good life with alison bosen
Part of cultivating a good life is to never underestimate the power of a handwritten note.
Taking the time to sit down, reflect on another person, and to deliberately reach out with a few lines of handwritten encouragement, love, or gratitude is a very powerful act that anyone can do!
I think my love affair with writing notes was born when I was a young girl. I received a lovely note, in the mail, from a friend of my mother, thanking me for my participation in a musical program at our church. I was not only excited to receive mail, but I was also elated at the thought that something I had done brought joy to another person. This small, but very powerful act, has impacted my life for good… for decades! That year for Christmas, I asked for my own stationery and have been writing notes ever since.
I believe that it’s a privilege to write a note… not a chore. It’s an opportunity to connect with someone in a genuine, purposeful way. Maya Angelou elegantly taught, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
And because handwritten notes are rare, they are generally deeply appreciated. About fifteen years ago, I wrote a note to an acquaintance of mine, thanking her for the great idea she had shared with me as I prepared a special birthday party for my young child. To this day when we run into each other, she mentions this note!
The pull of social media is strong… I totally get that! I LOVE sending (and receiving) texts and instant messages. It’s fun! But you can’t discount the power of a written note and I want my kids to understand that. So each Sunday, my children write a note to someone. Sometimes they do this on their own and sometimes I have to threaten no electronics until it is done. But one short note… that’s all I ask! They have one guideline: it doesn’t have to be perfect, just heartfelt! This tradition has resulted in relationships being strengthened with my oldest daughter who lives out of state, their grandparents, and even school teachers and youth leaders. One time my son wrote a note to the school crossing guard and the sweetest friendship has evolved! And it’s so easy!
This time of year is especially fun as our mailboxes fill with Christmas and holiday wishes. Consider making it a year-round tradition of sharing handwritten messages. It’s worth it, I promise!
note from becky
Oh, you guys. I’m such a fan. Handwritten notes are one of my love languages and something that I have adopted into a regular habit as well — and Alison is totally right. Those little notes can have a BIG impact! So grateful for her message today. Alison is a personal friend to several of my team members and I get to hear a lot about how amazing (and hilarious) she is, so it’s an honor for us to have her be our Good Life guest today.