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How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special Paperback – September 1, 2012
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"The majesty of the letter has faded much in past years, but that treasure can come back. How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special is a guide to making letter writing special for the modern day. With tips on making the content of the letter worthwhile, making it more than a piece of paper in an envelope, bringing an event together, and much more, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure is a fine collection of reference and advice, not to be missed. —The Midwest Book Review
"Love this book. I've used the methods outlined in the book and highly recommend it." —Larry James, LoveNotes for Lovers e-Zine (Issue 122, November 2012)
People [once had] a certain deepness and heartfelt way of expressing themselves in letters. [But in] the age of email, online posting, and texting, that seems to have disappeared. ... [Lynette's book helps] revive this art. Even an experienced letter writer [will] come away with some useful tips they can apply to personal and professional letters. If you are someone who is just starting out working on letter writing, this is going to be the perfect guide. ...[When] people read [this book], ... they will be inspired to write something....
—Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
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Seems like everyone these days believes writing letters is a lost art. True, letter writing for the most part has given way to occasional jotted notes in a greeting card or email-style letter sent to a fellow computer user. Then, of course, mass-produced annual letters mailed to friends and relatives each holiday season still exist, although in fewer numbers all the time.
But a real letter? The kind that's thoughtfully written--by hand or on a computer--with only one recipient in mind? A rarity.
What have we lost as a society, as individuals, by allowing this not-so-fleeting form of highly personal communication to drift away?
Bonding. That's what we've lost. And a sense of giving appreciation and being appreciated. As a result, we've sacrificed the forming, strengthening, and even rebuilding of meaningful relationships.
This personal story illustrates how heartfelt letters can create enduring bonds of appreciation.
On November 21, 2008, my husband and I attended the wedding rehearsal dinner of our son, Byron, and his fiancée, Rachael. That evening, they surprised us when the two of them each made a special presentation to their respective parents--a beautifully framed, one-page heartfelt letter. Their best man and maid of honor read the letters aloud as Byron and Rachael each stood beside their own parents.
Each letter described what they had treasured about growing up in their family, what they had especially appreciated about each parent, and what values they had learned and planned to bring to their marriage.
We were deeply moved--all of us: four parents, bride and groom, and the rest of the guests. And I can tell you, those framed letters will always hold a place of honor in our homes. To this day, whenever I tell someone about that night and our treasured letters, my hand automatically moves to my heart. That's where I still feel the experience. And my love and appreciation for our son who expressed his love and appreciation for my husband and me so beautifully has truly strengthened the bonds we already felt.
And then there's the flip side. Most news stories tend to be upsetting or even frightening. I believe steady exposure to this kind of negative input can cause us to feel depressed, demoralized, frightened, helpless, or even angry. Is that good? Of course not.
I am convinced we can restore the joy, the hopefulness, the generous spirit we could be known for by writing letters of appreciation. Such letters reward both the writer and recipient. Thoughtfully considering all the ways to appreciate someone else--and putting those thoughts into a letter--can strengthen the bonds even before the letter is presented. For both, a heartfelt letter of appreciation can even be life changing.
Have you noticed? In this fast-moving world, people rarely take time to express their appreciation for another. Consequently, many have no idea what a difference they've made in someone else's life. But if they were told--in a letter meant to be read again and again--not only would they feel grateful, but they'd be inspired to do even more good in the world. Every time they'd read the letter, they'd feel just as good as the first time. That's definitely how my husband and I feel whenever we reread Byron's letter!
Can you see, then, how writing such simple expressions of appreciation in letter form might turn our world around, one relationship at a time?
Look at your own relationships. Who are you grateful to have in your life? Would you like them to know, in a very special way, how important they are to you? The tools provided in How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure help you express your innermost thoughts in ways that will warm their hearts--and yours. Let's get started now!
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Lynette Smith's book and her emphasis on personal communication is a welcome treat in an increasingly impersonal world. Highly recommended! How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special
It's far too easy to to tweet, e-mail or instant message someone and simply communicate superficially without letting others know how much we cherish their friendship or what a difference they've made in our lives.
Lynette's book gives us the simple, but so effective, "how-to" of taking our best intentions and putting them to words and paper and in ways that can make a true difference in other's lives, as well as making us feel terrific for doing so.
It can be revived, but only if you want it to. A friend was talking about the letters her parents wrote to one another. They were tied up and bundled together. Perhaps you too would like to leave a similar legacy to your family. In this book there are some templates, however I feel the most important thing you can do is use them as suggestions, drawing on your own inner feelings. For example, one of these letters which deals with "mending a torn relationship," provides an excellent starting point with which to reconnect with a friend. Receiving an actual letter in hand rather than an email that can easily be deleted surely would be a start toward recovering a lost relationship.
There's a little bit of etiquette that goes along with writing a letter. For example, when someone dies in the line of duty, one of the last things you want to write is "I know what you must be going through." No you don't and hopefully you never will. Lynette Smith helps guide you through those tricky situations, even if you are going to simply write a note on a card. Letter preferred. You'll learn how to write that special letter and even how to present it. In some instances, you may be encouraged to present a letter in person, and if possible, in private.
In this book you learn "the basics of writing a treasured letter." You'll learn how to plan it, write it, package it, present it, and enhance it. There are numerous special occasion letters/suggestions covering birthdays, school highlights, military service, romantic, family holidays (including Grandparents' Day), "cultural and religious rites of passage," and those surrounding career issues. In the latter part of the book there are numerous letter suggestions with which you can honor or thank those who have made an impact in your life. In the back of the book is a thorough five part appendix that will give the letter writer additional resources with which to work. This is definitely a book you'll want to add to your list if you want to make those special occasions sparkle and want to leave behind a legacy of yourself at the same time!
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