We keep referring to Happy Mail in the shop and whenever we are about town. And even though we don't get a chance as often as we would like to practice what we preach, we still believe in it and promote it. We are passionate about the written word and sharing with those we love, hand written notes, cards, letters and journaling always created with the care and attention they deserves. Old school writing. It means something.
Let me back-up. Do you know what Happy Mail is? You definitely know what Un-Happy Mail is. Un-Happy is when you go to your mailbox and what is it you typically receive? Bills. Flyers. Notices. Paper like this usually doesn't really make you feel that great. This is Un-Happy Mail.
But every so often, and truly not often enough, we receive a card or even better, a letter. It may be for a birthday, or it may be just because. It may be from Mom or Grandma, or a long lost cousin or even an acquaintance. And it makes us feel special. It makes us feel loved. It means something. It has substance. This is Happy Mail.
If I was to send you an email on your birthday, I guarantee, it will be deleted soon after the day. Because, technology has stripped us of our human connection to each other. And yet, if I was to send you a card or letter, snail mailed to your postbox, I can guarantee, you would keep it longer than that email and you would read it more than once. I can also guarantee, that it will touch your heart, even your soul. This is the power of paper and pen. This is the connection we are loosing touch with. This is what a lot of us are looking for or missing.
April 1st, 2018 will mark the fifth year of Write_On a campaign of letter writing led by the creative geniuses at Egg Press & HelloLucky and co-hosted by Mohawk Paper & Sakura Of America. And it all happens during National Letter Writing Month. And for the third year, Soul Paper is on board in Saskatoon.
“Didn’t we just write letters in February?”
“What was InCoWriMo?”
InCoWriMo did just happen in February and was a very, very successful “International“ event. But the National Letter Writing Month campaign is the brain child of Scholastic and the United States Parcel Service (USPS) to promote joy, connections, artistic expression and sharing through hand-written correspondence. It is a way for us to unshackle ourselves from technology and put our souls into something that will mean the world to the recipient.
“So why is Soul Paper doing this?”
We believe in Happy Mail. It is one of the founding cornerstones of our little shop. One of the disappointing things in our lives, is going to the mailbox every day to find … un-happy mail. Flyers. Bills. Summons to appear in court. Tax forms. You know the depressing, trivial, mundane mail. The stuff that we want to forget.
But Happy Mail is, that card from Auntie Gertie for your birthday or pictures and a notecard from your son away at camp or that touching letter from a lost friend traveling the world reaching out to reconnect. These are the letters we save in a shoebox for safe keeping and further reflection. Happy Mail creates moments that touch our souls. We believe in the cause, and want to promote it here in Canada.
“So why should I write?
There are oh so many reasons. Remember the shoebox? Wouldn't it be great for your grandchildren to happen upon it long after you are gone, and learn about you? Or even the mysterious pen pal you had in Sarikei?
How about for the simple fact that you truly wish to keep old school correspondence alive. Emoji’s have their place, but there is nothing quite as personal or heartfelt as a hand written letter. It shows that someone actually cared for you enough to write to you, and not simply email.
Or are you upset with the way the world is today? Write a letter that saves, makes a change or speaks for those who cannot. Use your words to make a change.
A great example for "why", is an excerpt of an article by Samara O’Shea for Huffpost in 2011;
“A text message that says: I Luv U
A letter that says: My dear Girl I love you ever and ever without reserve. The more I have known you the more have I loved. In every way--even my jealousies have been agonies of love, in the hottest fit I ever had I would have died for you.
(Excerpt from a letter written by John Keats in March 1820).”
“I want to get in on this! What can I do?”
1. Participate. Commit to writing a letter every day for 30 days. Even if you just put them in a shoebox for your great grandchildren to find.
2. If you are in Saskatoon and wish to participate, follow the link for more information about our Kick-Off & Stationery Swap. If you can join us, be ready to trade stamps, washi, envelopes, etc.
4. The official Write_On website.
5. Also, please connect, follow and share with these great folks too;
6. Have fun with this. It may well change your life for the better.
In the not so distant past, connections of the heart and soul were made through the simple use of pen and paper. Business was conducted in these mediums too. We as humans went blissfully along accepting the new technological age not understanding the loss that has occurred, by simply trading pen and paper, for keyboard and screen. There is an entire generation, if not soon to be two, which are lost to the world of handwriting.
A film by Ryan Couldrey delves into the writing renaissance that is upon us and features the incredible work of Tanja Tiziana.
Please, take a 7 minute break, follow the link below, and watch this truly incredible film.