One of my favorite bands, Arcade Fire, wrote a beautiful song called "We Used to Wait." The song is all about how we used to write letters, and we used to anticipate and wait for the arrival of letters in the mail. It expands on how important that waiting period was, and how different times have become. This song really grabbed my attention. It made me think about how much instant gratification we receive nowadays with texting, email, and social network. We don't have to wait for responses from anyone anymore, and if we do, we get anxious or irritated with how long it takes. This is a little excerpt from the lyrics:
Not only does she write to her friends and family, but she also has a pen pal in Belgium, and they exchange letters and photos quite frequently. I always look forward to seeing what Courtney has to share with us when I find a letter from her in our mail box. Each letter is filled with love, and sometimes signed with paw prints from her cat, Alvin. He's very talented!
My goal in all of these thoughts about writing letters is to make it a point to write letters at least once a month. I have been sitting down, writing thank you letters. I love how taking the time to be quiet with your thoughts allows you to turn inward, and connect with yourself. Its therapeutic, along the lines of meditation. I think there is always so much to be thankful for, even if it seems to be something mundane. Writing a letter to thank someone will not only brighten their day, but will give yourself some inner loving, as well. Anything we can do to spread love is something worth doing. Writing a letter is a perfect example.