Paper and Pen, Sincerity and Value

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We live in the digital era, where texting well wishes is a trendy yet sweet gesture, paperless bills are the environmentally responsible choice, and the more we reuse and recycle- the better.  I appreciate these options as much as the next person – truly.  But I also think some things are just better “old school.”  So there are a few things that I just don’t skip over, simply because of the computerized world we live in.  It may be 2018, but I still choose to mail birthday and anniversary cards, handwrite thank you cards for gifts received, write in a journal, read paper/printed books, use a paper planner, and even write occasional letters to family members.

   being genuine, greeting cards, handwritten notes, personal handwritten correspondence, real world over digital world, sincerity, value

Sometimes the fast pace of the online world that I frequently participate in causes me to feel entirely overstimulated.  I’ve learned that I need boundaries to keep the noise of the world from drowning out being present with what’s really in front of me and upholding healthful rest.  I’m learning as I go that I need these boundaries to be in a healthy state of mind.  

These small changes I’ve chosen have also created in me a deep appreciation for sentiment and being present.  I’m a work in progress, but I’m emotionally healthier when I choose *real world* things over digital things when I can. It gives me a more peaceful, focused mindset and feels grounding.  Those paper products I listed above are part of that – going “old school” with little pieces of life.

Opening a book to read in the evening relaxes me.  Sending personalized greeting cards provides an opportunity to show genuine care and thoughtfulness.  Keeping a handwritten journal is healing and hopeful.   

All of the good this digital age brings is just that – good.  I’m grateful for it and appreciate its value.  I just also want to sustain the goodness of personalized and handwritten.  Nothing can replace its sincerity and value.

 being genuine, greeting cards, handwritten notes, personal handwritten correspondence, real world over digital world, sincerity, value

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