Dear Son, Words of Wisdom #19

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Dear Son, Do not underestimate the power of a handwritten letter.

When I was a freshman in college, I walked to the Liberty University Post Office to check my mailbox every day. Most days it was empty, but oh the joy that filled my soul when I peeked through the little mailbox window and saw something inside.

photoIt could be anything; a bill, magazine, grades, or the highly-prized “care package” from home. Whatever it was, it was a connection to the rest of the world. You must remember, this was way back in the 1900’s before we had the intsa-gratification offered by the modern-day smart phone.

It was a brisk fall morning. One particular piece of mail caught my attention.It was a white envelope containing a handwritten letter from my grandfather on my father’s side. The letter spoke of his days in college at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. I still have the letter to this day in one of my Bibles. The content was not as important as the time and attention it took to write and mail the letter.

In these days of text, tweets, email, and facebook, a handwritten letter may seem old-fashioned or obsolete, but you would be missing a golden opportunity. The handwritten letter is still very powerful – if not more powerful than it was in the past. The scarcity and novelty only increase its effectiveness.

You would be hard pressed to find a more powerful way to say “thank you”, “I’m sorry” or to show someone you care. It is a great tool in building relationships in your life and future business ventures.

Just think of your own experiences of receiving handwritten letters and notes. They become highly valued objects kept in special places physically and in your heart.

Your mother and I have guided you in this art and hope you will continue to practice it for the rest of your life.

Who are 3 people you should write a handwritten letter to this week?

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