I’m sitting at home, safely ensconced by the fire as the snow comes blustering into Chicago. I have a hot cocoa and my writing supplies. As we launch into the month, it occurred to me to talk about what to expect as the month goes on. Sometimes, people feel discouraged because they are sending out letters and getting nothing back.
When I started the project, I thought one of the points was to encourage people to send me mail. I’ve realized over the years, that it’s really and truly not about that. It’s about taking time out of your day to think about and connect with one other person. We spend so much time on the internet being partly in performance mode, that the intimacy of letters, and the audience of one, is a rare luxury.
Even if you don’t receive a single letter in return, I can promise you that the items you mail out this month have an impact. If you get a text, or a facebook message, or a phone call, or a bigger smile then you’ve made a connection there. You’ve made your day and the world a little bit brighter, just by taking time to slow down.
Now… if you’ll excuse me. I have some letters to write. I’ll see you at the post office.