JOYFUL GRATITUDE #28
Though I love receiving postcards and letters, I think I enjoy sending them even more! The idea of the recipient opening their mailbox to find something other than bills and junk mail for a change makes me very happy. So last weekend I took some time to write some postal mail to a few friends around the world.
Here’s my ritual. First I select a card or find some paper to write on (once on the Camino I didn’t have any paper so I just ripped out a few blank pages from the novel I was reading to write a letter, really anything will do). I settle quietly and think of the person I’m writing to before jotting down a few words, it doesn’t have to be long. Then I attempt to write the address as legibly as possible, and stick on a stamp or two (bonus points for lovely stamps:).
Remembering to post the envelopes is usually my struggle as I tend to carry them around in my bag for a few days by mistake before I finally send them off on their way… The uncertainty of when (and whether?) the postal mail will arrive is a large part of the magic of sending postal mail.
Simple tips for writing more snail mail:
- buy nice postcards or greeting cards when you see them in shops, having them handy at home makes it so much easier and quicker to write one
- always have a stock stamps in the house, this saves the effort of having to go out to buy them specifically
- write postal mail in batches of a few postcards/letters at a time for increased efficiency and satisfaction