The Lost Art of Letter Writing

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Dear Lovely Readers,

I am writing to you today to share my concern over a very important matter. What happened to the hand written letter?

With all the electronic ways of communication, the traditional letter is forgotten, if not laughed at with name calling and eye rolls. Since we can communicate almost instantaneously, why would we want to use snail mail?

I like electronic communication, but sometimes I wonder what happened to the art of letter writing. Don’t you love when you get a little card or note from a friend?

After speaking with others, I found I am not the only one who feels this way. We all love getting letters in the mail. Yet, when we vow to start writing letters to each other it never gets past two or three before we quit. I am just as guilty when it comes to not writing back. Apparently, we are not quite as fond of writing the letters as we are receiving them.

It certainly takes more effort to write a letter. Not only do you have to think about what to write, you also have to find paper, find a pen, determine if it works, find another pen, write the letter, get an envelope, search for an address, address the envelop, buy a stamp, put it in the mail.


It seems exhausting to think about everything when I could just click on my intended recipient’s name to send a message. Why go through all the trouble?

Because it is a lost art.

Because we rely on electronic communications so heavily, it is more special to receive a letter in the mail. Not one of those generic, computer printed Christmas letters you sometimes receive in cards (which are nice in their own way), but a real hand-written on stationary (or even plain paper) letter.

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The written word has a certain beauty when written by hand and it provides lasting memories for the recipient.

So, I challenge you to write someone, anyone. Not an email or instant message, but a real letter. Let me know how it goes by commenting on this post. I think you will find it a positive experience for you and the person you write.

Until next time…

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