…and why you should send out greeting cards!
This age of instant and easy communication often begs the question: are we really connected?
And an immediate follow-up I would ask might be: with all these truncated forms of writing, intentional misspellings and abbreviated text lingo…has the art of writing indeed been lost?
Although we can get a message to Alaska or Argentina or Australia in a heartbeat, call someone’s cell phone anywhere in the world, or shoot an email around the globe without a thought, I often wonder if there is any significance to most of those conversations. If, like any art requires, there is much intentionality to them…
I remember helping to clean out my grandmother’s house when she died, and packing up my folks’ house when they moved, and finding shoe boxes and shirt boxes full of cards and letters. Some were love letters, other postcards, or get well notes, or hand-made or hand-drawn pictures from “us kids”.
For many years they had been kept, treasured and brought out to look at, time and time again.
Can we really do that with our emails? Or Facebook messages? Does an Instagram photo convey the same depth as a carefully worded note or a thoughtfully chosen card?
I think not.
So I’m proposing
5 Reasons Why We Should Send Greeting Cards
- It displays care. Much goes into selecting a card. We have to think of the person we’re sending it to, and the situation or reason we’re sending it. We also have to consider if it reflects our own personality and what we’re trying to convey. Those aspects all require thought and care.
- It’s a great opportunity to show gratitude. Thank you cards are the obvious, but sending a birthday card, or get well card, or even a sympathy card will present “teachable moments” for your kiddos. You can discuss concepts like gratitude and appreciation, encouragement and support. Short notes written in the card will teach your children how to use their own words to express those sentiments. And on top of that, they are short-but-sweet exercises in handwriting (but shhh…don’t tell them that part!)
- A card sets a context for your words. Take it out of the envelope and you automatically know that what you’ll be reading is gonna be funny or sad or celebratory of sweet, or whatever. Because of this…
- There is less chance of your message being misinterpreted. Have you ever sent an encouraging email that someone thought was sarcastic” Or in which you intended to express mild irritation, but was received as angry or expressing hurt? Both have happened to me. Lemme tell you that little emojis don’t always help! And don’t even get me started on text messages!
- Mail blesses others. A card or a letter is not junk mail or a bill. Yippee! It’s correspondence intended expressly for us, containing heartfelt sentiments. Suh-weet!
I’m sure you may be able to come up with even more reasons, but if you need some others, read this interesting piece “10 Commandments That Will Make You Rethink Sending Greeting Cards.”
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The designs, the sentiments, the wording, will frame your message in a sincere and up-to-date way; perfect for your friends, or their daughters! So please accept this gentle nudge towards this old-fashioned form of communication…a personal and unique method for expressing sentiment!
Since we’re talking about it, why don’t you send someone you love a card today?! 🙂
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