2017 Week 2 Challenge – The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Here is the week 2 challenge for my 52 weekly challenges for 2017.

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I meant to write this some time ago, but WordPress was blowing this site up. Looks like everything is fixed now! *

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Anyways, for the week 2 challenge of 2017:

Get acquaited with the lost art of letter writing! Write a letter a friend or loved one. Here’s some things to get you started. 

*Attached: Envelope with paper inside for writing*

I can’t remember the last time I actually wrote a letter to someone.

In fact, I can’t really do handwriting anymore. I can do my signature, but that’s about it. It’s something I haven’t done in ages, and I wonder now if kids are still learning it. There’s a nice joy to something that is nicely handwritten with a pen.

That also said, while I do take lots of notes with pen and paper, my writing is still not the greatest.

There’s been many times where I look back at my printing, and can barely make out what I was trying to read. At the grocery store the other day, it took me awhile to decipher “frozen berries” on my barely legible grocery list.

So for this letter, I did take a bit more care and time into the writing, along with the contents of it.

I’m not going to go into who I wrote to, as I would rather keep that to myself. It was written to someone that had a rough year in 2016…but didn’t we all? They, however, had an especially rough year.

The benefits and the lost art of a handwritten letter.

Writing Letter

I came across THIS POST from the Huffington Post on why we shouldn’t abandon the handwritten letter.

In a nutshell, here are some of the key points made from the article:

  • They create lasting memories
  • They show how much you care
  • They make you feel good
  • They make every word count
  • They spark creativity
  • They require your undivided attention
  • They require unplugging
  • They honor tradition
  • They’re timeless

While googling benefits of the handwritten letter, I came across This Quora Post.

Read Barnard Law Collier‘s answer to What are the advantages of hand-written letters over email? on Quora

While it is pretty funny how he starts out with talking about the privacy concept (and does make some good points), he does go further into the benefits of writing by hand, and the answer is worth a read.

Did I benefit from this challenge?

You bet.

I could’ve simply emailed this person, but the care I would have put into it would have been far less. With a pen and paper, each word you write has far more merit. Yes, you can cross out words, but it’s far different then simply hitting the delete key on a keyboard.

Go back to the list of the 52 Weekly Challenges for 2017.