Give Me Patience… NOWWW…

May 30th, 2013

MunkieSee what I did there? *giggles*

Seriously, Munkie… No one finds you as hilarious as you find yourself.

Okay! On to my point…

I can’t be the only person who, as a child, sat at the window all day on my birthday, waiting for the mailman to come… because I knew he’d be bringing something for me. Most of my family lived far away, so birthday cards and packages were a guarantee.

However… Now, on my birthday, it’s filled with Facebook posts and texts. Not that I don’t appreciate those… But there’s something special about seeing your name handwritten on mail that isn’t a bill, anymore. It’s considerably sad that snail mail is dying… because instant messages just aren’t as special. I think we can chalk that up to instant gratification, lack of planning, and poor organization.

The USPS isn’t really needed anymore. Nor are stores, really. You can instantly pay bills online. You can instantly find whatever you need… online. You can send messages, cards, letters… instantly, online. Why go to the store- where it’s loud and full of people, why write a letter, why plan ahead… when we have reminder emails, instant messaging, everything we need, right at our fingertips. I have mine on all we need, right now. Right? … Maybe not.

It’s sad to me, that my son will grow up really only knowing the instant emails, shopping… Facebook (or whatever website exists in his generation) “happy birthday” messages. Sure, his grandparents send him birthday, Christmas, Halloween… cards. But I believe that with technology, there will come a time when no one will receive these, and instant messages and e-cards are all we will be sending. It’s sad because of how much time and care it doesn’t take to type out, “happy birthday!” and hit send. I did that in less than 20 seconds, on a friend’s Facebook wall, just today. I don’t want it to be this way… How about you?

They tell you to “save the Earth – send an e-card.” I’m all for the environment, but e-cards just aren’t as special. There’s something special to me about a person’s handwriting. Everyone’s handwriting is different, and to me, it’s part of their personality. It might be the writer in me, but I love seeing how someone writes. It’s kind of like someone’s signature. Pardon the pun. A font -even a fun one- just isn’t as special.

Patience is a dying trait… I see it in society, I see it in loved ones, and I see it in myself. I want the next generation to know the meaning and beauty of patience. If there’s one thing anyone knows about me, it is that I am all about technology. But my patience? That needs a little work. Anyone who has been on the phone with me while I’m driving, knows this. Someone once said, “Not all drivers are idiots… just the ones who drive around Munkie.” I believe my lack of patience is because of the instantaneous lifestyle we’ve come to live. I think we need to save it while it is currently on its deathbed. Can anyone relate?

One would say I should start my practicing patience with my driving… But let’s be realistic. *wink* I found a place to start… I’m not sure how I stumbled upon it, but somewhere along the line, I started an account at Postcrossing – I won’t tell you a lot about it – why would you check it out, if I can summarize it for you? Go look at it for yourself.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably seen pictures of the few cards I have already received… I am very excited about receiving REAL mail. (For those concerned about my safety, I am not using my real name, and I have a PO Box for this.) In addition to the excitement of finding mail that isn’t demanding something from me, a fellow Postcrossing user pointed out that she is doing this to try to save the USPS. Not on her own, of course. She sets yearly goals for postcards sent. That’s a great idea… I might do that, too.

I have found myself getting impatient… waiting for my postcards to arrive so my name will be drawn to receive another postcard. This is where I am practicing patience; it takes time. A lot of it, to and from some countries. I hope to spread this to other parts of my life, as well.

Because “real mail” is important to me, I am challenging myself to send more real mail, less emails… more real birthday cards, less e-cards and Facebook wishes. Why don’t you take the time to do the same? One letter. One card. Send something… to someone. It will make them feel a lot more special than if you simply send an email.

Take care. ❤

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