The Power of Written Word
There’s a math teacher at the high school my sons go to, but he teaches more than math. He instills in his students the beauty and power of the handwritten note. Each semester his students write handwritten letters to several individuals who have had a special impact on their lives. It’s private. It’s personal. And it’s powerful. I’ve spoken to a few of the people who received these letters, and they were profoundly touched.
There’s also a football coach at the same high school who starts each varsity season with a helmet decal ceremony. Basically, it’s a gathering on the football field with players and parents on a weeknight before the first game. The ceremony is simply the players placing a Glenbard West “G” sticker on their helmet that's earned through a long summer camp and practice schedule. Each player also shares with their parents a personal handwritten letter. I still have mine from my oldest son’s two varsity seasons.
And then there’s me at Assurance who has already written a handful of personal notes this year to thank or congratulate someone for a special effort. I hope these handwritten cards have a positive impact and put a smile on the faces of those who received them. I also received my first card in 2017. I can tell you that I was profoundly touched, and keep it with every other handwritten note I've received at Assurance.
It’s true. I can’t guarantee that putting pen to paper and sending personal notes out into the world this year will have the same powerful effect as the examples I’ve shared above. But I’ll always be willing to bet on the power of the handwritten word and its ability to make a positive and lasting impact.
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