Today is National Handwriting Day, and in a world of instant messaging via text, and a language of emotional intelligence limited to emoticons and gifs, it is still has, and maybe even more so, an important and powerful role.
Don’t get me wrong I love an emoticon and a gif, they enhance communications not limit it.
In order to enhance our writing we first need to be able to write, not perfect handwriting, not cursive handwriting, simply handwriting.
There is a Chinese proverb, “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember, Involve me, I’ll understand”
Handwriting involves us, yes it slows us down, it’s way quicker to type 140 characters, it involves senses we don’t pay attention to, and are vital to us, it involves our mental capacity, from our brain to our page, via our hand. It involves our emotions, how do we feel about what we are writing? It involves or spirit, our personal character, our values, is what we are writing in alignment with this?
There is power in the pen, as we know it is mightier than the sword, our pen is indeed our wand, we can write our goals and dreams into existence.
But where do we start? Start where you are, what can you write today? Can you write on a napkin, or on a scrap of paper? Would you feel more comfortable with a reporter’s notebook before investing in a beautiful one?
And you DO have plenty to write about, you have a whole lifetime behind you, around you, ahead of you to write about.
You can write in bullets, you can write in prose.
There is no ideal way only YOUR way.
Whatever you write today, and everyday from now on, I wish you every success xx
The The National Handwriting Association is a charity whose aims are to raise awareness of the importance of handwriting as a vital component of literacy, to promote good practice in the teaching of handwriting and to support those who work with children with handwriting difficulties.
For more information please go to https://nha-handwriting.org.uk/