The Power of A Written Note

by David Wasilewski

I have a 9-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter. When I was young my parents always made my sister and I write thank you cards after receiving gifts for our birthday and Christmas. I am truly embarrassed to say my wife and I have been very slack about making our kids write thank you cards. 

The Power Of A Handwritten Note

Maybe it is because it feels so old school, the kids don’t want to take time out of playing to write, we never have thank you cards when we need them or maybe it is because our kids don’t appreciate getting thank you cards from friends who do write them.

With time on my hands after Christmas, I put my foot down and got my kids to write thank you notes to everyone who gave them gifts. Three days after the cards went out, my wife gets a call from her Aunt and she is practically in tears. Why? Because she was so grateful to get the thank you cards from the kids. WOW!

This experience reminded me in this day of cell phones and social media that there is a whole generation of people who long for the days of receiving a handwritten note.

Thinking about someone with cancer or lost a loved one to cancer, I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes and write a note. If you are dealing with cancer chances are you have some time on your hands. Instead of sitting idle and worrying about your situation, write letters of gratitude to your doctors, nurses, family members or friends. It is hard to feel bad when you are in a state of gratitude.

Don’t have cards. No problem, use plain old paper or even the back of one of those really long receipts you get at the store (strange, but sure to bring about a smile). Don’t have stamps or envelops, try out It is this really cool app that works on your phone or tablet that lets you create handwritten cards for you and mails them. You can even upload pictures.


Or, send an ecard. I got a birthday ecard last year with William Shatner singing me happy birthday. It blew me away. It was from American Greetings. Here is a link to it: American Greetings Ecards 

American Greetings Ecards

Not sure what to write? We have a blog post for that.

Love your thoughts

Over the last few months, I have been thinking about how we could make WhatNext more than just a place people drop in from time to time, but also a place where helpful relationships start and grow. One of my thoughts is to start a WhatNext letter writing club. However, I am not sure if it is a good idea or how to implement it. If you have any thoughts, please share them by posting an answer to my question – WhatNext letter writing group, what do you think?

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