The lost love for the Handwritten Note

In a recent article read through on “Handwritten Note,” the author stresses how the progressively digital world has taken over our lives and is making the handwritten note go the way of fax machine. It’s amazing how the digital medium is doing wonders reducing the manual work making things eco-friendly. But here, we are certainly missing something.

Even today, a smile gathers my face when I come across my scribbled poems, school days postcard or handmade greeting card from my friend. The emails and text messages will stay in your inbox but will not have the personal touch like the one in the paper note.

I couldn’t agree more. Recently, while examining some of my old documents, I found out a handwritten note. It was a poem written on me by a passenger when I was a flying crew. Had it been sent to me via email or text, I definitely would not still have it and it wouldn’t have had the same sentimental value.

How many cards did you send this festive season? Probably three or four. And how many did you receive? Probably none.

To tell you an example: my sister is a teacher in one of the prominent schools in Goa. Every Diwali she gets a gift hamper from one of her student’s parents. I can imagine how she could feel, that someone you know have, reached out and greeted you, in a way that an email or a text never could. How does it feel when you get a personal birthday wish from your loved one? Isn’t there a small burst of pleasure at seeing a once familiar hand on the envelope, among the all the lifeless e-waste on the net.

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The speed of mobile messages may be fast but it often gets buried in a busy person’s inbox. One of the best ways to express gratitude and thanksgiving of friendship is to simply give time and attention. We all seem to be in a rush with packed schedules. It takes relatively little time and money to produce a handwritten note or letter. And although we can keep those special emails expressing gratitude, there’s something about a note, letter, or card we can physically hold, or keep in a special file or treasure box that just can’t be replaced by a digital message.

Think about it, 5 or 10 minutes is less than the amount of time you spend on social media scrolling through the pictures and drafting text messages. Your friends and family deserve more personal acknowledgment than a heart with a smiley face emoji.

There’s something to be said for taking the time to hand-write your thoughts — To just sit down and write a thank you note, express gratitude for someone who had a positive impact on your life, or simply say “I’m thinking about you” shows the recipient that you care about them enough to tell them so. Both in business and in building personal relationships, the true value of a handwritten note cannot be underestimated.

Let’s not lose the touch of the handwritten notes completely or our memories and sentiments will disappear into Internet hell when our in-boxes automatically delete old files.

Believe me, if I could have hand-written and mailed this blog post to everyone reading it, I would have. (And though I’d love to invite you to give me your feedback via handwritten letters, understandably, I’m a little hesitant to announce my street addresses on the web!).

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