Today’s Gem of Gratitude #178


Today I am thankful for the seemingly lost art of sending and receiving letters. We certainly live in an age when electronic communication via e-mail and text and instant messaging seems to be preferred, and oftentimes for good reason. There are many instances when we need to send and receive information quickly, just as there are times when the preference for sending and receiving information quickly functions more so as a “want” rather than a “need.” And that is okay. Electronic communication was created in part to facilitate the completion of our day-to-day activities and to make our lives a little more efficient, and in many ways it has served to fulfill that goal.

However, there are times when I still want to receive a physical hard copy of the sentiments of those whom I love and for whom I care. I want to know that they took the time to sit down and think about what was on their mind, what they needed and wanted to share with me. I guess I want to know that not only do they still consider me to be worth the time that it takes to sit down and write an actual letter to me, but also that they are willing to put forth that effort.

Though it is not necessarily always the case, the advent of electronic communication appears to have for the most part eradicated emotion from our communication with each other in this day and age, and that is disheartening. I miss that emotion, and I think that the state of society is evidence that that emotion is not only missed by many, but also entirely needed. People need to connect with each other on an emotional level in order to be able to truly relate to each other, empathize with each other, and ultimately to have compassion for one another. Maybe if we start writing letters to each other again we might be able bring emotion back. I am willing, are you? #lovebythedrop

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