I have just posted a card to my best friend, who I am in regular contact with by text, email and of course in person - in fact we just got back from a week away spent together with our families.
It isn't a birthday or a special occasion, I just want to tell her that I loved that holiday, the chance to just hang out with her and that our combined family holidays are always some of my happiest times.
I could have sent her a text or an email, we often communicate this way rather than call - a quick rant about our day or sending a link to a bit of news or a programme we think the other might be interested in.
This was something I really wanted to say properly though and I knew a card arriving via old fashioned post would feel a bit more sincere, just a little more thoughtful than dashing off a message via the internet.
We live in a whizzy mind numbing fast paced world of 24 hour news, social media, facebook, snapchat, texts, emails...oh the ping of another notification interrupting our thoughts constantly and keeping us rushing from one bit of virtual communication to another. So, even if you love it and with communication so wonderfully instant and free, what is the benefit of sometimes send a bit of snail mail?
Don't wait for a birthday or special occasion, I bet there is someone right now you can think of that would be so touched if they got a letter or a card in the post from you in the next couple of days.
Just a couple of lines to say you were thinking of them, to thank them for something or just to say hello - go on, send some snail mail!
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