Grateful Living

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  1. it must be mailed via that logistical dinosaur, the U.S. Post Service (an email to the person does not count)


The medium of communication matters. Handwriting a note or letter is a long-form endeavor, and there are ideas and degrees of gravity that will be expressed best in that writing. Many nuances get easily lost in an email, text, or even a phone call. Often handwriting something is the most truthful way to convey an idea, thought, or emotion.


In our age of instantaneous and shallow, a handwritten note is tremendously valuable. Someone, perhaps a continent or world away, had to find stationery, get a pen, sit down, and write out something to you while thinking about YOU. It is a fantastic sense of connection, and it requires effort to organize, write, and mail; effort that someone spent on YOU.


The “thank you” notes I’ve written so far have been amazingly impactful. I’ve sent notes to childhood friends, former pastors, long-distance relatives, and even people I see and communicate with regularly in person. In response from recipients, I have received phone calls, several notes back, and a variety of texts thanking me for the handwritten communication. (Even got one handwritten letter in reply.)


Writing “thank you” notes is an excellent exercise in putting others first and attempting to serve them. It’s a great reminder that other people in the world face the same problems, challenges, and seasons of life as we are, and that they need encouragement, bolstering, and care just as much as we do.

Moving forward:

Do you take time to intentionally thank individuals in your life?

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