Yesterday’s news feed touched on a subject that is near and dear to my heart: “The Art of Handwriting…” and its resurgence over the past few years. I nearly jumped for joy when I read: “What people are looking for, in all aspects of their lives, is authenticity in things,” says Beeson. Handwriting is about “the fuzzy feeling you get when you realize that someone actually sat down and thought of you, or when you write something for yourself,” Julie Mancini, Sip & Script’s co-founder, says.
Here is a link to the full article if you are interested: https://medium.com/s/story/the-return-of-handwriting-8a6e388bd72d
I was so excited to read the good news: Cursive Handwriting is enjoying a comeback and two states in the US have already put it back into the school curriculum. To me there is nothing more satisfying than putting pen to paper and watching the fountain pen nib create fine and bold marks on the fresh page of my journal.
Here are some of personal insights: Receiving a handwritten note during the holiday season, a birthday or anytime in between creates a sacred moment. As an example (and how timely it was!): I stopped by the post office yesterday to pick up several envelopes containing the registration for Art Quilt Campus 2019 but what continues most memorable was the personal handwritten note that accompanied the documents of one participant. I knew instantly that the person sending the card had taken the time to sit and put her sentiments and good wishes for the New Year on the blank pages. It wasn’t just a quickly scribbled “Season’s Greetings” and a signature, it was a genuine note that addressed me personally.
I believe that many of you following my blog will agree: Many social media trends have destroyed the “real” connection between our members of society. For years I have been undecided about the value of Facebook (yes, I still have trepidations!) and its easy opportunities to just join in with the masses to send “Happy Birthday” greetings in the way of an animation or the canned message that pops up when the reminder appears on one’s personal page. Having just lived through another birthday last week I could not shake an empty feeling despite the numerous wishes that kept appearing on my Facebook account page on the day and the day after. I completely understand sending a quick birthday message to someone you don’t know well, I do that too sometimes. However, my close friends and those I have a real emotional connection with will always receive a personal message in the form of a card, a phone call, an email or a private message via Facebook Messenger instead. Perhaps I am really old-fashioned when I don’t participate in today’s new trends but I will stand firmly by my conviction that a hand-written note has soul quality.
It feels good to uncap my favourite LAMY fountain pen, check the ink level, position the nib at the right angle on the white page carefully balancing the pen’s weight while centering my thoughts. It is a meditative experience, a ritual. Writing a note to a friend means I am completely focused on that friend at that moment. It takes effort but from that effort also springs joy and a sense of satisfaction! I love the art of calligraphy and all through my schooling in Germany neat and clean handwriting was important. Whenever a notebook was full with regular subject matter we were not to discard it until the white space was filled with calligraphic marks. I admit, at the time I thought it was a bit of a chore. These days I yearn for the luxury of time to embark on filling notebooks with calligraphy. My handwriting skills have suffered due to the overuse of typewriters (yes, I am of that generation…) and the computer keyboard at present. I have discovered that using my fountain pen instead of a ballpoint model makes a huge difference in how I put down cursive lettering. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside to read that classes and workshops in hand lettering are enjoying great popularity. There is hope!
On the flip side, I hear arguments like “Who has time?” and “Have you checked the cost of postage lately?” or “Why should I do it if I don’t get an answer?” Embrace the attitude that you are brightening the recipient’s day with your handwritten gift. Give without expectations! One never knows if that particular note will just be THE reason to push through a sorrowful moment… a gray day filled with sadness! We all have them and subsequently we all love the personal touch a handwritten note brings us!
As the article says:: Handwriting is enjoying a revival! How about joining this wonderful and meditative practice? I am encouraged that so many of us are returning to a more connected and mindful way of life! I am making a personal commitment to my friends, the environment, and improve our health. Last year I shifted my focus back to the home, my kitchen, creating wholesome, nourishing meals, reducing plastic and clothing waste. This year I am committing to deepening my friendships by staying in touch and sending handwritten personal notes more often. How do you feel about this subject?
Leave your comments below and let’s connect with a friend! Looking forward to listening to your personal insights.