Help Wanted: Cheerleaders for Adults

Little children have many cheerleaders in their life. They are showered with affection and words of praise when they have even the smallest victory or breakthrough. We encourage and love them with our words and actions all the time. We know how to be excited for kid’s accomplishments, but somehow we forget to transfer that encouraging attitude to adults. ‘Big people’ don’t need praise to that extent, but every small improvement (work life attitude etc) should at least be noticed, and appreciated. Be generous with your words of praise. Cheer on some ‘grownup’ today who deserves a little extra recognition.

The Lost Art of Writing Letters

The Lost Art Abigail Adams Letter to John Adams ~ Dec 23, 1782

...should I draw you the picture of my heart it would be what I hope you would still love though it contained nothing new. The early possession you obtained there, and the absolute power you have obtained over it, leaves not the smallest space unoccupied. 

I look back to the early days of our acquaintance and friendship as to the days of love and innocence, and, with an indescribable pleasure, I have seen near a score of years roll over our heads with an affection heightened and improved by time, nor have the dreary years of absence in the smallest degree effaced from my mind the image of the dear untitled man to whom I gave my heart.” 

Flowery, poetic language, scented stationary, wax seals, calligraphy, and beautiful signatures are now quite vintage. They have all but disappeared, and been replaced by efficient, constant communication. Although our primary mode of communication is no longer from quill pens and parchment paper, we can still write beautiful letters. Letters can provide tangible evidence of our love, care, and appreciation like the eloquent one above. They can also be fun notes just adding sunshine to someone's day. Regardless of the tone or content, handwritten letters have a special quality to them. They speak of thoughtfulness, and intention. What a beautiful way to say "I love you, and I care"