Don't underestimate the power of a card or letter.
A few weeks ago, I came across a birthday card Florence Littauer sent me a few years ago after I saw her at an event. In the card, she told me she enjoyed seeing me there, but it probably wouldn't happen again because she was stepping away from the speaking and publishing industry after a long career.
Her final words were, "But I'll never forget you. With admiration, Florence."
As someone who often feels invisible, this stuck a chord with me. She wrote it years ago, and I read it years ago, but the words were meant for now.
Florence's card is now hanging on my file cabinet next to my work station as a constant reminder to continue to send cards and letters.
I know this, but I forget it sometimes.
But after finding this card, I'm resolving to start sending them again.
Florence wrote a book called A Letter is a Gift Forever: The Charm and Tradition of a Handwritten Note. I pulled my copy off my bookshelf this week and found this nugget: "Will a handwritten note on crisp perfumed vellum ever be equaled by mechanical Email sent to every friend the writer can remember?"
I have no idea what vellum is, but I'm pretty sure it would evoke my senses more than my email inbox.
I'd love to hear your stories about receiving an encouraging card or letter. Just hit the reply button and tell me about one you've received. It'll spur both of us on.
Now, let's get to this week's thoughts about slowing down and living deeper:
If you like what you're reading here and want to support it, then join my email list, or consider buying a book or becoming a patron (all patrons receive free copies of my e-books as they are released as a thank you for the support).
Have a great weekend!
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.
In this Christmas novella, you'll encounter three wayward souls, two angels and one inn of mercy.
30 essays about the way our first loves, first experiences, and first favorites shape us.
Thirty daily readings to encourage readers to live with the end in mind.
Thirty daily readings to encourage the never-married.
Thirty daily readings that will inspire writers to hit their daily word count.
A step-by-step guide that shows you how to write a devotional book.
A collection of 30 heartfelt coffee shop essays about love, loss, loneliness, and a deep need for connection.
Slow down this Christmas and fully experience the season with this 31-day family devotional.
Lee talks to NASCAR drivers and others in the industry to glean spiritual lessons.
This book draws encouraging spiritual truths from the game of golf.
Single Servings offers ninety devotions for single Christians.