Almost 2 years ago, I started "365 days of gratitude via snail mail
to extraordinarily beautiful souls” and documented the letters on Instagram.
What is snail mail? I have been asked this question by a few folks just
a bit younger than me, so perhaps it’s worth clarifying that it's a hand
written letter received via your post box.
I’m 635 days into this project that I wanted to complete in a year.
Frustrated with my inability to keep up, I felt like quitting many times.
No one would notice an unfinished project that I’m not really accountable
to anyone but myself. Abandoning the project would be the easy thing to do.
However, I am pretty stubborn and determined to conclude before
the 2 year mark. What keeps me going? There’s something to be said for quality.
I’d rather take more time to finish with perseverance than rush through
it just to say I did it. Besides, I get so much joy out of writing letters.
Takes me back to when my grandmothers would send me letters in
their beautiful cursive handwriting telling me about nothing really:
the weather, errands they would run or bits of family news.
There is also something sweet about sitting down with my coffee
in the morning, sun shining through my sheer living room curtains
and telling someone how much they have impacted my life.
In fact, I’d like to tell you, too, how much I have appreciated your
support from across the miles. If you haven’t gotten a letter from
me or want another one, please reply with your postal mailing address.
I get a chuckle every time I ask someone for their address and
they send me their email rather than postal address.
Doesn’t anyone write by hand anymore?
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