For some reason, handwritten notes are always understood in the context they were meant to be understood in, unlike a text or an e-mail, both of which can be misunderstood easily.
One of the things I have always done in my business is write handwritten cards. I wrote them for every person who ordered or came to a party in the beginning. I still do that, but I now also write cards to team members as they promote or celebrate a new milestone in their business.
Notes take time to write, but the message they send is always clear....
You are appreciated!
I love it when I have the chance to write a handwritten note for a personal reason. Even as the writer, a note makes me feel better just for writing it, and I know it makes the person pulling it out of the mailbox feel even better than it makes me feel!
My husband and I even write each other notes on our bathroom mirror every once in a while. I know it's silly, but there is nothing that makes my day like a sweet note telling me how appreciated I am. It can literally change any day.
So when's the last time you wrote out a note and sent it in the mail or snuck it in a backpack or a lunchbox, or on the dashboard of someone's car?
Your words are powerful, especially when spoken to others in the form of encouragement and appreciation.
Try it this week. Start tomorrow. Write someone a card.
Send one to your grandma, leave one for your spouse to find, mail a note to your 5 year old, or leave one for a stranger to discover. Write one card for 7 days in a row, and see how good you feel at the end of the week.
Are you in? Can you do it? 7 cards, 7 days, 7 people.
I dare you. And only because I know that it'll make a great change in you through your written appreciation of others.
Your family and friends may forget the things you say, but they'll never forget the things you write.
Post a comment and let me know if you'll join us for the 7 day card challenge. It makes me smile just thinking about it.
....Day 15 of a year of writing....