Did you ever have a chore that turned out to be an unexpected blessing?
I love it when that happens.
I don’t know why, but it just seems like a gift from God – one that’s all gift wrapped in a pretty package and just waiting for me to open it up. That’s particularly true when it’s a chore I’ve been procrastinating.
My unexpected blessing was…
… a stack of notes.
Part of the etiquette for being a good consultant for a party business includes writing Thank You notes for all the orders that are placed.
Not phone calls.
Not even post-it notes stuck to the windshield.
We’re talking snail mail.
Actual cute stationary written on with an actual pen. Then you… wait for it… put it in the mail with a stamp.
Shocking, I know. In a world of high tech everything, it feels like a step back into the dark ages.
When my mentor started talking about sending hand-written notes, I confess I did a mental eye roll. Seriously. I thought to myself that there just HAD to be a high tech replacement for something as archaic as a hand written note in my mailbox.
I put the whole thing on a back burner and just… ignored it.
Then I started getting notes in MY mailbox. Not just from my mentor either. I’ve gotten them from MULTIPLE women in my group. When I got the first one or two, I did the mental eye-roll thing. I figured I would just toss them in the trash… a photo on my Facebook page would have been just as good.
Yeah… the little notes started piling up on my desk.
And I realized I looked forward to checking the mail a little more often. Even though I get digital “cards” posted on Facebook all the time, it’s just not the same.
Mixed in with the junk mail and bills, each little note was it’s own tiny ray of sunshine.
Piled in a stack on my desk, they became a force all their own. I look at the stack and I feel… cared about, connected, and encouraged.
Today, I was blessed.
I needed to send a receipt to a customer. By mail.
I needed to send a check to a friend.
The next thing I knew, I had a whole stack of little notes written and addressed and ready to mail.
It. Felt. Good.
Even if most of them get an eye-roll, I know they have the potential to become someone’s ray of sunshine.
I LIKE being a ray of sunshine.
I had forgotten how good it feels to sit down and write a note or a letter instead of a quick text or email. I had forgotten the special way that a pen feels when it writes on stationary instead of scratch paper.
I want more!
Am I the only woman who forgot how good it feels to write letters? Are there other eye-ball rollers out there?
Are there any die-hard letter writers left? If so, do they have any tips or observations for the rest of us?
1. Write big.
2. Use a thick marker to write even bigger.
3. Start with the phrase “Thank you for…” and fill it in.
4. Write one more sentence and a smiley face.
5. Sign your name.