Recently the U.S. Postal Service has been in the news spotlight. Usually we take the post office for granted but are reminded of how it weaves together so many needs and interests that are acutely important to our lives. It also binds the nation together in our interdependence. Nowadays many of us receive more mail than we really want. Much of it, “junk mail” and impersonal emails, merits no response. But during this time of quarantine and social distancing, a personal message, whether email or U.S. mail, was sent with YOU in mind. It calls—however quietly and patiently—for a response—however brief, informal or overdue—from YOU. To make this alone time a delight, exercise your own creativity and put something extra into communication, even when it can’t be face to face. There is something so heartwarming about a handwritten personal note that technology can’t convey. Human relationships will be the better for your effort.
By Mary Jackle, OSB