The Art of the Handwritten Letter

April 19, 2023 –

There is something unique about a handwritten personal letter. It’s better than an email, no matter what the social media gurus claim. We read emails and often delete them. An excellent handwritten note can last a lifetime and become a treasured possession.

Some of my most treasured possessions are letters congratulating me on graduating from high school and receiving a football scholarship to Florida. Other treasures include an invitation to my wedding and several thank-you letters from former associates telling me they enjoyed collaborating with me.

A personal handwritten letter tells you a lot about the writer. When you open the envelope, you unmask the sender. You quickly determine the mood and sincerity of the writer. Is this a giving letter providing information, a compliment, or an offer letter requiring something?

The time of the handwritten letter is about to pass. Teachers teach a few people cursive writing in school. Some people do not take the time to be personal; they zip off a cold email and hope they won’t offend.

Over the years, I have saved many treasured handwritten letters. Today, I deleted yesterday’s emails.