Write more letters

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I know exactly what you need (drumroll, please)… You need A NEW GOAL FOR 2018!

I’m just kidding. Well, not really. But I’m guessing you’re up to your gullet in goalz for next year.

Soooo, I have one more. Just hear me out. Maybe you can ditch one or two of those superficial ones that you recycle every year that somehow never pans out and only leaves you feeling like a failure (or is that just me?)…

Ready for that goal?

Write more letters (yes, the hand-written ones) in 2018.

Maybe you’ve been filling out oodles of Christmas cards lately and have zero desire to wet another envelope. (Am I the only one here who actually licks them anymore? A bad habit developed through a misspent childhood, what can I say?). So give it a few weeks.

But really, there’s something timelessly human about the hand-written letter.

Bring back the timelessly human ceremony of hand-written letter writing.

Making it a ceremony is key. Get the paper, the pen, the envelopes, etc. that you want. If you’re into it, you can go full-on Charles Dickens and grab the wax stamp and candle too. Set aside time.

In our Facebooked world, we think we’re ‘staying in touch’ with everyone because we see their photos flash across our newsfeeds.

No, no, no… Doesn’t count.

Today is the perfect time for the hand-written letter. My mom used to write them all the time when I was a kid. Everyone did. It wasn’t novel.

But today, we have a perfectly good excuse to bring it back. I mean, how refreshing is it to get a handwritten letter? Honestly, I don’t know the answer to my own question because I haven’t gotten one in at least a decade (Christmas cards don’t count).

When that person you’ve been meaning to say hello to (really say hello to — not just digitally thumbing-up) gets a letter from you, a deeper connection is sparked. One that’s more real and visceral and human.

And if you need selfish reasons (nothing wrong with that) creating a practice of letter writing is rewarding in countless ways (three of which I’ll state below)…

  • If you want to get good at copywriting (or, any kind of writing that’s meant to be heartfelt and purposeful), letter writing will turbo charge that.
  • If you want to boost the good vibes in your relationships, letter writing is the answer.
  • If you want to get really good at sorting out and expressing your thoughts (because who doesn’t want to do that?), letter writing is a no-brainer.

Whattdya think? I’d say it’s a worthy goal that ranks about as high as re-upping that gym membership.