TGIF: Letters To:

TGIF

In the previous entry, you see ‘Letters From:‘; letters addressed to me by friends and loved ones. However, a person who receives and does not give [back] is like a dead sea – so rich in minerals, yet no life can exist there – with only inputs without outputs. It takes two hands to clap, and it takes both on either side to maintain a relationship. Letters are one of the most practical ways to do so. Two-penny letters (Hanson, Kinfolk Volume Three, p102-103) work very well as opposed to the notion that one should only write ‘proper’, lengthy letters. A simple “Hey, love your dress!” or “Meet for coffee soon, old sport.” can be so heartfelt in letting the addressee know that you are thinking of them.

I have written and sent out much letters, post cards, post-its, handmade and DIY cards to friends and loved ones through the years but two-penny letters is a quick solution with the same intent and outcome [though results vary depending on effort spent la]. One doesn’t have to fret over filling in the lines of the letter with ‘substantial’ content too. Simplicity is the way of life. There’s also lesser pressure and expectation added to the addressee; they are not forced to write something back.

We’ve all received that out-of-the-blue note from a friend; the joy and comfort that these little check-ins bring us is incredible considering the simplicity and scale of the act. It doesn’t take much time or effort to jot down a thinking-of-you note to a friend that will change their day.
Killeen Hanson (Kinfolk Volume Three)

A follow-up to Kinfolk‘s HOW TO BE NEIGHBORLY: CHECKING IN article, here‘s how you can ‘check in’ in someone else’s lives without being too over the top. And it is inexpensive too. Scattered all around hot-spots in Singapore are the Zo card racks constantly topped up and replenished with new Zo [post] cards on a regular basis. Pick up a few with interesting themes, colors, concepts, photography, etc. Bring them home, use a trusty pen to write on the blank areas of the card, give them by hand or by post whichever is preferred. For my foreign friends, you can collect all those free post cards from your country’s attractions and hot-spots (museums, tourist centers, etc), they are good for writing too.

Knowledge is power, now that you know how and what to do, send out your two-penny letters [or Zo cards]!

P.S. I would love to see your two-penny letters. Please feel free to tag me on your blogs or social media platforms, or drop me a hyperlink to your new media platforms under the comments section of this entry.

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The Everlasting Gift: Love

Gift-giving is so important be it whether that person’s primary love language is gift-giving or not.

The gift, expensive or handmade, tangible or intangible may only last temporal; chocolates will be eaten or become moldy, flowers bring delight to the recipient but die away soon after, words off an encouraging letters may fade or get eaten away by time, even objects may face degeneration and decay with time passed.

But the feelings invoked from the very act of giving far exceeds every expiry date of the gift. It may be conceived out of ceremonial custom, goodwill, loyalty, kinship, gratitude, or the highest order of them all – Love. Perhaps that’s the real reason behind the joy and happiness when girl receives flowers from boy, patient receiving fruits from friends, grandparents receiving a drawing from their grandchildren. For though the gift may no longer cease to exist in the future, the feeling one gets from the gift and the giver lingers on [forever some may say].

Thank you mother for the gift of half-boiled eggs in the morning  and the gift of LOVE! ❤

Soft boiled eggsPHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay (Ipad2)