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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Write a Letter

When I was 12 years old, my (step) grandpa up in Kingsburg, CA, passed away. So Grandma left the farm where she'd lived for the better part of two decades, and moved in with us.

I learned a lot from my grandma, but one of the best lessons was about what we now call "connectivity."

You see, Grandma was a fervent letter-writer, and she did it mainly because, as she always said, "If you want to get mail, you have to write letters."

Now, of course, there's a symbolic side to that statement. It's about karma: what we send out, we get back.

But let's be literal for a moment: Don't you love getting a letter from a friend? Hand-written, and with a photo or some other keepsake enclosed?

How often does that happen? Not as often as it used to, I'll bet. And you know why?

You're looking at it. The ease and speed of electronic communication (phones included) has reduced the "burden" of letter-writing. In doing so it has also taken away a nice custom.

Sometimes, amongst my papers, I find notes that I wrote to someone in my family as a kid (or that they wrote to me). My wife and I virtually never do that; we text, leaving no trace.

So write a note, or a letter. Send a photo or trinket. Reach out and touch someone the old-fashioned way. And if Grandma was right, maybe they'll touch back.

And you'll be happier.

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