“The physical heft of a letter gives the communication a psychological weight that email and texts just don’t have. Digital communication is ethereal and ephemeral. A letter, on the other hand, is tangible evidence that someone has put thought into their writing. To send that letter, its author had to take the time to get an envelope and a stamp. They then had to check that the address was written correctly to ensure its safe arrival. In short, a physical letter shows that someone took the time to give a damn.” – Brett McKay
When Aryn and I first struck up a conversation during Lewis Howes’ Summit of Greatness, I had a feeling that we would be friends.
I had self-consciously escaped the Summit’s lobby packed full of a mixture of Instagram influencers, fitness coaches and app developers, and found some quiet in a juice bar down the street.
Aryn was in line next to me.
We made some mindless smalltalk while we waited for kale/spinach/apples, but as we waited, the talk turned into deeper, funnier talks about life. Aryn had driven to Lewis’ Columbus, Ohio event from Wisconsin, and was getting ready to take her son down to Key West for their scheduled half-year residency there. Aryn was a massage therapist, wellness coach, yoga teacher, and lived beautifully and mindfully, bartering goods and services with others. She played drums in her sister’s band, jamming cover tunes until the late hours and sometimes jumping up to the mic herself to sing Jolene solo.
But what sealed our friendship was when she suggested that we stay in touch by written letter. That said everything about Aryn.
Our friendship began in small bites. One letter at a time. Revealing our ideas, passions, and dreams one at a time. It was rare. And special.
You know that feeling when you receive a hand-written letter?
When you know that someone took the time to think, write, fold, stuff, address, and mail it?
Today, you have permission (ok, a challenge, if you need that) to write 5 short personal letters.
- Go to your local drug or card store and buy blank cards. (yeah, you could also be a superstar and just make them).
- Write some words of thanks to 5 people who deserve it.
- Make your card as long or short as you’d like. But, “Hey, I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for everything you do,” is just damn fine.
- Oh, now … MAIL THEM.
Courage sometimes means taking the time to do something out of our routine. To put ourselves out there a bit. Today, swap texts for a good old handmade letter.