Does A Letter Matter Anymore?

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

— Seneca

In an age of instant communication, does a letter matter anymore?

Does a handshake matter?

How about a high-five? A fist bump?

Is a kind word or thought still important?

Does a promise matter?

How about a phone call?

What about holding a door for someone?

Does courtesy matter?

Is listening out of style?

Are hugs old-fashioned?

Are smiles antiquated?

They all matter. Just like a letter to a friend, soldier, or acquaintance matters.

The form isn’t important. What matters is that you cared.

Wrote a letter to a soldier. It’s the best help I knew how to give.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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2 Responses to Does A Letter Matter Anymore?

  1. Natalie says:

    Letters matter a LOT. When my boys were in Navy boot camp last winter, snail mail was the only communication we had with them for ten weeks. Mail call could make or break a day, depending on if they had a letter from home. We cherished all of their letters, and have them saved in a scrapbook to remember what life was like for them at Great Lakes. Even with all of our instant communication today, personal letters on real paper still rank BIG TIME.

  2. Eric Winger says:

    That’s good to know, Natalie. Especially from a mother of two servicemen. I appreciate the insight.

    Regardless of one’s opinions about war, soldiers are still people. People in need of support. Just like the rest of us. If anyone wants to help out a soldier who may need an extra letter from time to time, you can go to


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