Letters That Encourage, Praise or Forgive
Letters take effort to cover thoughts that express encouragement, praise or forgiveness. Sure, anyone can send a text, an in-box message or a tweet. And, since social media has evolved, people enjoy those short and snappy forms of communications. Yet these off-the-cuff comments are not the same thing as true correspondence. Written from the heart, personal letters can transcend a variety of situations. They can bolster a friend’s lagging confidence after a setback. They can help a new hire feel like a team player after an exceptional job has been completed. Or, they can help one find his or her footing after doing or saying something truly regrettable. Words hold tremendous power to soothe, to heighten, and to mend.
Sometimes we need another person, such as a professional writer, to help with the wording of such letters. Letters of encouragement or praise are easier to visualize. These forms are correctly perceived as positive by their sheer wording. They nudge a person towards an event or pats him on the back as an atta boy. In truth, apologies, too, are positive letters in their own rite. Why? They acknowledge an error, ask for forgiveness, and demonstrate a concrete way that the problem can be resolved. In all three of these cases, the audience is another person, who receives the letter. The sender gains satisfaction by acting on a notion to heal something that is broken.
The other audience, which one can send a letter, is oneself. Here, too, a professional writer can help with the wording of any of these three forms of personal letters. A writer can help get the job done by giving draft deadlines, moving the task forward, and completing the letter to be signed by the client. Same as any other job, really, but with bigger personal results for the client. When such a letter is written, signed and sealed, it is sent back to the sender, who then becomes the recipient. The letter can act as a balm for the blues. Or, perhaps, it can be the compliment on a project that was never given credit by others. Nevertheless, it can be acknowledged and recorded to give merit to one’s self. Most significantly, a letter that grants forgiveness for a mistake one has made can be life changing. It is realizing that the luggage, which was packed by the sender, can be left within the letter as the sender becomes the recipient and reads it.
Such is the power of words.