This is the first time I’ve ever participated in “5 Minute Friday,” where you write about an assigned word/topic for 5 minutes, without editing and without thinking too hard. It’s kind of like free-flow writing. I’ll be linking up with the hostess of this concept, Kate Motaung here, but thanks to the author at Revolution of Love for the reminder!
The word for this week:
Everyone enjoys getting a little bit of personalized mail every now and then. Not the mail that has a bill attached, not the flyers that circulate as part of the junk mail sent out. No – real, true, personalized “his and hers,” mail.
When conceptualizing this topic, I began thinking of the last time I placed something in the mail to my closest friends and/or family. I currently have a box that I am adding to, to send a family member. Actually, I have two boxes, supposed to be sent to two separate people. But, I don’t think I have sent anything in quite a while.
I also began thinking about Christmas, and the cards that used to be regularly mailed out. Our family still sends Christmas cards, but I have noticed fewer and fewer participants in a tradition that is remnant of days gone by.
Has our social interaction with each other become about convenience – in the form of phone calls, texts, and social media? Or, is it not too late to start up again with the personalized, thoughtful snail-mail? Can we simplify our lives and our social calendars by spending a little bit of time sitting to write a thoughtful card?
What would that look like? What would that take for us, as a society, to take a moment to send some mail to our loved ones – family and friends?