Write a letter. It sounds so simple.
I agreed to take on a few Fearless Friday challenges, one being write a letter a mail it. Easy! I have plenty of family members in other cities that I can write to.
How many of you have actually written a letter recently? We don’t have to we have social media, cell phones, email, etc. All of these technologies that keep us connected to our loved ones. But do they really? How many people on your Facebook page do you actually message consistently? How many phone calls do you make?
I grabbed my notebook and pen and sat at the pool in my apartment complex. I was going to write a fun letter to my beautiful cousin. As I sat there I realized it’s been forever since I last spoke to her on the phone. I realized how much I missed her. All of sudden I couldn’t think of the words. I had to start by explaining why I was writing a letter because you know nobody does that anymore.
When I finished her letter, well I can only describe it as a rush of happiness and love. Love for all the memories we’ve had growing up, love for our family and excitement for her to get that little loving note from me. I have a really big family. I always cherish and take pride in that. But in the hustle of the day to day sometimes it’s easy to forget I’m far from alone in the world.
Honestly, I think technology makes it worse. It gives us a false sense of connection. Think about it! How many meaningful conversations have you truly had recently with extended family members and friends?
When I first decided to do this challenge, I thought I needed to really make it a challenge. Writing to my cousin wasn’t a challenge – so I thought. I vowed to also write an emotional letter.
It’s one I’ve been promising myself I would write, one of those stream of consciousness my side of the story so I can let it go forgive and move on type of letters. I turned my phone off and just wrote. Two hours later, I feel refreshed, emotional, but refreshed. I’m still debating on whether or not to actually send this letter, but I needed to write it out and get it down on paper.
It’s another form of restoring yourself this letter writing.
Try it! Write a letter to anyone. Dare to reconnect. On this Fearless Friday, challenge yourself to take a quiet moment and reach out to someone in your life.