In the midst of all the technological advances we have experienced over the past 10 years, it seems that we sometimes lose that “personal touch” that comes with a hand written note or card. Even a phone call is much more intimate than a text message or an email. But that is the easiest way to communicate with one another these days, and we all get lost in the hurry and scurry of everyday life.
Perhaps this past few days (for some of us) of being snowed in and unable to get out and run to this errand and that appointment has given an opportunity to slow down and think about what we might be missing in all this busyness of life. One of the goals that I have on my Documented Life Project list is to take a few minutes every week or so and send a card or a hand written note to someone I love. Just because I love them, not because it is a special holiday, or a birthday, or anniversary.
I have many letters and notes that were written to me over the years that are very special to me and I keep them in a little treasure box on my book shelf. And having a great interest in history, I realize that letters are one of our best sources for learning about people who lived before us. I wonder how we will be remembered . . . . will the text messages make any sense to someone reading them (if they still even exist somewhere out there) in 10 or 20 or 100 years from now?
Will our abbreviated, abrupt, and sometimes disconnected email messages have any meaning at all to another generation? And will it even make any difference because the things we “write” about often are quite non-descript and meaningless. Such as “Waz up?” or “What RU doin?” or “LOL” and “IDK.”
So being rather nostalgic in nature, and old-fashioned by nurture, I guess I miss the days when you would go to the mailbox and there might actually be something personal out there. More than junk mail, bills, and solicitations for this political activity or that organization. So I’m determined to do my part in this new year to turn the tide of electronic communications, all by myself, and send a few hand-written letters, notes, and cards to special people in my life. Be watching, I just might be sending one to you!