Friday, August 28, 2015

The Importance of Writing Letters



When was the last time that you got a letter -- handwritten, pen and paper? Whether it was yesterday, last year, or even years ago, you probably remember it and who it was from. Most likely, you still have it hidden away in a safe place. There is just something special about a handwritten note that no one can deny.

Writing someone a letter takes thought and time and intentionality. I feel like when you write something in your own handwriting, it's the next best thing to your own voice. You're putting a little piece of you in every letter of every word that a pre-designed digital font just can't convey. There is an added level of sincerity that is lacking in other forms of communication. 

When was the last time you wrote someone a letter? Who would you write it to right now? I challenge you to write that person a letter. You don't have to put much planning into what you want to say, just start. I find that when I don't know what to say, if I just start writing, it comes to me. 

A few months ago, I found a letter that I had written to myself years ago, and it was quite interesting.
It makes sense to write to someone else, but take it one step farther. Write to yourself. That might sound weird, but trust me. Try it. Write yourself a letter. Be completely honest and tell yourself where you are in life, what you're going through, and where you want to be in the future. Then seal it, hide it somewhere you don't check often, and forget about it. Eventually, like me, you will find it, and you might be surprised about what you were thinking, where you were, and what was important to you when you wrote it.

3 comments:

Anna Kirk said...

So this just made me cry a little. I think I'll go write a letter to myself : )

Erika said...

Hi Sarah - I just shared your post on my blog, hope you don't mind! You can see it HERE.

Sarah Bonham said...

Not at all! Thank you, Erika!