The art of writing letters is getting a revamp!!!

You may see it as blatant product placement or some other sort of corporate kiss-ass move, while reading this article. That is not my intention. But I do want to give props to the developers of the lettrs app. The app has been around for a while, but I’ve only stumbled on it this past September. I’ve been using it and it’s great!

It’s a refreshing change to social media. It’s social indeed, but it takes it a step further, by regressing. It encourages its users to write letters to (leh’s be honest) strangers and develop meaningful friendships. It encourages key development of writing skills. It helps develop vocabulary skills. It allows for social development, the likes of which will have me rambling for hours.

And a simple letter brightens anyone’s day. You can’t deny that feeling of happiness knowing that someone considered you enough to write a letter asking about your day, or saying that you crossed their mind and hello, or even a letter of thanks for taking the time to read and show that they were impressed with your letter (Impressions=Likes).

The letter is vintage now. But it’s happily adapted into our technology-saturated society and is excitedly shaking it up!

And the lettr-staffers are also present and active in encouraging the use of their app, however, as long as the users write. How many social app developers do you know of who write to you personally, or add you to their networks, and actually show that they like your stuff, or even allow bits of their personality show? Most times we don’t even think of the developers as people. With lettrs you can. And thank them with personal lettrs too.

Plus for writers, the weekly topics are a fun challenge! (I won for education week! Woot! But that’s not why I wrote this. Seriously.)

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Tiny little question

Anybody else gets the oddest bits of a little Jiminy Cricket type deal going on? Like more than your conscience racking up your heart and dowsing it with guilt for a little lie you’ve told, nicking that little phone charm, or some other wrong thing that you’ve done?

Few things happen to me. Like one, whenever I do/think about  doing any wrong thing – worship songs. Like, in my head, I’m not lying, at these specific points in time. And even when I’m upset and seriously pondering just giving up on church and church life and basically every connection with God, even considering suicide, more than a couple of times –  I’m being blunt here. I really feel like I need to be. I’d get an old worship song stuck in my head. It’s totally random, but it’s there sure as I’m at the point of just renouncing and denying everything to do with Christ. And I’ve been there so many times. And each time it’s enough for me to stop crying and fighting and complaining and concentrate on the words and meditate on the message and it’s exactly what I need.

And whenever I’m just so angry and frustrated and lashing out at everyone and everything, because old issues are hard to eliminate, the exact bible story that’s relevant to that situation – in my head, one time.
I’ll tell you about one time because it’s recent. This week, Monday, I believe, I’d thought about some things my sister had done in the past that had almost literally torn my family apart. It was living the Prodigal son, but worse because, well we were that family. Even now there are repercussions to deal with. 

Randomly, I’d gone onto one of my “I’d been the perfect daughter basically trying to keep things together and deal with all this shit she left behind and she has the nerve to come back and act as if nothing had happened, selfish little…” And it continues.

And out of the blue, “imagine if Jesus had been acting like you. He died for your sins to be forgiven, taking the brunt of everything and dealing with the repercussions, while you continue life as before.”

It was the most humbling thing I’d experienced. I’d even said so aloud. To God, “Wow, okay, that was humbling…. If that wasn’t I dunno what is.”

My sister never apologised for doing what she did. I doubt she ever will. Still it’s a disturbing analogy for the state of the world. We’re born in sin,  and we have a chance to turn from it, apologise for our wrongs and not go back. And yet many of us don’t. Many of us don’t acknowledge the wrong, and go do far as to justify them. Many more of us do apologise and promise to turn away but we still continue. It’s never sincere.

And even if we do apologise and try to turn away from our wrongs and do our best to do right, what if God was like me that day? That’s a scary thought, and I’m glad he does forgive…. Without his saving grace and forgiveness, where would we all be?

So back to my question – anything like this happens to anyone?

Well, I’m back

And not much has changed.

Well some things have changed. For most of September I’ve been off of most popular social media sites. Even uninstalled them from my phone and tablet and was sorely tempted several times to reinstall. I managed for quite some time  on my own without them, although I did ultimately fail in the whole task, since it was supposed to be a fast. I honestly wasn’t doing that – just stayed away and found new vices in YouTube conspiracy videos about our favourite pop culture icons.

So switching one vice for another. Definitely not what I had in mind for the month.

Still, I did learn and relearn some things.

1) The majority of my very few Facebook notifications were spam notes from general and open groups. Nothing but spam on Twitter (which was expected, I only just joined and don’t really care to join people’s networks.) No new lettrs from people on the app. Basically nothing.

I could fall of the earth and it would ultimately not matter. So what are we really doing focusing on stuff like that.

So tying my own experience with that of Eliza Dooley in Selfie, (Pygmalion for the Millennial age, why didn’t I pick up on that sooner?)  Social media really has zero compassion or thought for you. We really shouldn’t be giving it that much power over us.

2) I ended my tech free month early – a decision that I made because I was weakened and seriously needed it back. Also, it warrant so much a fast now. After a week, I’d stopped praying, worshipping, meditative on God’s word. So why continue.  At least, that how I justified it. 

I set out to do that. To fast and focus on God rather than the random strangers/colleagues/people I’m no longer in contact with because Facebook and there is honestly nothing better to do. I started, but fell out of it. But when I did, while I did what I intended to do, it was great! No temptation, all focus on God, and strength and confidence that through him I’d get through this month. So I know from that brief experience, that it is possible. That fasting and praying are a force. God with you, what could overcome you?

And still, even though I really wanted to, like REALLY wanted to most times, whenever these sites that I have an account with were in front of me ready to be installed, I didn’t feel like it, even after if truly stopped fasting. I didn’t feel the need to be checking everything every minute.

So yeah I failed, but I learned first hand the truth of what I’ve been hearing forever now.

Also temptation is nothing to be scoffed at or dealt with on your own.

3) Giving up any sort of technology in this day and age is difficult. I’m sort of proud that I managed three weeks without Facebook.