I love people who are encouragers! I have a friend that sends cards at just the right time, and I find myself thinking, “I wish I had done that.” It is amazing how a note of encouragement or a letter will transform your day.
I tend to be someone who moves way too fast in an already fast-paced world. My mind thinks that I should send a handwritten note to a person who has accomplished something or just needs a little encouragement, but then I become distracted and let the moment pass.
Now mind you, I am fully stocked on beautiful stationery and pens. In fact I love pens and beautiful inks—a wonderful thing I learned from Alexandra Stoddard. I have the materials ready to use, in the right-hand drawer of my desk, along with stamps. Even then, many times I still let the moment pass.
I have a new plan. First thing in the morning when I get to my desk, I will write appropriate notes before I get my day started. If I don’t, then I never get back to it. In the quiet of the morning, I can best collect my thoughts and words.
There is something very therapeutic about ink flowing across the paper and the sound of the pen as each letter is formed. Expressing gratitude, condolences, and congratulations gives an opportunity to reach out to a friend to let them know they are remembered.
I know how I feel when I get a letter, card, or note. I put that envelope aside, and after the bills and other less personal mail is read and handled, the ceremony of opening the handwritten correspondence begins. Each word resonates in my mind as I read it.
Encouragement comes in many forms. The important thing is for the person to know they were thought of fondly and remembered for a moment in our day.
In the days ahead, I want to become an encourager and make a difference. You never know who needs a little note from a friend to get them going and on their way to a better day.
What is your favorite memory of a note or letter?