Today I am going to take a step outside of my normal format (in a way) to address you dear reader as opposed to the typical letter to myself. I decided because it is Leap Day, it was a chance to shake it up and deviate for a day.
I want to talk to you all about a subject that is very near and dear to my heart, Communication.
As defined by dictionary.com
1. the act or process of communicating; fact of being communicated.
2. the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing or signs.
3. Something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted.
4. a document or message imparting news, views, information, etc
5. passage, or an opportunity or means of passage between places.
In the day and age that we are in, so many people send a multitude messages and post so many comments on this site or that, but hardly say anything of meaning. The personal aspect of communication has been stripped away from our day to day life. We are able to drop a message to anyone and have it delivered to their intended recipient within seconds no matter where in the world that person is.
We have become a society that attempts to get our thoughts and purpose out in 140 characters or less. As a result we are often quick to the point and lack feeling and substance in what we say. The art of language has been butchered into quick one-liners and acronyms.
In the day before we all took to our "inbox" to search for that couple line message answering a question or sending the most recent photo we went to our mailboxes to wait for a letter to arrive, old fashioned hand written letters. They would come to us in beautiful script (which most children today can not even read as it is not taught in a large number of schools), depending on who they were directed to they might have drawings in the margins or the light scent of perfume. Often times they would be multiple pages with thought out sentiment that people today don't necessarily take the time to include.
"I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead" ~ Mark Twain
I stumbled upon a site recently that supports the importance of letters as they used to be. The organization is called Letters Live. Unfortunately for me they are based out of England, but fortunate for me it seems one of my absolute favorite actors takes part in the organization so I have gotten to watch him read several letters like this one:
I urge you - oh dedicated social media user, visit this website and look around. Go to YouTube and search for Letters Live. Listen to the thoughtfulness and beauty that is in a single letter. Let it inspire you to take up a pen and a piece of paper. Take up multiple pieces of paper if the spirit hits you and write a letter from the heart. You will not have the backspace button at hand so the thoughts you put down will be provoking and real.
Now comes the twist that you knew I would put on it. As you prepare to put your ink to paper I want you to envision the recipient of your letter. I want you to see the person as if they were right there with you, sitting just across the table from you. Imagine that person in the flesh, solid, listening, curious as to what you have to say.
Now, I want you to imagine the face of that person is yours at the age of 16 years old.
"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart" ~ Wordsworth
So many of you have expressed the feeling that you had thought of doing something like this. Today, I encourage you to write that letter.
I would love to hear from you, my readers. I would love you to share your letter with me and if inspired and are interested in writing a guest post, allow me to share your letters with my readers.
You can reach me via email at: Bidy@dearlittlerme.com