I found this really beautiful quote the other day.
“Because sending a letter is the next best thing to showing up personally at someone’s door. Ink from your pen touches the stationary, your finger touches the paper, your saliva seals the envelope, your scent graces the paper. Something tangible from your world travels through machines and hands, and deposits itself in another’s mailbox; their world. Your letter is then carried inside as an invited guest. The paper that was sitting on your desk, now sits on another’s. The recipient handles the paper that you handled. Letters create a connection that modern and impersonal forms of communication will never replace.”
It might be a common quote, you may have seen it before (since I plucked it off somewhere from the internet), but it makes you give a second thought about letters.
These days, the letters that I received are all bills, promotions, bank statements, etc. It happens only once in a really really long while (or almost never) that I get a handwritten letter. handwritten letters gives me a sense of nostalgia – remember the time when you had no email and handphones and all you could do was to write letters to your friends to tell them secrets? remember the joy you experienced whenever you open the mailbox and a letter sits there waiting for you? remember you felt so nervous about sending out a letter because you’re afraid it never reaches your recipient? I know I definitely remember all the different gush of emotions from receiving a letter, opening it, reading, replying, and finally, sending it out.
But nowadays, we all have technology. A friend is a phone call away,a text message away, or an email away. Having to contact a friend that lives a million miles away from you? No problem, there’s always the internet. We don’t have to write letters to catch up with friends anymore. There’s all these forms of social media that even without contacting them, we still know what is going on in their lives.
But, we shouldn’t let these advancements take over in every aspect because every once in a while, everyone appreciates a handwritten letter, a surprise parcel arriving at their doorstep, or even a surprise visit from you. Sometimes, a personal touch (literally) from you through your letters will warm up their hearts makes them feel more loved than a comment on their Facebook.
When was the last time you received a handwritten letter and when was the last time you gave one out?