In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to note the importance of giving thanks. Day by day we go through the motions of our lives, often taking for granted the blessings and wonderful people we have surrounding us. It is a healthy ritual not just now but every so often to take a step back and really think about what it is that you are thankful for. Whether it's a friend who has shown you unconditional love and support through good times and bad, or a family member who has always had your back, take the time to let them know how much they mean to you this week. Don't send them a quick text or an email, but clear some time in your schedule to sit down and write a letter by hand. The impact will be that much greater if you actually take the time and effort to put pen to paper.
At one time, a hand written thank you note was just a normal courtesy, but it's hard to even imagine in this day and age a time when ink and scrolls were the only way to communicate through the written word. A time when people silenced the exterior world for a few sweet moments while they poured their innermost thoughts and secrets through their quill onto a piece of parchment, either for their own catharsis or to be hand delivered to a trusted friend.
Though the rise of modern technology has granted us many wonderful things, such as the ability to communicate more quickly with loved ones far and wide, the downside is that the next generations will have lost this knowledge of the traditional art of writing, and may never experience the therapeutic effect that putting pen to paper can have on the soul. This Thanksgiving, in spending time with our children, we need to remind them to keep writing, remain grounded, and to keep communicating in the most organic sense. Eye rolling aside, they will hopefully be hand writing thank you notes for all that they are grateful for this year. Should they carry on this personal touch and emphasize the importance of giving thanks to their own children, the art of writing and personally giving thanks will continue to be passed down for generations to come.