It’s funny how times have changed. With advancements in technology, we’ve thrown the good old simple things out the window. Many cannot remember the last time they wrote a hand-written letter, placed it in an envelope, smeared it shut with saliva and took a trip down to the post office. With e-mails, mobile phones and various communication quick-fixes, sending a letter by post seems like riding a train to Timbuktu.
While we thank the heavens for the goodness’ that time and science have brought to our lives, we must not take for granted the little acts that show deep emotions. Believe it or not, quite a number of people still find it deeply amusing and satisfying when the mail man stops by with a hand-written letter, a postcard or a parcel. It brings a smile to the face, partly because they’re thinking who on earth still sends paper letters, and partly because the gesture makes them feel special and thought of. We’ve given up on visiting friends with a bottle of wine or a basket of fruits; and instead we think it is OK to be treated like a king each time we go visiting. And in such manner, we’ve given up on other simple things like listening closely to the words people utter when they speak to us or the physical comforts a simple hug can provide.
Ours are the times when life seems to be best lived on the fast lane. And without a doubt, the fast lane offers plenty of convenience. But hidden in the simple gestures that seem to require of us a lot more effort, are the rewards of gratitude and affection we could never discover otherwise. Hold us guilty for advertising for the local post office, but do your part: surprise a friend with a letter you wrote with a pen, or visit a friend with all of your “old school” etiquette in place.
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