Sending salutations is one of my favorite pastimes. In the day and age of instantaneous communication with a phone jack attached to the side of most people’s head, the days of the old fashion hand written letter are falling to the wayside. It gives me great joy to take the time to write a letter to a friend or a family member. Those gems found in the mailbox are rare commodities, similar to finding rolls of toilet paper on the shelves at the supermarket. It pleasures me to know that it puts a smile on the receiver’s face. Even if it’s a small card with a few words of wisdom or just a line of encouragement can brighten someone’s day.
There are many benefits of letter writing. It boosts cognitive abilities. You are more likely to remember something if you write it down. Receiving a letter can summon feelings of nostalgia. When you write a letter typically you write about things of the past and it might be familiar to the receiver of the letter. These little notes could be quite comforting.
Writing letters can invoke creativity. From choosing the pen to the paper to the words you write, the salutation is something personally created each stop of the way. For some, letter writing is a fulfilling hobby and the receivers look forward to that special handcrafted letter.
Letters provide something tangible to hold onto, such as a keepsake. Unlike an email that gets lost in the mass of junk emails, a letter can be saved as a treasure in flowery box or tin for future readings.
The next time you are bored and wondering what to do while being quarantined, dig out your pens and paper and send a salutation to someone. They will not only be surprised, but they might even write you back.
Welcome to the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I think it will bring a lot more people together with this crazy pandemic. Being quarantined means people will flock to the web looking for things to do. This is a great way to meet new friends/contacts. Maybe you will read something new, find a new hobby, or just be entertained by some random musings. Whatever the case may be, stay safe, drink plenty of liquids and enjoy the trip.
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I’m sure everyone is thinking about LOVE for the letter L. I’m no different. Love is the one thing we can give away freely. It costs nothing.
Lost love letters is something that has been weighing heavy on my mind. When we were in high school Tall Cool ☺ne and I wrote tons of l♥ve letters back and forth to each other. Sometimes I think it would be neat to read what some of those notes had inside them. Then I think better of that. We are older now and priorities are different.
I’m thinking of love letters lost in a different concept. Lost love letters doesn’t necessarily have to be from an admirer. Love is something you share with a family member, a friend, or maybe an acquaintance from work. As I think about the title, lost love letters, I think about the lost loves of people to whom letters I used to write.
We are a messy group of individuals. I recollect how many people have come into my life only to turn around and be gone from my life. Sometimes it makes me sad. But then I realize that God will put someone else in their place.
Lost love letters are just like people who come and go in our life. They are there for a season, then lost, but not forgotten. Who do you think of when you think about a lost love letter?
Welcome to the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I think it will bring a lot more people together with the epidemic going on right. Being quarantined means more people will flock to the web looking for things to do. This is a great way to meet new people. Maybe you will read something new, find a new hobby, or just be entertained by some random musings. Whatever the case may be, stay safe, drink plenty of liquids and enjoy the trip.
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Today I’ve come to a roadblock. My creativity seems to have just shut down. The ideas feel like they are just on the other side of that barrier that’s blocking me from getting to them. Like that word that lays just on the tip of your tongue. My muse is just over the obstruction. The barrier could be just about anything. Time management, procrastination, candy crush addiction, Facebook creeping, forum chit-chat, anything that impedes the progress of writing. Some people call it writer’s block. Quite frankly I believe when people say they have writer’s block it’s just an excuse to be lazy and not write. If you put your mind to it, you can write about anything. This post is a perfect example. I’m writing about a roadblock that doesn’t have a road and the blockage is untraditional.
What can you do when you come to a roadblock in your writing?
- Change the point of view. Look at the situation from a different perspective.
- I was trying to come up with something fun for an R blog. When it didn’t come to me, I thought about what I could do to help someone else in their writing.
- What would happen if the shoe was on the other foot? Switch the idea of your characters around. Does that help?
- What would Superman do?
- Take a walk away from your workspace.
- Nothing clears the mind like fresh air. Go outside and breathe it in.
- Take a quick walk down to the corner store for a cup of coffee.
- Walk to the water cooler. You never know who you’ll run into and engage in some interesting conversation.
- Pay attention to that furry four-legged friend that you have.
- It’s amazing how much pressure from the day will slip away if you take a few minutes with your cat. (Only a few pats though — more than three is too many)
- Your dog would love to go for a brisk walk and it will revive you so that you feel refreshed when you come back to your keyboard.
- Your pets know when you are stressed, let them help you.
- Learn something new.
- Read the dictionary until you find a new word.
- Research something you know nothing about.
- Listen to some music that you don’t normally listen to.
- Review your goals.
- Why are you writing?
- Are you enjoying it?
- What is the goal?
- If you don’t like what you are doing you will never do well at it. Make sure you do what you do because you enjoy it.
That’s all for today. Hopefully these five tips will help you get through the roadblock you might be facing. What do you do when you find difficulty in writing? Share your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check out some of the other R blogs in the A-Z Blogging Challenge.
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