The recent announcement by the U.S. Postal Service to discontinue Saturday deliveries gives weight to the evidence that the modern conveniences of e-mail and text messaging have placed the art of writing letters filled with deep, intimate thoughts in potential danger of becoming extinct. The connection made through writing and receiving a handwritten letter is irreplaceable and should be preserved, especially by those who write for the sake of writing.
Writing a letter, even if it is never to be sent, is a wonderful tool for honing in on the art of stringing words together. It forces one to take the time to select just the right words to accurately portray the thoughts wished to be shared. There is no quick “send” button to end the moment, but rather a deliberate proof-reading must take place before slowly folding the letter to insert it in an envelope.
Taking the time to write letters is good for the sake of the art itself and also for those who choose to take pen to paper.