#4 Handwrite someone a thank-you card.

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know
how soon it will be too late.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I woke up this morning I knew exactly what today’s act would entail. My best friend (aka my ride-or-die bitch/platonic life partner/therapist) has been talking me off ledges for the better part of 15 years now. She understands my unique flavour of crazy; and more importantly, puts up with it. She’s always there to read my barrage of iMessages and provide me with her sage wisdom (or tough love, as required). I always leave the conversation feeling armed and ready to put my big-girl pants back on.

I’m a big proponent of handwritten anything. It is always worth the extra effort. I have kept letters and cards in a memory box for the better part of two decades now, and love flipping through them from time to time. I even recently reconnected with an old friend because of a very entertaining letter he had written me back in university!

I moseyed on over to my favourite overpriced (but super swank) card store and spent a good 30 minutes surveying my options. Clearly, I take card purchasing very seriously. After finally making my choice – much to the relief of the hovering sales girl – I scribbled a heartfelt note and slipped it into my bag to give to her tonight. (Note: I would typically opt for snail mail, but Canada Post is on the verge of an ill-timed strike.)

I’m only on Day 4 of this project, but already, I feel like a little bit less of an asshole (and happier for it). Instead of shrivelling away in my cube of doom lamenting about my blasé corporate reality, this is providing me with something to look forward to each day.

Total Kindness Cost: $7 (I told you it was overpriced…)

What’s the best thank you that you’ve ever received?

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16 Comments

  1. I agree about taking the time to pick out the right card. I feel it adds meaning to the card because it was found, with love! 🙂 Thanx for stopping by and bringing this post to my attention. I enjoyed it. ren

  2. I absolutely adore handwriting letters! (And I too have a favorite, overpriced-but-worth-it, card shop…) And I especially love when I receive a note or card in the mail. I also love the little notes complete strangers have given to me — a little scribbled message on a napkin. Oh how I cherish these! And like you, I keep them all. <3

    • I’m glad there are more fancy card and napkin note enthusiasts out there.

      One of the best and most memorable birthday cards I’ve gotten to this day was actually scribbled onto a napkin.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. We have had a 50 plus year tradition in our family… hand made birthday cards. Funny, when my daughter was in college she used to make them and send them to me just as I did to my dad before me. One of the sweetest things I found after my dad passed, all neatly tied together in his top dresser drawer was the stack of 40plus years of my hand made cards, letters and notes. 🙂

    Adding a personal touch to someone’s day, not just a text really does make a difference. Thank you for this post! Excellent!!

    Kind Regards – K

    • That sounds like an incredible tradition – I love this idea. What an amazing package for him to leave behind. They must have meant the world to him.

      I have old letters that my mom and her mother used to write back and forth when she was pregnant with me – right before my grandmother passed away. They’re amongst my most valued possessions.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your kind words. I think this is something I would implement if I ever had my own family.

  4. That’s surely a beautiful thing to give someone – a handwritten greeting card.

    When I left high school, I gave each of my friends a handwritten card bidding farewell. It took me more than two hours to finish the whole thing, but it sure was worth it! Whenever I talk to them now, they never forget to mention the cute little card I gave them…It gives me a sense of self satisfaction.

    Lovely post!I think the world could do with more people like you! Following because your motive pleases me…

    • Thank you, Sruthi. Appreciate you taking the time to leave your story. That’s amazing that they still bring up those cards. But I’m not surprised – I think it really is such a simple but meaningful act. I will certainly be taking time to write out more handwritten cards in the near future and maybe even dabble in making one myself. 🙂

  5. I loaned a book to a friend recently and she returned it to me wrapped in pink tissue, with a thank you card and a little paper bag with cookies inside, all tied up win string. I felt like a queen!

  6. I have kept handwritten notes from over the years and although they are all so special, I enjoy the home-made touches the most. Pressed flowers or stuck on photos are really nice – things that seem to somehow represent emotion, turning it into something more tangible are really exciting!

    • Agreed. I also loved press flowers and stuck on photos. Brings me right back to that point in time.

      Thanks for taking the time to share. 🙂

    • Agreed. At $7 bucks a pop, WordPress comments would drain my bank account pretty quickly! 😉

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