by Devin D. Marks
Grateful Host of THINKER THURSDAYS™
Founder | http://www.myTEDtalk.com
The following 4-minute Attic Letters video is part of a story-sharing exercise that highlights how 1,700 attic letters reshaped the trajectory of my life. It is also the root bed of the THINKER THURSDAYS™ reflection practice.
As you may know, each week I carve out a full day for reading, connecting, and reflecting. Whenever I pick up a pen and turn to stationary or a journal, I’m reminded of those family attic letters.
I hope something in this tale resonates with you — that you’ll write a handful of your own letters in the coming year. And that they’ll one day find their way into the hands of your great-great grandchildren.
Another weave in the above REFLECTION etymology was an essay by my college roommate, Max Kalehoff. In The Resurrection of the Handwritten Letter, he offered a contemporary celebration of analog correspondence, albeit from a digital blogger’s context. It was serendipitous timing: As he tapped his thoughts out, I was in the midst of reading through that attic trove of letters.
THINKER THURSDAYS owes a lot to the seeds planted in my heart during that season. It was a theme that matured in my work on the Attic Letters video essay. I offer a heartfelt thanks to Kathy, Joe, and Max!
Finally, if you have some REFLECTION insights or vignettes of your own to share, I invite you to do so below.
And please, don’t hesitate to hit REPLY or FORWARD on email. The more, the merrier!