Snail Mail

By Stacy LaMorte

When is the last time you sent a handwritten note or letter via “snail mail”?

Let’s not let the art of letter writing become a thing of the past. Our children don’t love it, but my husband and I have them write “thank you” notes for gifts that they receive and physically put them in the mail to the recipients.
This is a way to guide them in living a life of gratitude, as well as courtesy.

This was a lesson my mother instilled in me, and my sisters and I appreciate it so much because, now, as the parent, I know it takes time and patience as you are helping to guide them in both the physical writing as well as composing the note.

However, I feel it is a great investment of my time. When they see the stack of finished notes, they truly realize and appreciate the abundance of gifts they have received!

One of my high school religion teachers taught me that one of the best prayers that you can ever say is simply, “Thank you, God!”
I say it all day long. I thank him for the things that I am happy about and the things I am not so happy about because that is how we learn a true “attitude of gratitude.”

As an adult, I have learned the beauty of writing someone a note of thanks “just because.”

If there is someone you think would love to hear the way in which they have impacted your life, write them a handwritten note to tell them so! You may not realize the difference you make in his or her life, and you will be increasing your joy, as well!

Try to make it a habit to write one a month or even one a week! You would be amazed at the difference it will make in your life.

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