Christmas is just a few weeks away. Will you be sending Christmas cards to your relatives and friends?
I told myself at the beginning of the year I would be reducing the cards I am sending this year, due to ever increasing postage etc. Plus we have access to so many avenues of free communication via the internet; it will save time, effort and money as well to use these mediums.
However, I am 30 cards down and with still quite a few more to go… I just could not do it, no matter how hard I tried to convince myself to cut down on card writing this year. I just could not do it, even so, I have added more names to my card writing list for this year.
Do you feel the same about card writing?
For me, I just feel that sending bulk greetings via email or Whatspp, Facebook etc lacks the personal touch. I need to feel the connection with that person I am writing to; my thoughts and emotions will be reflected on each stroke of my pen that touches the card and it is something personal!
Even if I don't say much on the card, even if it is just a Merry Christmas wish, it is my thoughts and feelings that will be reflected in every word on that card to that person.
I just can't help but remember the time we spent together, about our relationships… it is as though I am still talking to them through my words on the cards, and it will never be the same when I type the words on the keyboard and do a mass Christmas greetings. It just does not work for, and I believe it is the same with many people out there.
So no matter how much I convinced myself to just let go of the card writing rituals, I have to admit, I am still a card-writing person. I still love my pen and paper, and many times, I still write my notes on my papers / scrap books before I type them on my computer. Sometimes, while preparing my blogs, I still physically scribble on my Notability app on my iPad when I don't have my pen and paper with me.
So to me, I find hand writing is my personal way of connecting with the people I cared about, plus has many more benefits:
Helps with find motor skills
I do find that after so many years on the keyboard, my hand writing skills have deteriorated. I can't write as fast as I used to, plus my arm and hand muscles are not as cooperative when writing.
Reconnects to your thoughts and emotions
It reconnects you with your memories, that is, of who you are. It reminds you of your loved ones and when you write to them with your physical hands, you are reconnecting to your own voice, your thoughts about the person you are writing to, and how you feel about the relationships you have with them.
So, yes… sending out cards may cause me more time, effort and money compared to pressing a button and all your greetings are done thought the computer, but the enormous benefits I will gain from physically writing outweighs the convenience of technology.
Give it a go… Get out your address book and start connecting with your relatives and friends this festive season through your own voice in your own handwriting.
Have a wonderful day ahead and love your thoughts.