Last week, I delivered a luncheon presentation to a wonderful group, the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men’s Eating Organization). This is a delightful cohort of more than 100 retired men who gather every week for lunch and a speaker. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience (I mean, really… as I said to them, it’s every girl’s dream to be in a room full of Romeos, right?!) and generated an idea too good to not pass along.
We were in the process of discussing the power of the handwritten thank you note, a topic I hit on frequently. Everyone was in agreement that this is an ancient and important, but dying art! One fellow in particular raised his hand and shared the following:
“My children all live out of town and I don’t get to see them or my grandchildren as frequently as I would like. One way I keep in touch with all of them is to send each of my grandchildren a handwritten letter every few weeks or so. They love getting mail and it gives me a chance to share thoughts, ideas, sentiments and information with them. It makes them feel special and makes me feel great!”
What a cool idea! I believe it can be easily extended to other important people in our lives. Everyone loves getting letters – especially unexpected and happy letters – in the mail. And, what a lovely way to create a series of keepsakes for your loved ones, friends, important colleagues and clients. And, by the way, it doesn’t have to be a lengthy tome. A simple greeting card with a message, “thinking of you,” can work wonders, too!
Who will you send your letter to? How many letters will you send each month? Set a goal, write your letters and reap the sweet benefits of the joy you will create in the hands of your recipients!