Have you ever gone to dinner with a group and realize that half the time people are on their phones? Have you ever been walking in public and almost run into another person who is walking and looking at their phone? Have you ever seen a crazy car on the road only to realize the driver is looking at their phone?
Welp, I don’t know about you but I sure have experienced each of these scenarios.
It’s crazy to look at the world we live in and realize just how dependent we are on technology.
Can you go more than a day without checking social media? I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if I can!
A few weeks ago when I arrived to work our server and Internet were down. Based on what my job entails, it’s next to impossible to do anything work-related without the Internet and server. So, while we waited on the IT people to help resolve the problem, we found ourselves piled in one office chatting face-to-face. Let me tell ya, this is a rare occurrence to enjoy each other’s presence and not talk about work.
I am someone who loves social media and the ability to connect with the world through the touch of my phone. But I am also someone who appreciates the thoughtful things in life, no matter how small they may be.
The other day I received something in the mail, and it appeared to be handwritten. WHAT?! How often does this happen anymore? Before I even knew what it was or who it was from, I was overjoyed. After opening the envelope, my day whole day was made.
What was inside? A super cute note from my dear friend who I have not seen in almost a year (the note is pictured above – I mean, how adorable is the hot pink card with cacti?!). She sent me a handwritten note to say hi, she hopes all is well and hopefully we can see each other again soon. Let me tell ya – I had the biggest stinkin’ smile on my face and still do just thinking about it!
It was so refreshing for Jordan, my friend, to take the time to hand write me a note, stick some postage on it and send it to me via snail mail! Some of you may think I’m crazy for getting excited about something that may seem so small, but really, it’s not that small – it’s a thoughtful gesture that is not as common anymore.
I’m guilty of this. When I was younger, my parents always made me write thank you notes to those who attended my birthday parties or gave me gifts. Nowadays, it’s so easy to send the person a text to say thanks. But in a world that is so consumed by technology where everyone constantly has a screen in front of their face, good, thoughtful, old-fashioned gestures like hand writing a note speak volumes.
I love writing notes/letters to others. One thing Wade and I have done throughout our relationship is handwrite one another letters (mostly just on special occasions). This is one of my favorite things that we do!
Just think about it – how often do we take time away from technology to let others know we appreciate them or let them know what’s going on? It’s so easy to pick up your phone and creep on someone to see what they’re up to, leave a comment on their post or send them a quick text to see how they’ve been doing.
I have a great appreciation for handwritten notes, as you can tell. It’s not everyday that someone sets aside time to handwrite a note and put their thoughts and feelings down on paper. And when you’re the recipient, that simple gesture can bring the biggest smile and make your day.
Maybe I’m just a sucker for writing things down – after all, I do have a blog – but I think people should take the time to bring this “practice” (or whatever you want to call it) back. It’s such a special treat to read what someone took the time to write.
While sending letters via snail mail is a whole lot slower than instantaneous text messages and other electronic options, it’s a nice change of pace in this ever-changing, always-on-the-go, technology-driven world we live in.
Sure, handwriting letters may be an old-school practice but it sure is a classic gesture from the heart.
If you’ve made it through this post – thank you! I hope you feel inspired to not only take a step back from technology, but also to write a letter to a special friend, loved one or family member. You’ll hear me say this a lot (or I guess, you’ll read it a lot) that I think the smallest things can be the biggest blessings! No gesture is too small to make a difference.
Until the next page,