An unexpected blessing

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 emails.

Not texts.

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.

Right?

(birds chirping)

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.

the blessing of thank you notes

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!

I’m curious…

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.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. I love hand-written notes. :-) Thank you for sharing the tips.

  2. I do love getting handwritten notes and I don’t send them often enough! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Do it! Order some postcards from MOO – they’ll let you upload a bunch of YOUR photos. If it’s 50 postcards, you could have 50 different images. What a perfect way to show off what you love.

  3. Melinda Stanton says:

    I love this! My mother was a great letter-writer, even to us, and we lived in the same town. This year I've started my "ministry of cards." With my full-time job I can't visit or cook like I'd like to, but I can send cards.
    Well done!

  4. I remember you included a hand-written note with the book I won in your giveaway. I thought that was so cool!

    I agree – I love real, physical notes. I still have some of the notes my husband wrote me over 20 years ago when we first met.

    • I’d forgotten doing that… wow. I’m beginning to think that handwritten notes make a bigger impact now than they did “back in the day” because they’re so rare. Your comment really verifies that for me. Handwritten notes matter.

  5. I always struggle with my handwriting when preparing them but try to remind myself the recipent is probably not judging my penmanship skills. I do love getting them though and should make a point to send handwritten notes more often.

    • That’s the beauty of using a big fat sharpie marker. NO ONE has good handwriting with those things. You can totally blame anything on those pens.

  6. I prefer receiving mails in the form of e-mails as much as the next tech-savvy guy. But your article made me smile and miss the old days.

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