The Lost Art of Letter Writing

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. -Phyllis Theroux

It is a shame that good, old-fashioned letter writing is about as highly regarded as legible handwriting, postal mail, and cursive script. One might argue that chivalry is dead, but I propose that letter writing has gone first. The efficiency of rapid-fire e-mails, texts, tweets, and instant messages have resulted in the lost art of letter writing. Unfortunate, indeed, but the personal touch of pen to paper simply cannot be replicated by dexterously texting thumbs or quickly typing fingers. Perhaps it is because letter writing goes against everything we are accustomed to in modern society. While synchronous communication of present-day allows for convenience and instant gratification, it is devoid of human warmth and heartfelt sentiment. The process from thinking and writing to sending and receiving is slow, laborious and drawn out. It requires sitting down for a period of time to inscribe one’s thoughts and calls for much more introspection and reflection than most are used to. Whether it is sending an unexpected letter to a loved one, mailing a “thinking of you” card to a faraway friend, putting together a care package for a college student, or writing a thank you note to an old teacher, letter writing can be deeply gratifying and heartfelt for both sender and receiver. Letter writing in and of itself is exceedingly purposeful, thoughtful, and meaningful – a lost art that should be restored.

Best,
Phoebe

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Related Links:
How To Write Letters | Brain Pickings

The Art of Letter Writing | Art of Manliness
Lakshmi Pratury on Letter Writing | TED Talks

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