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The joy of snail mail and how to send more letters
- Having a supply of cards. Cards small enough for a letter to be written quickly.
- Having a working pen - the amount of times I cannot find a working pen easily is quite ridiculous. I found one that worked and put it in a box with the cards.
- Knowing what to write. That half knowing people's lives can make it difficult to know what to write - as though it should be something momentous to justify the paper. I decided that I would simply mention something that I had enjoyed related to the recipient - whether it was harking back to a physical meeting, or something they had done or shared. It is simply being in people's thoughts that so often brings a smile.
- Not knowing an address - in this time where most communication is virtual I have many close friends whose physical addresses I simply don't know. I am gradually making a point of asking and writing them into my phone contacts.
- Not having stamps - I bought a pack of stamps and stuck them to the envelopes.
- Posting the letter - To my shame I often do write a letter and then carry it around for months without remembering to actually post it. I worked out which post boxes are near regular dog walks.
All this may sound ridiculous - for how difficult can it be to actually scribble down a few lines to a friend - but so many times I find that something I really want to do, but somehow never get around to, is simply solved by ten minutes of working out the friction and then getting rid of it.