A friend asked me the other day, “Did you see my note on Facebook?” I had not seen her post. Then I began to wonder how many posts from friends I may have missed in this shotgun world of single-sentence communications. We have evolved into a world of partial thoughts and empty events – “I went to see a show!” – Without a thought to describe what made it wonderful.
As I pondered the continuing reduction in meaningful communications, from letters, to email, to Facebook posts, to IM messages, I wondered if we might be quickly losing the beauty of the written word.
I thought back to the letters I wrote to Anne while we were courting. They were electronic, but they were letters. Each word carefully selected – each phrase part of a larger symphony of thought. I looked at the messages I exchange with her today, and those that I send to my children. They seem devoid of the depth I once knew.
Words are wonderful things. They allow us to express great joy and great sorrow when wielded with care. They can carry us away to mystical lands of fantasy, or expose the cold, hard truth of human cruelty.
We each have the opportunity to read great literature and write the songs of our hearts.
I hope you’ll consider taking the time to write someone a real letter today… and find some time to read a book …