In a Bible study I’m going through, I was asked to think about my favorite method of communication and use that method to reach out to someone: phone call, letters, emails, visiting face-to-face, etc.
Hands down, without a doubt, my favorite way to connect with someone is through letters. I’ve always wanted to have a pen pal, but I haven’t really ever had one. I’ve written several letters, and I’ve gotten several responses, but in this day and age, letters are kind of losing their spot in the line of communication methods.
I love writing letters. For me, talking to people doesn’t come easy. I’m shy and quiet until I get to know you and feel comfortable around you, but even then, it’s difficult for me to say all the things I want to say, because I usually just let the other person talk and comment on a few aspects.
But when it’s just me, an empty room, a pen, and a piece of paper, I get to say everything I want to say freely. I can write and write and write with absolutely no interruptions. I get to finish my whole thought before the subject is changed, because I’m the one changing the subject! Then, when I get a response, the other person has the same freedom to write all they want on a subject before moving on.
I’m a much better writer than I am a talker, too. I get so self-conscious when I’m talking that I usually just give up without giving talking a real effort. Writing is so much easier for me. I don’t have to think so hard about saying the right word, because it just comes to me when I write. I don’t have to focus on the way my voice sounds, or where I focus my eyes.
And how exciting is it when you get a letter in the mail? I always am thrilled to see a letter addressed to me. I know, that in that envelope, someone took the time to write even just a note to me. Reading through his/her words and imagining their intonation and facial expressions is like reading a new story for the first time. And you’ll never read a story like that again! Each letter is different!
Anyway, today I wrote a letter to my little brother who is off in Wisconsin starting his sophomore year of college. He probably won’t write back: letters aren’t his style, and stamps cost money, but I had a good time writing to him. I enjoyed my 30 minute monologue and am glad I got to say all that I wanted before the conversation was cut off or interrupted.
I want to keep the art of writing letters alive, so I encourage you to write a letter today! It could be to a family member or a friend, someone close or someone far! It’s really a lot of fun.