The Power of Personal

I’m tidying my desk – how totally rock n roll is that! I’ve found this photo (taken at Reading Rock Festival with hangover in full effect) sent to me many years ago by Paul McEvoy, who is sadly no longer with us. On the back of the photo is a handwritten poem:

Another day, another year

I’ve seen you laugh and shed a tear

They say that time waits for no man

So have your fun while you still can

What’s done is done, don’t look around

Keep your hopes up high, your feet on the ground

But whatever the future might send

Don’t forget that you’re my best friend

Happy Birthday – love Paul

I’ve also found some wonderful coupons that Keira made for me last year, here is one of them.

Hug Coupon

It’s so easy to be in touch electronically that we sometimes forget the power of the personalised, handwritten note. I sometimes send people things in the post. Sketches, notes, little gifts, nothing major, just small things that are all part of the importance of keeping in touch. And often I’ll get an appreciative call from someone who has received something I’ve posted to them, and I’ll remember the power of personal.

I wonder if you can find the time to drop someone a hand written note in 2013?

Happy New Year.

Author: Doug Shaw

Artist and Consultant. Embracing uncertainty, sketching myself into existence. Helping people do things differently, through an artistic lens.

7 thoughts on “The Power of Personal”

  1. Doug, happy new year!
    I decided to send people new year postcards this year, really enjoyed doing it and cards were a bit different too!
    Like it, and reinforces what I was doing.

  2. That gold coloured card sits permanently in my suitcase. Every time I see it I smile and it reminds me of the encouragement you gave me.

  3. I’ve started making food for team meetings – crumbles, cheesecakes – that’s not hand written as such, but seems to go down better than just the email agenda!

  4. @Meg – thanks, this post literally appeared out of nowhere (aka the mess that was my desk)

    @Ian – nice work – keep it going

    @Flora – my absolute pleasure

    @Jay – cheers, and a very Happy New Year to you also

    @Noel – yes absolutely that is handwritten for sure, in fact it’s better because you can eat it. Great stuff!

    @Graham – many thanks indeed, Happy new year to you also.

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