Writing letters. It seems so passé. So old school. Something done by our parents or grandparents.
Why write a letter…on paper…when we can send a text, write a birthday greeting on Facebook, or tag someone on Instagram? Those methods of communicating are so immediate and so efficient. And instant communication can be so gratifying. To us.
Why would anyone waste the time writing a letter?
Because the written word matters forever. Especially to the recipient.
Just ask the person who has lost someone dear to them and has a letter from the deceased. Ask them if the written word matters.
I witnessed it firsthand again this week.
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of helping a beautiful and brave 5 year old named Bianka Kucelin write letters to her family. Bianka was battling a life-limiting illness: a brain tumor. Sadly, the tumor was winning. And although I’d never helped a child as young as Bianka write letters, I was willing to try.
Knowing that Bianka loved princesses, I thought she might be amused if I showed up as a fairy godmother. So I dug out my daughter’s old “dress-up” box and donned a cape, a crown, and grabbed a wand. Anything to make a child smile.
We wrote the letters one by one, as I asked her to tell me what she loved about each of her family members.
The letters are simple. But they are beautiful. Bianka selected the stationary she liked best, and we printed the letters out. Then, she carefully signed her name to each one.
Bianka was promoted to Heaven earlier this week, and her family received her letters shortly thereafter.
Here are pictures of three of Bianka’s letters that her mother shared on Facebook.
The responses from those who have seen the letters have been amazingly touching. Over and over, people call these letters “priceless treasures.” Because they are.
Would you learn a lesson from this beautiful child?
Please make it a priority to write simple, affirming letters to those you love. And do it now.
None of us is promised tomorrow.
No, you might not get instant feedback.
The world probably won’t know about your letters.
And there probably won’t be a lot of “likes.”
But if that one special person in your life is affirmed and encouraged and has a lasting reminder of your love for them, isn’t that worth it?
And if you don’t know where to start or don’t consider yourself a writer, please let me help you.
The whole purpose of Leave Nothing Unsaid is to help people unlock their hearts and write words that matter forever for those who matter most.
Priceless treasures. Bianka’s letters are. Yours will be too.