Published by: Hiccup Press
Release Date: October 18, 2022
Learn How a Small, Powerful Act Can Enrich Your Life
Technology hightails us through life with impulsivity, easy way outs and distractions. We’ve never been lonelier and more anxious. This book will matter to those looking to fill their cup with deeper connections, better business acumen and happier lives. Non-judgmental in its authorship, the book marries old ways of doing things with the new, offering readers a more rewarding approach to their relationships, mental health, and career pursuits through the ritual of handwritten notes. The ritual calls for focused space to sincerely consider another human, something more common of the old days. Drawing on principles of Dale Carnegie, you’ll read a step-by-step approach on how to write a handwritten note with maximum impact, including several examples within. There are a few books out there on handwritten notes, but nothing has ever been written as philosophically in depth and as strategically minded as this book.
When you understand how deep you have to go to write a successful note—one that lifts another person up—one that lingers in people’s minds for months and months- you understand that getting into the correct mindset doesn’t start when you pick up a pen and paper, and it doesn’t end when you sign your name and send it out into the world. It starts with sincerity and wholehearted thinking about the other person and ends with making them feel valuable. The first time you set out to do this, it may take a long time and it may be difficult. In fact, if it’s not difficult then you’re probably not doing it right. Don’t phone it in, you must fully take the leap into another person’s world and think of what you appreciate about them.
Time and intentionality are key. Slow down your world and allow yourself space to process what makes the other person great. In this way, sitting down to write a note is a good processing ritual. If you want to feel deeper connections, less alone, and you want to fill your soul with goodness, you need to force everything else out. This requires time and intention. Turn your phone and laptop off. Find a quiet, distraction-free space to sit with your thoughts.
Compare this to our current world where we spend the majority of our time crafting an artificial online presence. We never think to admit mistakes, much less to sincerely apologize for them. More typically, we rationalize and/or feed our righteousness with stories that align with how others think or how we want others to see us in the world. By spending our time hitting the “like” button for things that make us feel good and scrolling past things we’d rather ignore, we protect our ego and fail to see other points of view. Meanwhile, we’re unknowingly denying intimacy and creating distance, preventing opportunity for deeper relationships. Ultimately, we’ve become lonely and isolated. Intimacy requires understanding, humility, and truthful connections.