When I sit down to write a letter or a card, I have a feeling that is unlike writing anything else.... not a book, in my journal, or anyplace else. I love writing letters and sending cards because it is a way of connecting with those I miss and love that has a nostalgic, days-of-old, sentimental wonder. The fact that letters are still written is a sign, which brings peace and happiness to my old-soul, that not all the charm of days past are gone in this world.
Just feeling that card or crisp piece of paper in my hands as I fold it up and place it in an envelope, to run my hand over a stiff envelope after it's all sealed, and feeling the texture of a card as I admire the glorious scene emblazoned on it, is one of those simple, unequivocally delightful things that brings a smile to my face.
As far as the serenity and loveliness that is found in writing someone, I think Lord Byron said it well:
"Letter writing is the only device for
combining solitude with good
I look forward to spending quiet moments out of my days to come this Winter doing so more often.
Such a relaxing joy it is to sit down, as I have done in spare moments lately, to write to others. It has made my soul happy, as these things have, also...
•Drinking tea (a little change from my usual hot chocolate☻) while writing letters
•Gazing dreamily at the snow globe on the shelf with the Kinkade-like scene
•Falling asleep in front of the glowing fire
•Being free from school very soon to delve into things I've missed doing
•Opening a package with a beautiful handmade gift from a friend who is more of a blessing
than she knows
The last one reminds me of what a treasure it is not only to have friends who bless your heart with thoughtfulness, but of what cheerfulness it brings to open a letter or package. Is that not just one of the most wonderful feelings in the world, to know someone cares about you so much to send a personal note of love or encouragement in the mail? I love receiving mail, but even more so I love sending mail- keeping it mind that it is better to give than to receive.
Thinking about this, I wanted to share with you a way to give through a personal letter to individuals who perhaps need encouragement more than most right now. Recently, I was inspired to look into sending letters to soldiers, to up-build them and just let them know a complete stranger is thinking of them and wishing them well, especially in a time when it is probably extra difficult to be away from their home with the holidays coming. Although I am still looking for a way to send a hand-written, paper letter (there are several organizations to write through), I thought I would share one way that I have started out with. It is through the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. You can click the link to write you own letter to the soldiers who are overseas right now and who will be this Winter and will not get to make it home to be with their families. You can even write several letters and pour out
warm and comforting thoughts. You never know what something you say will mean for
a soldier who is homesick and reads your loving words.
The letter you write will be printed out and placed in one of the packages that is sent
to them and they will get to read your encouraging words!
Wishing y'all a blessed day!