So many people I meet say that they LOVE stationery, but then, in the same breath, mention that they never write as many notes as they should. Why is this? Many reasons may make sitting and writing a thoughtful note a low priority. Maybe you don’t know what words to use, you’re worried about the etiquette, you didn’t grow up writing or receiving letters/notes, etc. Whatever the reason, I can think of two that come to mind for me:, first, emailing is more efficient than “snail mail”, and second, I will probably run into the person and be able to just thank them in person. So here’s what I do, I fight the urge to email a quick thank you to someone because I know if I take literally 5 minutes out of my day the impact will be exponentially more meaningful when it is received in my friend’s mailbox. This shows that I was thinking about the person even when I wasn’t with her - and who doesn’t love that! Don’t we all dream of being the kind of friend who crosses others’ minds and gives them happy thoughts?! It’s such a beautiful gift to give to someone. And if you run into that person first, go ahead and thank them, all–the-while knowing that your special note is in the mail and will brighten her day and bring a smile to her face when she receives it!
The other thing that I hear from potential customers is, “I don’t really write notes. I don’t do anything or go anywhere that is nice enough for me to write a ‘formal’ note.” Huh??? Who said that just because you are writing a note on a piece of beautiful paper that the note must be in relation to something serious or life-changing? If you love stationery and beautiful paper, use it whenever you can! Let me give an example. A few weekends ago we got together with another couple and all of our children. It was a Friday night and we ordered pizza for the kids and enjoyed some adult beverages and good conversation. We had so much fun! Later in the weekend I sat down to write my friend a little note of thanks for inviting us over and told her how much fun we had. It was actually better than getting a babysitter because we got to spend the evening with our kids but still have tons of fun because they were out of our hair the whole night playing! Rarely do we have evenings as a family where all of us are truly enjoying ourselves, and when we do have them, they are special. Had my friend not opened her home to us that night, we wouldn’t have been blessed with that evening. Fortunately, we did have the experience and it was a great opportunity to write a fun thank you note.
P.S. Days later she called me and told me that she got my note and how nice it made her feel! If I were a bettin’ woman, I’d say our next invitation to pizza night isn’t too far off!
CrystalL, Paperly Consultant (http://mypaperly.com/Crystal)