipation of going to the mailbox day after day wondering if “so-in-so wrote me.” When our cell phone inbox is filled up, then we simply delete the texts to make more room for more messages.
What makes a handwritten note so important that even a world famous actor like Ashton Kutcher would say, “The power of a handwritten letter is greater than ever. It’s personal and deliberate and means more than an e-mail or text ever will.”
The Charlotte Observer mentions in this article about how 3 different soldiers wrote to the same girl during World War 2. Evangeline read fascinating letters that went like this, “I know that you think that I am crazy for asking you so many times. Did you think the ring idea is OK with you, or is it? I love you.” How fun is that?? Imagine a love-sick, lonely soldier, covered in the dirt and grim of the trenches, penning these words to a girl he hopes one day to hear from.
The Telegraph writes about these juicy lines from Dora to 2nd Lieutenant Cecil, dated June 7, 1916, in this article. “Betty Sowerbutts did tell me at Penrhos that you were keen on me but I’m afraid at that time I didn’t think anything about you – when I left school I liked you just as I liked my other friends and it was not until after you were wounded last year and you came to our house a good deal for tennis that I liked you more than the others who came.”
ThinkEntrepreneurship blog discusses the power of the handwritten note in reference to businesses in this article. They claim that it creates a personal connection with a buyer that cannot be replaced by anything else. Simply thanking a customer for their business or sending a personal note is a way of enhancing your credibility as a company.
How do you feel about a letter?
- Does writing and sending a letter sound old-fashioned or cheesy to you?
- Do you enjoy receiving a personal letter, or would you rather just receive a text?
- Is a personal card in the mail from a business more personal and make you want to be a repeat customer?
- Does receiving a letter make you feel more special, or do you not have a preference?
- Do you keep letters that you receive in the mail, or do you throw them out?
Before you text or email, send a letter. You may be surprised at what you receive.
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