I have exchanged letters with quite a few people over the years, and I cherish every single letter that I have received! Many of them contain challenges to grow spiritually... many are filled with fond memories.... many are just plain old "keeping in touch" letters.... but each one is a treasured memory.
I have found that one of the ways that I can be an encouragement to others or just brighten somebodies day, is to write them a letter. A letter is a part of you, for you have to think ahead about what you want to say and then take the time to write it all down on paper! I don't know about you, but when I receive a letter I feel very "honored" and excited, for it took someone time to write me.
When writing someone I like to use happy cheerful stationary or cards. I have found the "Vera the Mouse" cards to be just what I like to send (and receive!!). This card says inside "Thinking of you!! What a nice thing to do...... think I'll do it some more!!!" Isn't this what we're doing when we write a letter?
Hallmark is my all time favorite source for stationary and cards. They have some of the nicest stationary and boxed cards of all time!
I've had people tell me that they can't write letters for they don't know what to write..... from my own experience on the receiving end, I know that I just enjoy hearing about their life, what they are doing, what they are planning, if we're good friends- what they have been thinking about or struggling with, family life, and the list could go on and on! Don't think "oh, they won't enjoy hearing about what I've been doing"; to coin a phrase, "think outside the box" and you might be surprised at the results!!
Recently, I've started incorporating stamps and stickers into my letters. I'll put a stamp or two on the envelope, and if the stationary is lacking for color, out come my trusty stamp sets!! I have two of Vision Forums stamping sets.... you can find one here, the other here, and the one I don't own here. These are just some of the things that I feel makes a letter more special to receive!
As I once told a friend, "You never know who's day you may be brightening!"