An Epistolary Challenge

What would a new year be without a new challenge? My challenge for 2011 is to participate successfully in the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters challenge issued by Katy Wolk Stanley of The Non-Consumer Advocate. Please take a moment to read about Katy’s project and consider participating in it.

I must admit I am absolutely AWFUL about  picking up pen and connecting it with paper via meaningful words. The keyboard, e-mail, Facebook, and texting have spoiled me horribly. The 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Project will be the perfect challenge to accompany my goal of writing each day of 2011.

I started last week with a letter to Laura, the exchange student from Bogata, Columbia who visited us. It was simple, one page, and to the point, thanking her for the gifts she gave, for sharing her culture and friendship, and wishing her well on the rest of her stay in the States.

This week’s letter will be to my future in-laws. I’m not sure who will be my next epistolary “victim.” There are so many people to whom I should write, but time is short, and I am easily distracted by the details and adiaphora of each day. I hope this project/challenge will also be one more small tool to help me focus on the present moment and to connect with the people in my life whose relationships I truly value.

The 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Project also reminds me of the records of correspondance between literary and historical figures I have so enjoyed reading and that shed such light on their lives and relationships. What will be the record of our age? Will there even be one without the carefully kept and treasured epistles that have marked previous generation’s communication with one another?

I wonder. I ponder. Yes, I will write…one word at a time. What about you?

Photo by Lenore Edman used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!

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