The Importance of a Letter

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The Importance of a Letter

I am a big fan of writing letters. Perhaps it is because I like to write or, because I love any excuse to buy pretty stationery. Bottom line is that I love letters. I love writing them, receiving them, talking about them, saving them and going back to read them.

Growing up my dad would write me notes. These were small scraps of paper with special messages.  He’d tape these to the mirror in my bathroom or on my bedroom door. Somehow he always knew when I needed one of those notes the most.

I think writing letters (or even notes) is one thing I do each week to be more present. I try to write something at least once a week. A note in my girls’ lunch boxes, hiding a letter in my husband’s lunch, sending a note to an old friend and sending letters to people who I don’t even know to thank them or show my appreciation for something they’ve done.  Yes, I write letters to complete strangers because they moved me in some way. I just really like to write letters!

I think my habit has even reached my kids. They love to write notes or make cards, especially my oldest daughter.  She loves it so much that she even wrote a note to a dog that we were watching overnight for a friend this weekend. This expression of love and gratitude is so important and I’m thankful that they are growing to love it as much as I do.

So I say again, try it. Letters don’t have to be long, they don’t have to be grammatically correct or written in the best handwriting (you can write them by email if you need to!). They just have to be from the heart. Letters give us the opportunity to give a moment to someone else. Perhaps they are struggling with something and your letter has perfect timing or, your significant other just needed that small, yet powerful reminder of your love for them.

Write a letter…I promise, it will feel good.

For fun, here are a few of my favorite letters…

Letter samples

Even dogs deserve a letter…

Dog's letter

She loves me with all of her sole… 🙂

All of her sole



  1. Mr. C. Ricks November 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I like it, it is so true. I am to send my ex a letter. A good letter, saying i miss her. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • BePresentProject
      BePresentProject November 13, 2012 at 2:47 am

      I’m so glad! They have great power. 🙂

  2. Richard November 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I do share your love for letters. In the old days people would write letters properly and post them. It was a joy posting letters, thinking what the recipients would react when they received your letters. There were anxious moments waiting in the hallway by the letterbox in the morning when you expected to receive letters. I couldn’t wait to look at the envelopes and sorted them out in order of importance. I could tell who the senders were, simply judging by the handwriting. I would then open and read those “important” letters first. There were occasions when I re-read the same letters several times in a day, and tried to formulate a response. It was such fun.

    • BePresentProject
      BePresentProject November 13, 2012 at 2:40 am

      I love that. I think letters still hold that magic, at least they do for me. I wish, at times, that we didn’t have such “instant gratification”…that pause and time to think really made a difference.

  3. Jon Pawelkop November 13, 2012 at 12:32 am

    You got me crying……thank you for the special memories! Its nice to know that I made a small difference along the way in your life! I Love You!!!

    • BePresentProject
      BePresentProject November 13, 2012 at 2:39 am

      I love you, too!! Those notes meant the world to me and you do, too!

  4. Cashawna November 13, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Thanks for this post. It’s easy to forget the small things in life that can make a big difference in someone else’s day. I needed this reflection in my busy day today. Pi Love!

    • BePresentProject
      BePresentProject November 13, 2012 at 2:45 am

      I was just thinking about you today!! Love right back to you!

  5. Carol Muroff November 17, 2012 at 3:15 am


    Sent from my iPhone

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  7. Megan Hendricks January 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I wrote a letter to someone after reading this blog, and she told me it was so meaningful to her, and really made her day. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • BePresentProject
      BePresentProject January 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      I’m so glad that you did that! With all of our technology and ways of staying connected, letters have even greater meaning. There is something so personal and permanent about them.

  8. Meg March 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love the darling letters you received! I’m so glad I read this post. I recently moved from Illinois to Florida and one of my good friends and I decided to exchange letters and involve our four year-old sons as well (they draw pictures for each other 🙂 I have found through that process that I tend to open up and write about things in a letter that I may not in an email. I also hand wrote all my Christmas cards this past year and received several emails and phonecalls about how much they appreciated a handwritten note. For me it was a great process to pour myself a glass of wine or make a hot cup of tea in the evening, turn on some music and write each note, thinking about those friends as I wrote. I will be doing that again this year! More time consuming-YES but totally worth it.

    Thanks for the added inspiration to continue this and to pick up the pen more to even send short notes! They make my day when I get them and it is a great reminder that they can make someone elses!


    • Jessica
      Jessica March 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      There is just something about hand writing notes that makes it so special for the sender and the receiver. My oldest daughter writes notes all the time. It is so sweet and I want to encourage her to continue this. Very special habit to keep. And, I think you doing it with your son is so important!

  9. Jessica June 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I love writing letters too. I don’t do it often enough but I hope to be better with it! I recently moved from Texas to California and I just received a letter from an acquaintance there. Written in pink pen on good old fashioned notebook paper. And it made me so happy and nostalgic all at once. Like I was getting a note in study hall in middle school again.

    • Jessica
      Jessica June 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Isn’t that such a great feeling!?! I love writing letters, too. Especially ones to those I love or those I want to thank. It also helps that I am addicted to paper and note cards. I really want to buy a wax stamp to seal my letters! 🙂

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