If you follow me on Instagram, you are likely aware of my love for snail mail. Checking the mailbox after work is one of my favorite parts of the day, unless of course it is empty. Sending letters and notes of encouragement may be a thing of the past, but for me this act is alive and well.
I believe there is always a reason to celebrate life, encourage a friend, or send some love. Sending snail mail shows an extra measure of intention and makes for a fun little surprise when least expected. We are a generation of instant gratification lovers, desiring a quick response and satisfaction through a texting conversation or phone call. We also glorify social media and get into a habit of thinking liking a Facebook status or double hearting an Instagram post is enough to share our support for someone. All good measures, but snail mail will forever be a game changer to me in this fast paced life.
Even if I am expecting a letter or package, receiving and opening it always contains an element of surprise. Sending snail mail gives a sweet surprise to friends and family when they least expect it. I am amazed at how many times I have received something unexpectedly at just the perfect time or how a friend gets my letter right when they needed it.
Giving gifts is my thing and I am passionate about sharing physical aspects of love. Receiving an actual card for my birthday means significantly more than the 100+ posts I receive on Facebook from distantly removed friends that only remember my birthday because it is on the side of their news feed. Gift giving is a beautiful thing and sending cards is a low cost commitment with high return for making others feel especially loved.
Remember Important Dates
I alluded to this above, but sending snail mail helps me keep track of important dates to celebrate like birthdays and anniversaries. Letters are fun to receive anytime, but to know someone is intentionally thinking about you on your special day is top notch.
Tell me a story about a time you received fun snail mail!
Maybe even send a card to a stranger today.
Labels: a day in the life