Renewing the art of letter writing
As we discussed in Renewing Our Relationships, connecting with other people is an important part of self care and living the Renewable Life. One of the best ways to renew your most important relationships is to reach out and check in with the people that you care about most, particularly with the tried-and-true tradition of writing a letter. A personal note helps us slow down and mindfully consider what we want to say, plus it can feel even more personal and special for the recipient. Don’t you just love getting mail that isn’t a random offer for a new credit card? Sometimes, though, it can be hard to find the time to reach out and and to figure out what you want to say. Our days move on and reconnecting keeps getting pushed down our to-do list. Fortunately, we can turn our letter writing into a habit if we practice a bit and simplify the process for our first few attempts. Try out this handy template we made to help you get started.
Hi there ____________,
I hope that this note finds you (describe how you hope they are doing). It has been so long since we (last thing that you did together or discussed), and I wanted to check in and reconnect with you.
How have you been? What have you been up to? What ended up happening with (event that was previously discussed or previously was set to transpire)? Was there really a (astounding or fun event or feature) involved? How is (mutual acquaintance) doing?
I am doing (describe how you are doing). (previously discussed event for you) ended up (describe results, then elaborate as necessary), but now I am looking forward to (exciting upcoming adventure or goal). Would you happen to have any interest in joining in the fun?
In any case, I hope that this letter brings you even a bit of the joy that I found in sending it to you.
With warm regards,
Go ahead and give it a try. Mix it up and rearrange contents as necessary. Have a bit of fun with it, and err on the side of silliness where possible. Then, copy your note into an email and send away, or go fully old-fashioned, grab a pen and a recycled piece of paper, and send it via snail mail. There's nothing quite as special as a handwritten note in your mailbox.