Writing with Pens and Pencils

When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?

I’ve been told many, many times that I have lovely handwriting.  It probably comes from learning how to write “cursive” in first grade–Catholic school.  I am often the de facto note taker at meetings, particularly if it requires writing on chart paper or dry erase boards.

There a couple of things I typically refuse to do with a keyboard:  Christmas cards and thank-you notes.

imagesT4XYVNYCI wholeheartedly believe that thank you notes do not get the attention they deserve.  At work, I have a drawer full of note cards.  I write about five thank you notes a week.  Sometimes it’s a few lines and sometimes a couple of paragraphs, but always by hand!  I often see the cards tacked to a bulletin board or sitting on a bookshelf;  leading me to believe that while most of the staff I work with certainly appreciate any acknowledgement of gratitude, it’s the hand written ones that are most valued by the receiver!

So, sharpen your pencils and make sure there is ink in your pen and say Thank You!

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